Alexander Gustafsson vs Antonio Rogerio Nogueira To Headline March 8 Event in London, Guillard/Pearson Rematch

We know UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones will be fighting Glover Teixeira early in 2014. We didn’t know though when Alexander Gustafsson would return to the cage.

UFC President Dana White announced after UFC Fight Night 30 yesterday that Gustafsson will return for an event on March 8 in London against Antonio Rogerio Nogueira. Thatf fight will be the main event of the show.

Gustafsson was last seen in the cage last month in an epic fight with Jones in where he lost a unanimous decision. A lot of people thought Gustafsson won the fight as well. The rematch seemed logically for their next fights, but the UFC has said if Jones gets by Teixeira and Gustafsson gets by Nogueira then they will rematch later in 2014. Rash

By the time the fight happens, Nogueira wouldn’t have fought in 13 months since he defeated. Rashad Evans at UFC 156 in February. The Brazilian has suffered a rash of injuries and will be looking for his third straight win.

It was also announced by White that Melvin Guillard and Ross Pearson will have their rematch. The two fought yesterday at UFC Fight Night 30 when it ended in a controverisial no contest when Guillard threw a questionable knee that was deemed illegal. Pearson had suffered a vicious cut on his forehead and the doctors deemed he was unable to continue.

This event will be the first event of the European tour in where the UFC will be having shows in big European cities throughout 2014.

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UFC Fight Night 30 Results: Machida Knocks Munoz’s Head, Guillard vs Pearson Ends in Controversy

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.

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Watch UFC Fight Night 30 Weigh-Ins Today Starting At 11 AM ET At

UFC Fight Night 30 takes place tomorrow night from the Phones 4u Arena in Manchester, England. The main event will feature former UFC light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida making his debut at middleweight as he will square off with Mark Munoz. The co-main event will feature Melvin Guillard facing off with Ross Pearson in lightweight action.

Before the card takes place, all 24 fighters will weigh-in today to make their fights official. Weigh-ins take place at Manchester Central in England and the first fighter will tip the scale at 11 a.m. ET.

You can watch today’s weigh-ins at the video above.

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