Pearson out of UFC London, Michael Johnson set as Replacement
An injury sees Ross Pearson sidelined for UFC Fight Night 37, with Melvin Guillard now facing Michael Johnson.
Author: Jay Furness
Ross Pearson and Melvin Guillard were due to rematch following their disappointing No Contest in Manchester back in October. However, plans for the second encounter have been cancelled following an injury to ‘The Real Deal’, forcing him out of the contest.
UFC officials stated that a knee injury has sidelined Pearson from UFC Fight Night 37 in his native England, but a replacement has been found. It’s not clear as yet how severe Pearson’s injury is.
Despite the initial disappointment, fans may be pleased that Michael Johnsonhas been drafted in for the London show as an opponent for Guillard. Stylistically it still looks like an exciting matchup on paper.
TUF finalist Johnson has picked up some real momentum of late, scoring back-to-back victories over Joe Lauzon and Gleison Tibau in the latter part of 2013 to see out the year.
Of his six UFC victories he has won three by knockout, and not much more needs to be said about Guillard’s finishing ratio. Both men will be looking for an emphatic victory to cement themselves amongst the upper echelon of the UFC lightweight division.
The pair are former training partners at the Blackzilians camp, adding an intriguing extra dimension to the matchup.
The card is topped by the light-heavyweight bout between Alexander Gustafsson and Jimi Manuwa, and a strong supporting undercard is in place. Check out the card HERE.
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