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The co-main event of the evening should be a fun lightweight scrap between Ross Pearson and Melvin Guillard.
Pearson returned to the lightweight division after a failed experiment at featherweight, and he has looked better than ever since coming back to 155. Two straight TKO performances against George Sotiropoulos and Ryan Couture have put Pearson's name back in the fold.
After winning five straight fights to earn himself a place among the elite, Guillard began to falter against the top tier of the division. Losses to Joe Lauzon, Jim Miller, Donald Cerrone and Jamie Varner set Guillard back a ways. Changes in camps did not help either.
Guillard got a KO win over Mac Danzig earlier this year to give the lightweight some more confidence, and that could spell trouble for Pearson.
Pearson is the better technical boxer, but Guillard's speed and power are the ultimate difference. He can end the fight at a moment's notice. And when he chooses to use his wrestling, he can also establish dominance on the ground.
If Pearson can move effectively, he can take this to the cards, or there is always a chance to catch Guillard in a submission. However, that is not Pearson's strongest aspect. Guillard's speed will eventually lead to a vicious KO.
Prediction: Guillard defeats Pearson by KO in the first round.