Lyoto Machida earns stunning middleweight debut with a head kick KO over Mark Munoz
Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida finished Mark Munoz in devastating fashion with a head kick knockout. Machida is a natural middleweight who opted to previously compete in the light heavyweight division, due to close friend Anderson Silva’s domination of the middleweight division. Winning the UFC light heavyweight championship from Rashad Evans and defeating top contenders such as Tito Ortiz, Thiago Silva, Randy Couture, Ryan Bader and Dan Henderson showcased “The Dragons” high quality level of martial arts. A recent split decision loss to Phil Davis meant Lyoto would drop down to his natural weight at 185lb and fight top contender Mark Munoz.
Mark “The Filipino Wrecking Machine” Munoz came into the bout with a dominant performance over Tim Boetsch. Looking to get back to back UFC wins and rumors had the winner of these two becoming number one contender in the middleweight division. The bout only lasted one round with Lyoto throwing a left head kick which seemed to be blocked by Munoz, however the sheer power broke through the gloves of Munoz. Consequently, knocking him out and earning Machida knockout of the night honors and a very memorable middleweight debut.
Also on this fight card, the co-main event between Ross Pearson and Melvin Guillard ended in a controversial no contest. Guillard delivered an illegal knee to Pearson which saw the ref call a no contest. However, this matchup has been re booked for March 8th when the UFC returns to England this time in London. Jimi Manuwa kept his unbeaten MMA record alive with a TKO over Ryan Jimmo, UFC president Dana White commented ‘It’s time to take this kid to the next level’, suggesting a big name opponent on US soil.
Other stand out performers were John Lineker with a TKO finish starting with a destructive body shot, Nicholas Musoke with a clever submission win and Luke Barnatt with a clean performance and a well-timed submission earning him and Andrew Craig the Fight of the Night honors. Also, action from the womens bantamweight division saw a hugely one sided domination as Jessica Andrade beat Rosi Sexton.
UFC Fight Night 30 in Manchester showcased the rising British and European mixed martial art talents and the large audience at the Phones 4U Arena and fan interaction throughout the week in Manchester also illustrated the rise of the UFC.
UFC FIGHT NIGHT 30 MANCHESTER RESULTS:
Lyoto Machida def. Mark Munoz via KO/TKO (Knockout of the Night)
Ross Pearson vs Melvin Guillard No Contest
Jimi Manuwa def. Ryan Jimmo via KO/TKO
Norman Parke def. John Tuck via Unanimous Dec
Nicholas Musoke def. Alessio Sakara via SUB (Submission of the Night)
John Lineker def. Phil Harris via KO/TKO
Al Iaquinta def. Piotr Hallman via Unanimous Dec
Luke Barnatt def. Andrew Craig via SUB (Fight of the Night)
Jessica Andrade def. Rosi Sexton via Unanimous Dec
Cole Miller def. Andy Ogle via Unanimous Dec
Jimmy Hettes def. Rob Whiteford via SUB
Bradley Scott def. Michael Kuiper via SUB
Blog by Dan Dudley @DDudley16