The bumpy rides continued for Melvin Guillard under the Bellator banner. His winless skid with the promo reached four fights in an entirely one-sided unanimous decision to Chidi Njokuani in Friday’s Bellator 171 main event.
The 180-pound catchweight fight headlined the Bellator 171 lineup at Kansas Star Arena in Mulvane, Kan. The main card aired on the Spike following prelims streamed on MMAjunkie.
Although Njokuani (17-4 MMA, 4-0 BMMA) picked up the convincing triumph, his clash with Guillard (32-17-2 MMA, 0-3 BMMA), who displayed essentially none of the unsafe striking prowess he’s become so well known for, was simply unusual.
The first round of the fight saw more referee interaction than the majority of cards will see completely. After a non-active first 2 minutes, referee John McCarthy alerted both fighters for timidity. Shortly thereafter, Guillard landed an unexpected low blow from the clinch. Minutes later on, Njokuani connecting with an unlawful knee as Guillard tried to get up from a grounded position.
The action had the ability to stream much smoother in the second round. Njokuani’s enormous size benefit enabled him to keep the fight at his desired striking range as he chose “The Young Assassin” apart with kicks. Guillard aimed to change the rate of the fight by shooting for numerous takedowns, however he was never able to ground his challenger for any meaningful part of time. Njokuani almost got a blockage when he injured Guillard with a body shot near the end of the round, but he didn’t have adequate tim to end the fight.
With momentum on his side Njokuani went the safe path in the last round. He waited on Guillard to close the distance when he turned the tables and scored with a takedown of his own. He got into dominant positions and worked away with ground strikes, but Guillard survived until the last bell.
Njokuani won the fight convincingly by scores of 30-25, 30-24 and 30-26, moving his unbeaten streak to 9 fighters considering that his most recent defeat in March 2013. Guillard, meanwhile, has just 2 wins in his past 11 contests in general.