The fight was off to a fun start with both fighters connecting some hard shots. Guillard was taking some punishment early on in the first round, but he turned up his speed and connected with numerous shots. Guillard was starting to take control of the fight until Pearson threw a wild jumping knee. It barely connected, but Guillard caught him and turned toward the fence. This is where things got tricky.
Pearson had one knee and one hand on the ground and just as he lifted them, Guillard connected with a devastating knee. This caused Pearson’s hand to drop back to the ground just as Guillard connected with a second. The crowd showed disapproval calling foul of the attacks and the referee stepped in.
The replays proved that the first knee was, indeed, legal but the second was an illegal knee to the head of a downed opponent. Pearson suffered a cut on his forehead that caused the doctor some concern and the fight was called off. It was ultimately ruled a no contest.
Melvin Guillard and Ross Pearson Fought to a No Contest (Illegal Knee) 1:57 of Round 1