Lyoto Machida made a strong statement at UFC Fight Night 30, knocking out Mark Munoz during his middleweight debut, while a poor call by referee Marc Goddard ended up robbing Melvin Guillard of a TKO victory against Ross Pearson.
Here are the results of the UFC Fight Night 30 card held on Oct. 26 at the Phones 4U Arena in Manchester, England:
Lyoto Machida def. Mark Munoz
Machida took his time at UFC Fight Night 30, patiently stalking Munoz. He chose his spots carefully, sporadically landing kicks to the body, and he eventually caught Munoz with a high kick thrown off a low feint. It landed flush and Munoz’ eyes rolled backwards as he collapsed on the canvas, forcing referee Leon Roberts to stop the contest at 3:10 of round one.
Melvin Guillard vs. Ross Pearson
As expected, both men came out swinging at UFC Fight Night 30. Melvin seemed to be landing the harder shots, and he eventually opened up a cut on Pearson with a couple of vicious knees. Unfortunately, Goddard ruled that the knees were illegal — even though that didn’t seem to be the case — and Pearson was unable to continue due to the cut, forcing a “no contest” ruling.
Jimi Manuwa def. Ryan Jimmo
Jimmo got off to a decent start at UFC Fight Night 30, slowing Manuwa’s offense down with some clinch work against the cage. Jimi made the necessary adjustments during the second round, landing hard shots, minimizing the time spent against the cage. Manuwa caught Jimmo with a flying knee that wobbled him late in the second round, and a few seconds later Jimmo collapsed to the canvas due to a leg injury. Referee Neil Hall stepped in and saved Ryan, bringing the contest to an end at 4:41 of round one.
Norman Parke def. Jon Tuck
These two spent the majority of their UFC Fight Night 30 bout trading shots, with Parke getting the better of the exchanges. Norman closed out the first round with a beautiful German suplex and he picked Tuck apart during the latter rounds, constantly moving forward, pushing the pace of the fight.
The final scores were 29-28, 30-27, and 29-28, all in favor of Parke.
Nicholas Musoke def. Alessio Sakara
Musoke looked solid during his UFC debut, surviving a few tough moments. While working off his back, Musoke trapped Sakara’s left arm, swiftly locking an armbar, bringing the contest to an end at 3:07 of the first round.
John Lineker def. Phil Harris
After a lengthy feeling out period, Lineker finally found his range, and he started unloading vicious hooks. He hurt Harris with a few punches to the midsection, and he followed up with even harder punches to the head, dropping the Brit a few times, eventually forcing the stoppage at 2:51 of round one.
Al Iaquinta def. Piotr Hallmann (unanimous decision)
Luke Barnatt def. Andrew Craig (rear-naked choke, round two)
Jessica Andrade def. Rosi Sexton (unanimous decision)
Cole Miller def. Andy Ogle (unanimous decision)
Jim Hettes def. Robert Whiteford (triangle choke, round two)
Brad Scott def. Michael Kuiper (guillotine choke, round one)