The main event of UFC Fight Night 30 featured the middleweight debut of former light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida, who was set to face off against Mark Munoz, who he was training with just a few weeks ago before he stepped in to replace an injured Michael Bisping.
Many had been calling for Machida to make the move to 185-pounds, so it was going to be interesting to see how his body reacted to the weight cut and how he would perform in his debut.
The fight started off with Machida working his usual range on the outside with his unorthodox karate style, while Munoz was playing it safe and try to avoid making the mistake that many fighters make against Machida by charging in.
After the early feeling out process and mutual respect that each fighter was showing, it was Machida that struck first with a powerful kick to the body.
Machida kept the center of the octagon and began to stalk Munoz, showing a little more aggression than we have seen from the Brazilian fighter in the past. By upping his output, Machida was able to score a beautiful head kick that sent Munoz immediately to the mat.
Munoz had his hand in place, but Machida’s power at middleweight was exactly what we had all thought it would be as he earned the first-round KO.
In a very special moment, Machida showed some restraint and sportsmanship that we don’t always get to see inside of the octagon as he pulled back on delivering a punch to the head of an already unconscious Munoz.
Official time of the stoppage was at 3″10 in Round 1.
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