A lot of questions were surrounding Lyoto Machida as he was making his long anticipated debut at middleweight. Machida had spent his entire career at light heavyweight and becoming the champion. In front of Machida was his friend and occasional training partner, Mark Munoz.
The two battled in the main event of UFC Fight Night 30 in Manchester, England.
The fight started with feeling each other out for the first 70 seconds of the fight until Machida came in wwith a two punch combination. Munoz lunged at a takedown but missed badly. Machida then lands with two jabs and then a moment later a body kick.
Lyoto Machida defeated Mark Munoz via KO at 3:10 of Round 1
Each man is circling each other and then Machida a left head kick that knocked down Munoz and was going to throw a punch, but referee Leon Roberts came in and stopped the fight.
The co-main event feature lightweights Melvin Guillard and Ross Pearson. Fight started with both gusy trading shots in the first minute of the opening round. Guillard started opening up throwing combinations and bobbing and weaving Pearson’s shots.
With 3:10 left in the opening round Pearson attempted a flying knee, Pearson grabbed went Guillard and they to the ground. Guillard then threw a knee and then another knee with Pearson’s hand on the ground, which is illegal.
Pearson had a horrible gash on his forehead. Referee Marc Goddard said that the second knee was illegal and the doctor looked at Pearson’s cut and wasn’t allowed to continue.
Since the fight was still in the first round, the fight was deemed a no contest.