UFC Fight Night 30 is certainly not the most star-studded event in the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s history, but it is filled with lots of intriguing matchups. In the main event, Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida will make his middleweight debut against “The Filipino Wrecking Machine,” Mark Munoz.
Here are my predictions for the UFC Fight Night 30 fight card set for Oct. 26, at the Phones 4U Arena in Manchester, England:
Lyoto Machida vs. Mark Munoz
For years, Machida (19-4-0, 7 KOs) was a force to be reckoned with fighting as an undersized light-heavyweight, winning 11 of his 15 fights in the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s 205-pound division, even enjoying a short reign as the champ.
It’s only rational to expect Machida to be even deadlier as a middleweight, meaning Munoz (13-3-0, 6 KOs) will likely be in for a long night when he squares up against his buddy.
Machida typically excels against wrestlers thanks to his excellent footwork and solid takedown defense. Lyoto should be able to keep the fight upright for the majority of their UFC Fight Night 30 showdown, and it’s hard to see Munoz besting him in striking match.
Prediction: Machida wins via TKO.
Ross Pearson vs. Melvin Guillard
The most likely candidate for “Fight of the Night” honors at UFC Fight Night 30, expect fireworks when these two meet inside the Octagon. Both men are explosive, heavy hitters with solid takedown defense to go with their striking skills.
Pearson (15-6-0, 5 KOs) would be wise to try and exploit “The Young Assassin’s” tendency to panic when grounded by sneaking in a submission, but putting Guillard (31-12-2, 20 KOs) on the canvas is no easy task.
More than likely, Melvin will catch him with a big shot at some point during the fight.
Prediction: Guillard wins via KO.
Jimi Manuwa vs. Ryan Jimmo
Manuwa (13-0-0, 12 KOs) has been nothing short of impressive ever since joining the UFC’s roster, smashing Kyle Kingsbury during his promotional debut, doing the same to Cyrille Diabaté four months later. Given how good Manuwa looked against a technically solid striker like Diabaté, it’s hard to see Jimmo (18-2-0, 7 KOs) getting much done against him at UFC Fight Night 30.
Prediction: Manuwa wins via TKO.
Norman Parke vs. Jon Tuck
Tuck (7-0-0, 3 KOs) earned a unanimous decision during his UFC debut, but he’ll have his hands full when he collides with Parke (18-2-0, 12 submissions). Norman is the significantly more experienced MMA fighter, and he should be able to grind Tuck down with his grappling at UFC Fight Night 30.
Prediction: Parke wins via decision.
Remaining fights :
Alessio Sakara defeats Nicholas Musoke
John Lineker defeats Phil Harris
Piotr Hallmann defeats Al Iaquinta
Andrew Craig defeats Luke Barnatt
Rosi Sexton defeats Jessica Andrade
Cole Miller defeats Andy Ogle
Jimy Hettes defeats Robert Whiteford
Michael Kuiper defeats Brad Scott