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UFC Fight Night 37: Michael Johnson In For Ross Pearson, Faces Melvin Guillard

A planned rematch between Ross Pearson and Melvin Guillard at UFC Fight Night 37 has been scratched due to an injury by Pearson.

Instead, Guillard will face Michael Johnson at the March 8 event from London’s O2 Arena. In the night’s main event, Alexander Gustafsson takes on Jimi Manuwa.

Guillard and Pearson fought in 2013, with the bout ending in a no-contest. Guillard (31-12-2) has gone 12-8 in 20 UFC appearances, including a knockout over Mac Danzig early last year.

“The Young Assassin” took to Twitter after news of the change was made official.

“Yea I know last night Ross not stupid everyday he looks in the mirror he remembers what happened last fight,” Guillard wrote. “He still got to fight (me) at some time the boss says so so rest if that’s what it really is lol.

“As for Johnson let’s get it. It’s more fun when you don’t like someone. So I’ll be the first to put it out there. I say what others are afraid.”

Johnson (14-8) volunteered to face Khabib Nurmagomedov after it was reported that nobody else would take on the unbeaten lightweight. The former Ultimate Fighter runner-up has rebounded with recent wins over Gleison Tibau and Joe Lauzon to improve to 6-4 inside the Octagon.

Below is the current fight card:

Light Heavyweight: Alexander Gustafsson vs. Jimi Manuwa

Lightweight: Melvin Guillard vs. Michael Johnson

Light Heavyweight: Cyrille Diabate vs. Ilir Latifi

Flyweight: Brad Pickett vs. Ian McCall

Welterweight: Igor Araujo vs. Danny Mitchell

Welterweight: Gunnar Nelson vs. Omari Akhmedov

Middleweight: Brad Scott vs. Claudio Henrique da Silva

Middleweight: Luke Barnatt vs. Mats Nilsson

Flyweight: Louis Gaudinot vs. Phil Harris

Bantamweight: Davey Grant vs. Roland Delorme