Lyoto Machida finally did what so many have been hoping he would do for years now and made the drop to middleweight to battle Mark Munoz in the main event of UFC Fight Night 30 today (Sat., Oct. 26, 2013) at the Phones 4u Arena in Manchester, England. With his track record, victory could mean a title shot.
After this, the middleweight division is officially on notice.
That's because "The Dragon" was his usual patient self, taking his time and finding his range. His timing, always impeccable, proved fruitful once again when the Brazilian fired off a head kick with deadly accuracy that landed just above Munoz's glove that was there to protect him.
The precision of the strike was truly jarring, as was "The Filipino Wrecking Machine" crashing to the mat completely knocked out cold.
In a classy move, Machida refused to deliver a follow up punch while waiting for the referee to step in to stop the bout. It was clear no further offense was necessary and thankfully the right call was made.
Machida apologized to his friend and training partner after the bout. He did reiterate, though, that this was just business and he was here to take care of it.
And did he ever.
Well, Maniacs, do we have a new number one contender in the middleweight division?
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