100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (24 Total):
1. Jessica Andrade - 94.2
2. John Lineker - 93.4
3. Lyoto Machida - 93.4
4. Jimi Manuwa - 93.1
5. Nicholas Musoke - 93.1
6. Cole Miller - 92.6
7. Melvin Guillard - 92.6
8. Jim Hettes - 92.5
9. Luke Barnatt - 92.3
10. Alessio Sakara - 92.0
UFC Fight Night 30: Machida vs. Munoz
Location: Manchester, England
Elevation: 125'
-Fight of the Night-
Jessica Andrade vs. Rosi Sexton
Fighters & Matches 90.1
Top 10 Fighters 92.9
TOTAL 91.5
(Guillotine Choke)
     This fight didn't really do much for me, but the ending was cool, so I have to give them props for finishing in the first round. It basically consisted of Kuiper throwing some hard leg kicks, Scott pinned him against the cage, they clinched for most of the fight, and eventually Brad Scott locked on a "front choke", sort of a guillotine with Kuiper's head tucked into his chest. Good solid first win in the UFC for Brad Scott.
Technical Submission
(Triangle Choke)
      This was a really good fight. Robert Whiteford made his UFC debut on short notice, and came in with some pretty impressive credentials, but he pretty much got schooled the entire fight, by Jim Hettes & his badass Jiu-Jitsu skills. The first round, Hettes dominated Whiteford. The same thing happened in the second round, until eventually he locked on a beautiful triangle choke, which put Whiteford to sleep, and forced the referee to stop the fight. Awesome win for Hettes.
      Fuck yeah! Cole Miller is one of the baddest men on the planet (at 145) with his Jiu-Jitsu skills, he fucking DOMINATED Andy Ogle in the first two rounds, sweeping, throwing submission, controlling, making Ogle look foolish. The third round was kind of shocking, because Ogle to Miller to the ground, and beat his ass for the entire round. It was a pretty clear cut victory for Cole Miller, 29-28, and all 3 judges agreed. Possibly the best part though, was after the fight, Cole Miller started talking mad shit about the European fighters, and then called out "Connor McGruber" or something along those lines, which I thought was hilarious. Cole Miller is really starting to set himself apart form the rest of the division, and I'm looking forward to seeing him take on some more high level fighters in the near future. Awesome fight overall.
      This fight was fucking crazy! Jessica Andrade came out like Wanderlei Silva in his prime, and just BRUTALLY beat the fuck out of Sexton for 15 minutes, nonstop, seriously, she threw more strikes than I've ever seen in a fight, and they ALL landed. She's fucking BRUTAL!!! Oh my god, that was amazing... Rosi Sexton on the other hand, the fact that she SURVIVED for 15 minutes, her heart is insanely huge. Amazing fight, and potentially a fight of the night candidate.
(Rear-Naked Choke)
      That was a hell of a win for Luke Barnatt. Andrew Craig looked pretty awesome in the first round, throwing some BIG overhand rights, and I thought by the end of the first round, he was going to win that round, but Barnatt clipped him near the end of the round, knocking Craig to the ground, and he nearly finished him on the ground, but Barnatt was too slow to go for the finish. The same exact thing happened in the second round, and Barnatt eventually got frustrated that he couldn't finish the fight with strikes, so he threw Craig to the ground, got on top, locked on a rear-naked choke, and forced Craig to tap. Awesome fight for Luke Barnatt.
      This was a pretty good fight. I gave all 3 rounds to Iaquinta, for showing solid striking, great takedown defense, and he controlled the majority of the fight. Hallman is tough as hell though, and he kept coming nonstop, and secured a couple of nice takedowns, but Iaquinta was able to get up immediately from all of them. Good fight overall.
(Punch to the Body)
      I'm pretty sure John Lineker is my favorite fighter at 125, this guy is badass. His striking is second to none in the division. He pretty much just picked apart Harris, with HARD punches, both to the head & the body, for the entire duration of this 2 & a half minute fight, until eventually he crushed Harris's body with a hard shot to the ribs, causing Harris to collapse. Awesome win by John Lineker, it just sucks that he missed weight, which isn't going to help him in his efforts to climb up the division's ladder. But still, this makes 4 wins in a row, right? Who else has that going at 125? Renan Barao (champ) has more, Raphael Assuncao has 5 in a row (he should get the next title shot), I have John Lineker ranked at #3 right now, and then Alex Caceres also is on a 4 fight winning streak, but I have a hard time believing he's anywhere near a title shot. So yeah, John Lineker, for the win!!!
      SHIT! I love Alessio Sakara. He's one of the coolest looking fighters I've seen, and he always comes ready to beat the living shit out of people. I was really hoping this fight against a guy that TECHNICALLY should be fighting at 170, would be the opening Sakara would need to break his 3 fight losing streak, but here he is, getting armbarred in the first round, by a guy that technically fights at a weight class below him. I really hope the UFC keeps Sakara around, but not many guys are able to keep their jobs with 4 fight losing streaks. Nicholas Musoke had a pretty awesome UFC debut tonight though.
      This was a pretty good fight. Norma Parke kept all 3 rounds at a high pace, and threw tons of punches & kicks. Tuck threw a few pretty solid punches, but for the most part, he just couldn't keep up with the pace of Parke, not by a long shot. I ended up giving all 3 rounds to Norman Parke, a couple of judges gave ONE round to Tuck (not real clear which round?) But yeah, good win for Norman Parke. Could this win actually put him in the Top 10 at 155 List? For me personally, it slides Parke into the #9 slot, so that's pretty cool.
(Leg Injury)
      Jimi Manuwa is crazy good, especially for a guy that only started fighting a few years ago, with no prior background in the sport whatsoever. He pretty much picked apart Jimmo in both rounds, throwing BRUTAL knees to the legs of Jimmo from the clinch, and throwing hard leg kicks, causing Jimmo to limp around for a good portion of the 2 round fight. In the end, Manuwa landed a big knee to the face of Jimmo, Jimmo walked backwards for a second, and then his legs gave out (some sort of leg injury?) and he just collapsed on the floor, writhing in pain. Jimi Manuwa is no joke, and if he wasn't already in the Top 10 at 205, then surely this will secure a spot for him, bringing with him an undefeated record so far. Personally, I would like to see him fight Thiago Silva next, with the winner of that maybe taking on Phil Davis for a title shot? Jimmo falls back down the ladder, making someone like Joey Beltran make sense for his next fight.
(Knee to Head of Grounded Fighter)
      FUCK! I hate this fucking "no knees to a downed opponent rule", ESPECIALLY when the shit is accidental. This was a great fight, two guys fighting for a position in the Top 10, and it's ruined by a BADASS scramble by the cage, Pearson threw a flying knee, Guillard caught him in mid-air, slammed him to the ground, they both started to stand out, Melvin threw a couple of knees to Pearson's head, and the referee stopped the fight, because Pearson's hand was BARELY SORT OF GRAZING the ground at the time the knees connected, but as far as I'm concerned, if the guy is THROWING a knee, and halfway throw the swing, you touch the ground, the attacker shouldn't have to "stop the knee" in mid-throw, that's just bullshit. So yeah, Pride used to allow knees to the head of a downed opponent, and nobody ever got seriously injured from that. So... FUCK THIS SHIT... Just because our system HAS to declare SOMEONE the winner, I went ahead and gave this fight to Guillard, since Pearson's forehead was cut open brutally, so yeah, I think Guillard would have won anyway, so he moves up the rankings, and Pearson slides down, just a little bit.
(Head Kick)
      OH SHIT! Lyoto Machida just cut down to 185 for the first time in the UFC, and then he cut Munoz's head off about 3 minutes into the first round, with a BRUTAL head kick, that sounded like a baseball bat breaking across the side of a tree. HOLY SHIT, awesome head kick, and great ending to an otherwise "meh, ok" fight. I would personally like to see Machida fight Vitor Belfot next, at 185. As for Munoz, eh, maybe Munoz vs. Bisping? We'll see what happens.