Ultimate Fight Night 30 Results And Recap: Machida Knocks Out Munoz In One


The prelims delivered with some thoroughly exciting bouts in Manchester, England. Ultimate Fight Night 30 has been made all the more enjoyable by the fans, who make their support heard very well. Lets hope the main card is just as good.

The Flyweights John Liniker and Phil Harris went at it first, and it was a scrappy affair. Liniker lands well with power punches early on, but the Brit Harris is game and counters with straight punches. A huge right drops Harris but he gets up, and they trade big time on the feet. Harris looks to be hurt and he is backing up, a huge left to the gut and it’s over. First round TKO for Liniker, who was likely fighting for his career after missing weight again.

Alessio Sakara faces Nicholas Musoke in a Middlweight clash now, and I doubt this one will last long. Nico comes out jabbing but gets tagged with a huge right hand, he recovers after a scramble and now he rocks Sak with a straight right and he is hurt. They trade like crazy and Nico ends up in guard after a takedown, what a great fight!

Nico in half guard now, and scoots to side control pushing his knee down on Sakara’s belly. Sakara slips out the back and now he is on top winging big punches. Nico throws up a leg and locks in a super tight armbar, and its over! What a war that was, with Musoke stealing a submission win in his debut.

Now its time for Norman Parke vs. Jon Tuck at Lightweight, and they look ready for this one. Tuck opens with high kicks, Parke answers in kind. A tentative start by both guys, as they jab and faint their way in. The Brit Parke is a southpaw, and circles outside of Tuck’s orthodox jab. Big right hands and a flying knee by Tuck, but Parke fires a sturdy left hook.

Now Parke is complaining of an eye poke, so Tuck decides to wing a head kick-what a guy. This is a close round as they both fire good straight shots, Tuck is slowing a bit now and Parke turns it up well. Wow Tuck looks gassed as Parke land a ridiculous side slam, nice first round and too tight to score.

Round two commences and Parke is pushing Tuck back with punches and he catches Tuck win a nice uppercut to the chin. A left to the body from Parke, and again to the gut; he is owning the round so far. He doubles with a right to the head followed by straight shots to the dome, and now a big uppercut down the pipe.

Parke cuts nice angles as he lands an uppercut straight combo, Tuck has no answer for Parke’s speed and he is getting popped at will. Parke just boxes his man at range, but now Tuck with a flying knee. Head kick from NP, and Tuck’s chin is in the air, with his hands down. Dominant round for Parke.

They touch up for the third stanza, Parke is landing swift boxing as he pings Tuck with that lead uppercut. Parke seems to be the fresher fighter but Tuck lets him know he is still in it with a slick jab/straight. Tuck’s mouthpiece falls out and he just tries to pick it up, Parke stalks him and carries on punching-what a guy.

They trade leather and Parke eats a knee, Tuck has been backing up the whole fight and is looking tired and beaten. Parke is relentless with his boxing but Tuck lands a nice left, Parke walks through it. Over and over with that one/two and Tuck is bleeding. They grin as they trade big punches, and now Parke with some acrobatic kicks. What a brilliant fight, I’d score it for Parke 29-28. Parke takes home the UD, after a great fight.

Ryan Jimmo against Jimi Minuwa now in a battle at Light-Heavyweight, and they look pretty amped. RJ opens with a big 1,2 combo then switches to southpaw. They clinch and Jimmo controls Jimi (lol) against the cage. A little dirty boxing and some knees and they are split apart, now Minuwa is clinching Jimmo against the fence, not much going on. Big knees to the thigh from Minuwa and Jimmo is wincing in pain.

They trade huge punches finally, and these two can really bang. Jimmo is certainly the faster of the two, landing a few quick jabs and kicks. Minuwa plods forward as he looks for a KO, but RJ takes it well and answers with right hands to the face. Round ends, and it was super close.

The second is on, they clinch against the cage again and get split after a minute. Jimmo is pacing forward now and Minuwa is slowing as he gets whacked with a right hook, that woke him up. He fires back but Jimmo lands a brutal body kick, Jimi tries a knee but Jimmo defends and they clinch. Now a knee to the baby maker by Jimi and RJ almost vomits.

They go again and RJ goes for a trip, denied and they clinch AGAIN. Nice elbows by RJ as they collide in the centre of the ring now and Minuwa lands a knee and Jimmo is hurt, but it wasn’t the knee, no his hamstring just gave out. He screams in pain as Jimi moves in for the kill (what a guy) and the ref waves it off. Minuwa wins by injury TKO.

The co-main for the evening is Melvin Guillard vs. Ross Pearson at 155, and I bet my marbles that these guys wont fight for more than three minutes. They come out moving well, waiting for the other to commit. Guillard with a swift right and RP with a low kick, Ross has smooth boxing. Guillard gets caught with a clean hook and moves away as if hurt.

Pearson is stalking his man here and bobbing his head, Guillard catches a flying knee and Pearson is down. Guillard lands a knee while Pearson is down, was that legal? Another big knee and the ref steps in, Pearson is cut up bad; turns out both knees were illegal and the fight is called off due to the cut. That really sucks, could possibly be a dq for Guillard here, nope it’s a no contest.

Main event time!

I’ve got a good feeling about this fight, and they are underway. Machida in a low stance and he looks relaxed as usual. Munoz jabs and hits air, Machida with low kicks now and he is stalking Munoz. Good left to the body now by Machida. Munoz seems happy to strike with The Dragon here, may prove costly.

Munoz rolls the shoulders as Machida lunges a left straight, nice kicks now by the karate master. He connects to the body but Munoz is OK, and now a huge left high kick and it’s over, Munoz is out. Wow! Machida doesn’t follow in with punches (what a guy!) and they embrace as Munoz is back to his feet.

An amazing MW debut for Machida who looked incredible.


John Liniker def. Phil Harris by TKO (punches) round one

Nico Musoke def. Alessio Sakara by submission (armbar) round one

Norman Parke def. Jon Tuck by unanimous decision

Jimmi Minuwa def. Ryan Jimmo by TKO (injury) round two

Melvin Guillard vs Ross Pearson ruled a no contest following cut from illegal knee

Lyoto Machida def. Mark Munoz by KO (head kick) round one

  • Norman Parke is Irish, not British.

    • Norman parke is northern irish, which is part of britain

      • Ask Norman. He will tell you. I've never met an Irish man call himself a Brit. I guess Canada is all Brits to? You don't call a Scott a Brit either over here. Home is where the heart is. By the way I still love all you Brits and you know what I mean. Technicalities do not equal truth all the time, you either agree with the technicalities or you don't and whichever you choose is the truth in this case.

        • Dude you are talking nonsense on a subject you clearly no nothing about. 50% of the people in Northern Ireland consider themselves to be British and they are. Over 3000 people have died in a civil war because of this. Don't be so ignorant. FYI I am in Belfast. Moron.

          • Oh and if he's called Norman Parke he will be protestant and consider himself British/Northern Irish. He may however simplify things and say Irish for all the dumb fucks in the world. That's what 99% of Northern Irish do regardless of their politics.

            You would be in that dumb **** bracket.

          • Taking things a bit rough are we? I am protestant and live in the Republic so what do you know? You live in a blind world that everyone is Catholic in the south and if they aren't they're English.lol. I am proud to be Irish and protestant and many agree in the North.

          • Now you are making assumptions on my political stance simply as i called out your BS. I am an atheist, who was raised a protestant, with a British passport, who considers himself Irish. So out the ********window goes your logic. Crucially, Norman Parke is from Northern Ireland. He represents someone who grew up in that culture, not the culture of Irish or British.

            Also no one here mentioned the ROI, so pipe down. Don't even begin to pretend to know more about N Ireland than a resident.

            People born in NI are entitled to decide for themselves what their national identity is. Not some knob from the south, England, America or wherever.

          • All I said was he called himself Irish not British. I also stated you and anyone living in the North can state who they are. You assume that it was all staged to make an Irish vs Irish fight. Until I hear him call himself British I will assume he is Irish. I do not live in the North but I know plenty who do. Just because you have a British passport and consider yourself Irish doesn't mean anything either. Do you tell everyone you're a Brit? I haven't heard Norman say anything of the sort so I assume he goes by what he calls himself. There was an American TUF team too with Canadians on it, They still recognized themselves as Canadians on the show. Anyway, I already apologized to you so unless your the type who likes to have civil wars then why not cool down over this issue. I hope you can accept an apology for my making a stir of the s h i t. I have stated all along though and was trying to make the point that it's the person who decides as many NI, Scottish and even Welsh that live 2 miles from my house like to state that even they don't call themselves Brits.

          • Nice try, Norman Parke calls himself Irish and 50% say that about themselves and choose to be that way legally. I see you chose. Good for you. The only reason anybody died in a civil war was the British.

          • actually, pathetic try from you. he is listed on Wiki as Northern Irish. They tried to book him in a fight with MacGregor and pitch it as N Irish vs Irish. He is called Norman Parke and from Bushmills, a 100% pro British town with WW2 memorials as it's centre piece.
            You are wearing very big clown shoes my Mexican friend. Such ignorance of your own land is tragic.

          • 100%, Sorry no such thing. I am trying to be rational in all this and have never tried to offend anyone. All I am getting from you now is that you have a sore spot from a conflict within yourself over identity and who you are. I would call you Irish if you wish, British if you wish or both if you wish. But I can only go on what you call yourself. If I hear Parke call himself a Brit then I will happily call him that. There are many English names down here that don't see themselves as English and some Irish names that see themselves as English.

          • I mean jesus, he was in the UK UFC team moron

          • Norman Parkes own words people. "Yeah I’m sure a lot of these Americans and people from the UK all looked at us, north and south and thought that there was never going to be anybody good from this country”.

            “Now we have two fighters in there, and there’s a few more to come. Now we are the ones calling the ********shots! We’re putting our names out there and just because you’re from a smaller country doesn’t mean nothing at all

          • Notice how he is talking back at the American and UK scene? He was happy to represent Team UK as Conor McGreggor would have too for the opportunity but It seems he would have rather it have been Team Ireland.

    • No he's British… Northern Ireland is a part of the U.K./Britain. All Northern Ireland citizens are officially Brits!

      • Many people from Northern Ireland consider themselves Irish and have Irish passports

        • well im half northern irish and half english

          • but also I'm British

          • If you call yourself that. Others wouldn't and you would know that.

          • @Falcon i don't call myself that its a fact, thats like saying you aren't american because you are from north dakota

          • It's only a fact if you choose it to be. You have a choice in the North to be recognized as Irish or British. Do you here Scottsman calling themselves Brits?

          • Rory, do you have an Irish accent or and English accent? Im just curious. Or a mixture of the two. All my family came from Whales waaayyy back. Where there's a mill, there's a road. 8))

          • I have a bit of a hybrid voice, from no where and everywhere. I go to Wales quite a lot. Now that is a funny accent 😉

          • My parents were welsh speakers entity lol I knew u were a stubborn sob for a reason. All my reallies live in wales have special welsh British passports and so do I. I consider my self a welsh Canadian lol and my welsh is terrible diolch!

      • Only by a handful of people that decided to state that. Most over here clearly distinguish themselves. If another country took over a part of your country that you lived in what would you call yourself?

      • They have a choice actually to declare their status as Irish or British and are then legally bound to their choices. I know people in the north that have Irish Citizenship were born in the north and have no UK citizenship.

      • Also BS. You can be technically be either if you are born in the North. Stop commenting as an authority on something you know nothing about. Ignorance is ignorance.

        • Yes and you can choose to be either or both. Look it up.

  • There's no way in hell the first knee was illegal.. that was a legal shot. The second one i would hardly call that illegal as guillard fired that knee off before Ross hand touched the ground…..

    Machida looked spectacular in his MW debut… that sh*t was a thing of BEAUTY !!

    • Second that.

    • That whole rule where you can put one hand on the mat when you're standing to be considered down is ridiculous.

      It's meant to prevent guys from getting soccer kicked in the head not that crap.

  • Welcome to the Machida era 😉

  • I've really got to start betting lol

    • Join the club 😀

      • You can put 100 bucks in the account you make, then just roll from that. If you keep winning, just keep the money there until you have enough to make better bets . Im going to have to do it!

        • I started with 500… and added some ZERO's to that amount over the past 3 years! I rarely loose any. Sometimes i loose with 1 fight and win with 3 others and still make huge profits!

  • Pretty decent card. I think when Josh Rosenthal failed to stop the Munoz/Weidman fight… and Mark took all the extra shots… it has significantly impacted his ability to take a big shot. The kick from Machita was a great one no doubt… but….. still think Mark can't take the shots he was once able to take.

    Would like to have seen Pearson/Gulliard finish. The 2nd knee was so close… but… illegal. Heat of the moment for sure. Hopefully they will meet up again in the near future. Nasty cut… lots of stitches.

    • Can someone please jog my memory, I can't remember who was fighting but I remember Big John stopping a fight for a few seconds and telling a fighter "stop playing the game" because he was dropping his hand to the mat when he saw the knee coming. I hear the UFC are trying to change that rule about knees to downed opponents too.

    • Hatch?

    • The impact was behind Munoz ear… I don't care how tough you are! if u take one of those kicks flush on the sweet spot, you're OUT!

  • Munoz saw the kick coming the whole way, you can see him tighten up for it very early, but why he thought his little hand blocking it was better when ducking or backing up makes no sense to me.

    • He probably thought Machida would give him one of those pillow kicks he threw at him when they trained together 🙂