Co-main event forced to undergo a reshuffle for the O2 show.
English mixed martial arts star Ross Pearson has been forced to withdraw from his March 8 rematch against Melvin Guillard due to a knee injury.
Guillard’s former Blackzilian teammate, Michael “The Menace” Johnson, will step up for the UFC Fight Night co-main event in London.
Pearson tweeted out the bad news earlier today.
It's true I'm sorry to everyone especially @Young__Assassin hurt my knee in training & need surgery! I will be back ASAP bigger & stronger
— Ross Pearson (@RossTheRealDeal) January 23, 2014
Winner of back-to-back bouts over Joe Lauzon and Gleison Tibau, Johnson’s bout with “The Young Assassin” promises to be one of the most memorable of the new year.
In the main event at the O2 Arena, light heavyweight contender Alexander Gustafsson squares off with British knockout artist Jimi Manuwa. UFC London 2014 takes place on March 8