The UFC Fight Night 37 co-main event features a bout between friends and former training partners as Michael Johnson takes on Melvin Guillard. The two men trained together during Guillard’s brief stint with the Blackzillians camp in Boca Raton, Florida. Johnson enters the bout on an impressive two fight winning streak with vicious wins over Gleison Tibau and Joe Lauzon. Guillard is 1-2 with 1 no contest in his last four bouts, but don’t let that fool you. Guillard was starching Ross Pearson in his last bout before an accidental illegal knee resulted in a no contest.
Checkout the play-by-play and result to the fight below;
Lightweight Bout: Michael Johnson (14-8) vs. Melvin Guillard (31-12-2, 2 NC)
Round 1: No touch of gloves to start this one. Johnson throwing a lot of kicks to begin. Guillard with a two punch combo. Leg kick form Johnson. A Johnson kick goes low which causes time to be called. My Internet dropped so I have no idea what happened between 4:30-3:30 into the round. Guillard whiffed on a huge right hand. Johnson shoots for a takedown but gets stuffed. Leg and body kick from Johnson. Guillard clips Johnson with a left hook! Johnson closes the distance quickly. Guillard stuffs the takedown and hits Johnson with a knee. Johnson lands a nice left to end the round. SciFighting scores the round 10-9 Guillard.
Round 2: Johnson lands a lead left to star the round. Both men very tentative in this match-up. Front kicks from Guillard that miss. Strong leg kick from Johnson. Straight left lands for Johnson. Body kick from Johnson. Guillard pushes forward with punches but nothing lands. Right uppercut from Guillard. Johnson counters a Guillard right with a nice left straight. Leg kicks form Johnson. Johnson opening up with a lot of kicks here. Guillard is waiting to counter with a home-run shot. Huge left hand from Johnson rocks Guillard! Guillard recovers. Johnson ends the round with feints. SciFighting scores the round 10-9 Johnson (19-19 overall).
Round 3: The fighters touch gloves to start the third. Guillard throws a big overhand right that misses. Johnson counters Guillard with a straight left and hits a nice takedown off of it. Guillard works his way back to his feet. Spinning back kick from Guillard misses. Leg kicks from Johnson. Nice left hook from Johnson that makes Guillard back-up. Straight left from Johnson puts Guillard on wobbly legs! Johnson working for a takedown against the cage. Nice overhand right from Guillard on the exit. Jab from Johnson pushes Guillard back again. Johnson seems to be the quicker puncher here. A left hand form Johnson rocks Guillard again! Guillard seems to have been poked in the eye but the fight continues. Great dirty boxing from Johnson. The round ends with Johnson pushing forward. SciFighting scores the round 10-9 Johnson and the fight 29-28 Johnson.
Result: Michael Johnson def. Melvin Guillard via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
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