The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) returns to Manchester, England with UFC Fight Night 30: "Machida vs. Munoz" live from the Phones4u Arena. The card is headlined by a middleweight bout between Mark Munoz and Lyoto Machida, who is making his division debut.
Munoz was originally scheduled to face Michael Bisping in the main event, but an eye injury suffered in training forced Bisping from the card. Stepping in on short notice is Machida, who was training to square off with Tim Kennedy at UFC Fight for the Troops 3.
Munoz and Machida have trained together in the past and were actually working out in preparations for their originally scheduled fights. But they have been able to put personal relationships to the side and will face each other in a little less than three hours.
UFC Fight Night 30 marks the UFC's first live card on Fox Sports 2 since it was rebranded from Fuel TV. So check your local listings and tune in to the bouts.
Lineker looks great again in victory. If only he could make the weight. Let's see if @TheDolceDiet can help him. Him vs Dodson would swell.— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) October 26, 2013
Lineker throws some bombs, boy.— MMAFighting.com (@MMAFighting) October 26, 2013
No idea if Lineker can ever get his shit together and make 125 or if he's back to bantam for good, but what a marvelous puncher this kid is.— Jordan Breen (@jordanbreen) October 26, 2013
For a little guy, Lineker thumps. You can hear it in the arena. Another crushing body punching display. #UFC— Mike Chiappetta MMA (@MikeChiappetta) October 26, 2013
Alessio Sakara vs. Nocholas Musoke
REAL LIFE BAR FIGHT SHIT— GFKonMMA (@GFKonMMA) October 26, 2013
That's it Alessio. We're finished. You have broken my heart for the last time.— Stephie D (@CrooklynMMA) October 26, 2013
musoke won, then runs back and forth against the cage. thought he might drop a leg ala hulk or people's elbow ala the rock afterwards.— Gorgeous George (@MMAjunkieGeorge) October 26, 2013
Musoke was already turning his hips up two seconds before Sakara threw that elbow all the way across his body, throwing himself off balance.— Jordan Breen (@jordanbreen) October 26, 2013
Guys, I'm only joking about the poor sportsmanship thing. it wasn't. it's a fight— Brent Brookhouse (@brentbrookhouse) October 26, 2013
If there's 1 thing I can guarantee today about the UFC fights is that they will pull Fox Sports 2 best viewership since Fuel TV switch #mma— MMA Supremacy (@MMASupremacy) October 26, 2013
As for Tuck's one-two combos, they are firing at ones only.— MMAFighting.com (@MMAFighting) October 26, 2013
Parke is pulling away on volume here. Tuck doesn't answer as much as he needs to. Judges love volume. #UFC— Mike Chiappetta MMA (@MikeChiappetta) October 26, 2013
Sniper?— Dann Stupp (@MMAjunkieDann) October 26, 2013
Weirdest Ric Flair flop ever.— Matthew Roth (@MattRoth512) October 26, 2013
You see what happens at range. Manuwa starts picking Jimmo apart. That's why Jimmo's game plan is ennui, you boobirds.— MMAFighting.com (@MMAFighting) October 26, 2013
Yeah, that was weird. Could be a cramp. Could be a tear of a muscle. Could be a tendon blowing. Looks like he indicated ankle— Brent Brookhouse (@brentbrookhouse) October 26, 2013
Melvin Guillard just got robbed of a victory. Awful call by Marc Goddard and that rule about a hand down is an absolute joke #UFC— Damon Martin (@DamonMartin) October 26, 2013
I think we all know that if this fight were in Texas, they'd still be fighting.— Daniel Downes (@dannyboydownes) October 26, 2013
ross got a letter y in his head tho.— GFKonMMA (@GFKonMMA) October 26, 2013
Two truths: 1) that's not a bad call. it was too close to get upset about. 2) the grounded knee rule is stupid.— Brent Brookhouse (@brentbrookhouse) October 26, 2013
son he knocked munoz out with his own hand bones and shit— GFKonMMA (@GFKonMMA) October 26, 2013
Machida is art.— At-Risk Urban Latino (@TheTomasRios) October 26, 2013
Welcome to 185 @lyotomachidafw— Dana White (@danawhite) October 26, 2013
Matt Hamill never forget— laura gilbert (@TGILaura) October 26, 2013
Remember that MMAmania.com will provide LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC Fight Night 30 card this Saturday (Oct. 26, 2013) right here, starting with the Facebook "Prelims" at 12:15 p.m. ET, right on through the FOX Sports 2-televised main card bouts at 3 p.m. ET.