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UFC Fight Night results recap: What’s next for Lyoto Machida?

There are many potential suitors for “The Dragon,” but who will be at the center of his next move?

In a “Knockout Of The Night“-winning performance, Lyoto Machida made quick work of his friend, Mark Munoz, who succumbed to a headkick by the Brazilian in the first round (watch full video highlights here).

Making his Middleweight debut, Machida looked outstanding physically prior to the fight (see side-by-side here) and eventually inside the cage, too. He was able to circulate faster, as he was lighter on the feet, yet still possesses the same power with the ability to finish a fight against nearly anyone when he hits him clean.

Now, this is where it becomes interesting for the former Light Heavyweight champion.

Although an immediate title shot against the winner of Chris Weidman and Anderson Silva at UFC 168 seems a bit unreasonable (maybe not after this), he is not far away. This may upset the Machida nonbelievers, who may think he is either overhyped or given title shots too generously; however, he immediately inserted himself in the Top Five of his new home after one fight.

Maybe some question the legitimacy of his opponent, Munoz, and that Machida being heavily favored, needs a tougher test to establish himself as a title contender at 185 pounds. The truth is, Munoz never troubled Machida and “Filipino Wrecking Machine” was stopped faster than he has ever been in his entire career.

He could face Michael Bisping, the fighter he replaced in the main event because of the European suffering an eye injury, and it would be a decent fight. Bisping has been unable to obtain a title shot in the promotion to date despite chasing one for a while now. Machida may need a tougher opponent, which is not to say “The Count” is not tough. It’s jus that for someone who has been longing for a title shot for the duration of his UFC tenure and has not earned it yet, Machida may look better against a more accomplished opponent.

There is talk of an anticipated bout with Vitor Belfort, but he hands his hands full with Dan Henderson at UFC Fight Night 32 (and even if it would make sense for Machida to face the winner of that fight, nobody wants to see Machida duke it out with Henderson again … at least not any time soon). Regardless, with Belfort’s topsy-turvy demands and the controversies that revolve around him and his TRT usage when it comes to being licensed in the United States, it may be risky to book a fight with title implications if that title fight cannot happen in Brazil.

Anyway, he already has a fight.

Gegard Mousasi, who has not been seen or heard since his win over Ilir Latifi at UFC on Fuel TV 9 earlier this year in April (apart from petitioning a fight with Belfort) could be another great option for Machida. “The Dreamcatcher” has fought all over the world in Strikeforce, Dream, K-1, PRIDE FC and Deep, and his toughness and durability would pose potential problems for “The Dragon.”

Then, there’s a fellow Brazilian by the name of Ronaldo Souza.

“Jacare” has finished all six of his latest opponents by stoppage (in UFC and Strikeforce), and he looked outstanding in his latest victories against Yushin Okami and Chris Camozzi, not letting either of them see the second round.

Souza is in a familiar place when it comes to his fellow Brazilian counterpart — he is more or less one win away from being considering the next title challenger and this would be a perfect title eliminator fight. Book that fight in a headlining slot in Brazil, and watch the sparks fly.

Whatever is next for Machida, one thing is for sure: He proved that he can still be a dangerous and dynamic force in his new division, and that when he is on his game, he looks like one of the world’s best fighters. With a controversial loss to Phil Davis at UFC 163 now erased from his memory, he can focus on what he needs to do to compete for a title in the weight class below the one he was fighting at for so long.

With a performance identical or at least close to the one we saw at UFC Fight Night 30 against Munoz, that shot would not be far away.

For complete UFC Fight Night 30: “Machida vs. Munoz” results click here.

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UFC Fight Night 30 Prelims: Al Iaquinta Outduels Piotr Hallmann to Unanimous Decision

The Serra-Longo Fight Team has reason to tout Al Iaquinta.
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UFC Fight Night 30 bonuses: Lyoto Machida earns award for knockout of Mark Munoz

If there’s a way to make a weight class change in one’s thirties look more flawless than Lyoto Machida’s middleweight debut at UFC Fight Night 30 on Saturday, it would have to be extraordinarily spectacular. Machida, along with each of the other winners of the post-fight bonuses, earned $ 50,000 for his Knockout of the Night award at the Phones 4u Arena in Manchester, England.

The former UFC light heavyweight champion, 35, dispatched friend and training partner Mark Munoz, 35, at just 3:10 of the first round with a blistering head kick. Munoz was able to partially block the strike, but to no avail. The thundering kick sent Munoz crashing to the mat, his arms flailing above his head. Machida dove in to finish him off, but pulled back at the last minute as referee Leon Roberts intervened.

Machida’s victory raises his record to 20-4 while Munoz slides to 13-4.

Earning Submission of the Night and doing so in his UFC debut was Nicholas Musoke, who submitted long-time UFC veteran Alessio Sakara in the very first round with an armbar.

While the middleweight pair began the fight rocking each other with winging punches, it was Musoke’s armbar from the guard which he turned into a Russian variation that ended the bout on the ground. The tap came officially at 3:07 of the very first round round. Musoke climbs to 11-2-1 in MMA while Sakara drops to 15-11 with 1 no-contest.

Last, but certainly not least, middleweights Andrew Craig and Luke Barnett each earned Fight of the Night honors with their two-round chaotic affair. Barnatt, 25, pumped his jab the entire first round, but close to the end of the frame drilled Craig, 27, with a one-two combination that sent the American reeling. Barnatt, however, failed to capitalize and Craig was able to make it to the second frame. The Brit would not be held back, though, and used an uppercut to rock Craig again. As the American tried to recover, Barnett landed a hip toss where he was able to secure back control and eventually a rear naked choke 2:12 of the second round.

The win brings Barnatt’s record to 7-0 while Craig slides to 9-2.

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UFC Fight Night 30 results recap: Biggest winners, losers from ‘Machida vs Munoz’ in Manchester

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) returned to United Kingdom for the 14th time on Saturday (Oct. 26, 2013), delivering an action-packed night of fights at UFC Fight Night 30 from Phones 4U Arena in Manchester, England.

In the night’s main event, Lyoto Machida wasted no time in his Middleweight debut, knocking out his friend Mark Munoz (watch full fight video highlights here) in the very first round via head kick. Machida looked faster, lighter on the feet, and even more crisp with his punches, proving this new home could have been the right one all along for “The Dragon.”

Unfortunately, in a sport like mixed martial arts (MMA), each bout can only have one winner and one loser. Earning a victory inside the world-famous Octagon is the highest of highs, while suffering a defeat in front of millions of viewers can be the lowest of lows. Every competitor who steps foot in the eight-walled cage is looking for that moment of glory.

Some capture it, others don’t.

There were several shining stars on UFC Fight Night 30, including submission experts and familiar faces securing big wins. With that said, it’s time to name the biggest winner and biggest loser from the event in England.

Drum roll please …

Biggest Winner – Lyoto Machida

Like Jon Anik said on the broadcast, “Welcome to the Middleweight division, Lyoto Machida.”

It did not take long for “The Dragon” to finish Munoz, earning the fastest stoppage of his career and unleashing a devastating left leg head kick that knocked out his former training partner in round one. Machida did not follow up with punches, and they were not necessary anyway because Munoz was clearly out.

This is a 185-pound debut even more successful than anyone would have anticipated, as Machida looked a class above Munoz and was not troubled — nor hit badly — in any point of the match.

It will be interesting to see whom the brass decides is next for Machida. He is always a fighter who revolves around title contention. And even though an immediate Middleweight title shot seems is premature, if he can do the same to his next opponent, the discussion will be inevitable.

Runner Up — Jimi Manuwa

In front of his English crowd, Manuwa did not win the way he may have wanted to, with Ryan Jimmo bowing out of the fight because of an injury. However, Manuwa looked pretty good for a guy who started training for the sport in 2008 and the crowd ate up his every move.

What is ironic is that out of Manuwa’s three UFC fights, his opponent either could not continue because of injury or doctor stoppage.

Still undefeated, Manuwa should now anticipate a notch up in challenges, and maybe it is too soon for a Top 10 opponent, although that type of competitor is not far and looms in the distance waiting for him. Still undefeated (14-0), Manuwa proved that his hype is legit after beating a seasoned veteran like Jimmo.

Biggest Loser — Mark Munoz

It is difficult to see Munoz in this category because he is such a nice and respectful dude. And there is no shame in losing to Machida. The reason he takes the cake on this one is because he lost in the first round by knockout and was unable to trouble his opponent even once during the course of that round.

Munoz will come back, and presumably stronger, but it proves that he is somewhat a long way from being considered as a legitimate title threat. And depending on which platform you visit, his Top 10 status is most likely in jeopardy.

“Filipino Wrecking Machine” is no slouch, with wins against Tim Boetsch, Chris Leben and Demian Maia in his last three appearances; however, it is the important fight that will propel him to the top that he has lost with Chris Weidman, Yushin Okami and now Machida taking those chances away from him.

He is still 5-2 in his last seven, which are all the fights that followed his loss to Okami more than three years ago; therefore, losing only three fights out of a possible eight in three years is quite good. Although, he needed this win to prove he was one of the top middleweights in the world and now that passes him by.

Runner Up — Alessio Sakara

“Legionarius” has been with the company since 2005, making his debut at UFC 55, but after suffering his fourth-consecutive defeat by way of submission at the hands of Nicholas Musoke, that may be all she wrote for his UFC career for the time being.

Sakara looked good in the opening minute of his fight with promotional newcomer Nicholas Musoke, besides being tagged by his opponent, too. Sakara was dishing out the punches, not afraid to engage in a war, though once the fight hit the ground, his night was cut short.

He lost by first-round armbar (watch full video highlights here), and that is his second loss via stoppage in his last four bouts. He was disqualified at UFC 154 against Patrick Cote for punches to the back of the head and Chris Weidman schooled him for three rounds at UFC on Versus 3 more than two years ago. His last win was a stoppage over James Irvin in 2010 more than three years ago.

Sakara is now 15-11-(1), with a promotional record of 6-8-(1). With the recent and surprising roster cuts, and the fact that there are more to come, the promotion could cut ties with the Italian striker.

For complete UFC Fight Night 30: “Machida vs. Munoz” results click here.

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UFC Fight Night 30 Bonuses: Machida, Musoke, Barnatt, Craig Earn $50,000 Each

Four men walked away from UFC Fight Night 30 with an extra $ 50,000 in hand, including main event winner Lyoto Machida, who was awarded “Knockout of the Night” for his first-round stoppage of Mark Munoz.
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UFC Fight Night 30 results: Luke Barnatt vs. Andrew Craig full fight video highlights

Luke Barnatt and Andrew Craig earned “Fight of the Night” honors for their undercard bout at UFC Fight Night 30: “Machida vs. Munoz”. Check out the video highlights and relive all the best moments!

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Lyoto Machida Arrives at 185 Pounds, Knocks Out Mark Munoz at UFC Fight Night 30

Lyoto Machida dives into middleweight division with head kick knockout against Mark Munoz in UFC Fight Night 30 main event.
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UFC Fight Night 30 post-fight press conference video

The UFC Fight Night 30 post-fight press conference is the last piece of business to take care of after the action is over in the Octagon, and we have the live video below at MMAFighting.com.

UFC president Dana white will announce the winners of the Fight of the Night, Knockout of the Night and Submission of the Night bonuses, and winning fighters will meet the media after their fights.

The UFC Fight Night 30 post-fight press conference takes place about 30 minutes after the main event ends, meaning it will start around 6 p.m. ET. The video is above.


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UFC Fight Night: Machida vs. Munoz — Live Results & Commentary


(An elusive striker who throws punches like they cost him money vs. a former All-American wrestler. Yeah, baby. This is the matchup the Brits have been *begging* for. / Photo via Getty)

Today’s UFC Fight Night 30 card in Manchester is clearly one of those European events that we Americans aren’t really supposed to care about. But we’re here, and if you’re reading this, you’re here too. So let’s make the most of it.

In the main event, the impressively-shredded Lyoto Machida makes his 185-pound debut against Mark Munoz, while Ross Pearson will do his best not to win Fight of the Night in his meeting with Melvin Guillard. Plus: Undefeated Nigerian destroyer Jimi Manuwa slugs it out with Ryan Jimmo, and TUF Smashes winner Norman Parke will look for his third UFC win in a row against Jon Tuck.

Handling the play-by-play for us today will be George Shunick, who will be stacking results from the FOX Sports 2 main card broadcast after the jump beginning at 3 p.m. ET / noon PT. Refresh the page every few minutes for all the latest updates, and fire off your own observational witticisms in the comments section.

Welcome Potato Nation, to this Saturday presentation of the prestigious UFC liveblog. I know plenty of you are probably surfing between watching the fights and college football – not that any of you went to college, you degenerates – so this should keep you up-to-date on today’s happenings while you attempt to filter the sheer amount of sanctioned violence you will bear witness to. The main event today will be Lyoto Machida making his debut in the middleweight division against wrestler and power striker Mark Muñoz. I’m taking Machida, but don’t discount Muñoz’ knockout power or the judges’ ability to utterly fail to understand the most basic precepts of MMA. With that said, on to the fights!

Phil Harris vs. John Lineker

Like Lineker here; dude packs serious power and manages to be an exceptionally exciting fighter in an exciting division to begin with. Harris will be a test, but one he should pass.

Round 1

Harris misses an overhand. Lineker lands a low kick that spins Harris around. Overhand from Harris grazes Lineker. Low kick from Lineker spins Harris around again. Another lands. Harris’ leg is already reddened. Harris lands a 1-2 combo. Another right from Harris. Linker drops him with a right, but it’s as much a slip as the power. Body shot from Lineker. Left hook rocks Harris! He’s wobbly but fires back. Right hand drops Harris. Harris stands but he’s wobbly and eating shots. Body shots followed by a left hook to the head. Harris is in big trouble. Left hook the liver drops Harris, Lineker swarms and it’s all over. Beautiful liver shot from Lineker ends the fight.

Replay shows the punch landed on Harris’ solar plexus. As Rogan notes, Lineker didn’t make weight for the fight; still, it’s an impressive win. Lineker is still relatively raw and isn’t remotely ready to hang with John Dodson or Demetrious Johnson, but it will be interesting to see him develop over the next year or two.

Alessio Sakara vs. Nicholas Musoke

Musoke is from Sweden. Sakara is from Italy. Ummmm… that’s the extent of my analysis here.

Round 1

Musoke moving forward, but Sakara hurts him and tosses him to the ground. Sakara lands a left inside Musoke’s guard. Sakara gets caught! Musoke lands knees from the clinch! Both men are swinging in the middle of the octagon now! Musoke clinches against the fence and takes Sakara down. Sakara went for a triangle, but Musoke uses this to pass to half-guard. Now side control. Knee to the body from Musoke. Sakara regains half-guard. Sakara explodes from the bottom and starts throwing bombs from the top! Now in Musoke’s guard. WHOA! Musoke with an armbar out of nowhere wins it for the Swede!

If you blinked, you missed that armbar. Damn. Excellent debut for Musoke. Gustafsson, in the crowd, applauds his countryman’s accomplishments. In the polite, reserved Swedish manner, of course.

Norman Parke vs. Jon Tuck

Norman Parke is a TUF Smashes winner. Jon Tuck is a former competitor on TUF Live. In other words, none of you know who either fighter is.

Round 1

Jon Tuck’s nickname is “The Super Saiyan.” Well I know who I’m rooting for. Tuck opens with a headkick. He lands a low kick. Body kick from Tuck. Parke answers with one of his own. Right lands from Tuck. Parke lands a low kick. High kick from Tuck blocked. Nice left hand from Parke. Tuck unloads with three straight rights. They exchange crosses. Parke wiffs on a 1-2. Parke says he got poked but Tuck goes after him anyway; the ref doesn’t intervene. Rogan claims there was no eye poke according to replays. Both exchange crosses again; Tuck’s right against Parke’s left. Teep from Tuck. Low kick Tuck. Tuck barely misses a high kick. Parke lands a nice counter left. Right to the body from Tuck. Parke goes for a takedown at the end of the round and gets it just as time expires. Close round. 10-10.

Round 2

Left to the body from Parke, who’s gaining the momentum. Now he works the jab.Tuck is slowing down but lands a nice body kick. Parke lands a counter left, the a shot to the body. Nice right from Tuck. Uppercut from Parke. Right hook, left cross from Parke. Parke is putting the pressure on now. He’s beginning to land more and more. Left to the body followed by a kick from Parke. Uppercut Parke. Three punch combo for Parke. Nice body shot from Tuck, but immediately countered with a cross. Another cross lands for Parke. Parke isn’t letting Tuck breathe. He’s continuing to land combinations at will. Tuck is tired, and it’s really showing right now. He tries for a flying knee, but it’s blocked. Uppercut-cross combo from Parke. Tuck misses a superman punch off the cage. Parke lands another left. Round ends, 10-9 Parke.

Round 3

jab lands from Parke. Parke misses a capoeira kick. Body shot from Parke. Tuck needs to get the fight to the ground, but he’s not making any effort to do so. They exchange in the center of the ring, smiling at each other. Tuck’s mouthpiece is knocked out, and he’s hit with a barrage as he picks it up and pops it back in his mouth. now he’s getting tagged repeatedly by Parke. Tuck is simply exhausted. Tuck lands a body shot and a knee from the clinch. Parke with a big combo, though. Uppercut from Parke. Then an overhand. Park with a body kick. Tuck is on fumes as the last minute approaches. Left over the top from Parke. 3 punch combo lands from Parke. Two big overhands from Park. They’re exchanging until the end of the round, with Parke almost landing that capoeira kick. He should win this fight handily though.

29-28, 29-28 and 30-27 for Parke. Tuck should’ve eaten a senzu bean between rounds. That’s just poor planning on his part.

Jimi Manuwa vs. Ryan Jimmo

On one hand, Jimi Manuwa is a terrifying striker. On the other, he’s got a terrible ground game. He last beat Cyrille Diabate when the latter injured his calf. In other words, I’m not sold on the hype. Jimmo by submission or decision.

Round 1

Jimmo comes forward. Manuwa lands a left. Jimmo with a low kick. He reutns with a kick that Manuwa catches. Jimmo uses this to initiate a clinch and bring the fight to the fence. Manuwa lands a knee. Jimmo focusing on positioning. The ref separates them, and Manuwa lands two knees and pushes Jimmo into the fence. Jimmo lands a knee to the face, but it lacks the impact of Manuwa’s. Manuwa landing knees to the thighs of Jimmo. Jimmo winces and turns them around against the cage. Manuwa switches now, but the ref separates them. Jimmo’s in obvious pain, and Manuwa accentuates his point with a low kick. Body kick from Jimmo. Low kick from Manuwa. Hook kick almost lands from Manuwa. Jimmo answers a low kick with a body kick. Manuwa seems like he’s beginning to slow.Jimmo has more energy, but he’s currently refusing to engage. Manuwa tries to chase him down. Jimmo lands a counter right on a hard kick from Manuwa. 10-9 Manuwa.

Round 2

Manuwa rushes in and lands a right, only to get turned around and put against the cage. Jimmo can’t land anything from this position, though. Nice knee to the face, though. The ref breaks them. BIG body kick from Manuwa. Jimmo lands a low kick. High kicked from Manuwa blocked, but vicious low kick lands. Another lands. Manuwa rushes Jimmo into the fence, and begins to land short knees until he’s quickly reversed. Still, Jimmo can’t manage to do much with this position. Jimmo is hit with a low blow, and the fight is briefly stopped. Low kick from Manuwa. Jimmo almost lands a takedown, but they’re back against the fence, neither man doing anything. They’re separated again. Manuwa pushes Jimmo into the fence. They separate and Manuwa lands a big knee! Suddenly Jimmo goes down; it doesn’t appear to have been caused by the knee. The fight is over. The Curse of Manuwa strikes again.

Rogan asks Manuwa what sorcerer he trained with prior to this fight. Or he would if he was a responsible broadcaster! Alas, we will never know what dark magics played a role in his triumph. In the meantime, we get a shot of Michael Bisping firing up the crowd with something other than vitriol. Only in Britain.

Ross Pearson vs. Melvin Guillard

This fight isn’t as one-sided as some of you might think. Yes, Guillard has the speed and power, but on the other hand… he’s Melvin Guillard. He can be dominating the fight, but the instant something goes wrong he loses. His misfortunes metastasize as a single slipping rock may set off an avalanche. Should he win? Yes. Will he? I’m not so sure.

Round 1

They touch gloves. Guillard moving on the outside. Pearson with an inside leg kick. Guillard lands a left. Kick checked by Pearson. Inside kick from Pearson. Guillard misses an uppercut. Guillard lands a right to Pearson’s temple. And another. Guillard is loose now. Pearson still pushing forward. Knee from the clinch by Guillard. Flying knee from Pearson, who lands on the canvas! As he tries to reutrn to his feet, Guillard knees him in the temple. The fight is stopped; the first knee is barely legal. However, the second knee is technically illegal – Pearson’s hand was on the ground. All in all, an unsatisfying conclusion to this business.

The fight is declared a no-contest due to an accidental illegal knee. The audio keeps cutting out, presumably due to audience profanity, as Rogan tries to interview Pearson. Pearson has a nasty cut on his forehead; even if the fight wasn’t stopped for an illegal blow, it wouldn’t have lasted much longer. That cut would’ve been a fight-ender.

Lyoto Machida vs. Mark Muñoz

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Round 5

Preliminary Card Results
- Al Iaquinta def. Piotr Hallmann via unanimous decision (30-27×2, 29-28)
- Luke Barnatt def. Andrew Craig via submission, Round 2, 2:12
- Jessica Andrade def. Rosi Sexton via unanimous decision (30-26×2, 30-27)
- Cole Miller def. Andy Ogle via unanimous decision (29-28×3)
- Jimy Hettes def. Robert Whiteford via technical submission, Round 2, 2:17
- Brad Scott def. Michael Kuiper via submission, Round 1, 4:17

 

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UFC Fight Night 30 live blog: Norman Parke vs. Jon Tuck

This is the UFC Fight Night 30 live blog for Norman Parke vs. Jon Tuck, a lightweight bout at Saturday night’s UFC event at the Phones 4u Arena in Manchester, England.

Parke, who is 2-0 in the UFC, will face Tuck, who is 7-0 in his career, on the main card.

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