UFC Fight Night 30: Machida vs. Munoz will be taking place on October 26th in Manchester, England at the Phones 4u Arena. I will be giving my predictions for the winners of each fight. Fellow Sports Unbiased writer, Daniel Clark has also joined in on the picks!
The UFC Fight Night 30 online prelim card begins at 12 p.m. EST/9 a.m. PST and the main card will air on FOX Sports 2 beginning at 3 p.m. EST/12 p.m. PST.
Main Event: Lyoto Machida vs. #5 Mark Munoz:
Lyoto Machida looked better than ever when he weighed in on Friday at Middleweight for the first time in his career. Both of these men have trained together in the past, primarily jiu-jitsu at the Gracie Academy with brothers Rener and Ryron Gracie. The funny thing about this is instead of not taking part in the fight, Rener would train Lyoto and Ryron would train Munoz.
As for the fight itself, I’m going to go with Machida. Munoz is a terrific wrestler, however, Machida is known for his fantastic takedown defense, he was able to stuff multiple takedowns from Dan Henderson and Phil Davis in his previous two bouts. Both men are two of the best in the sport and I believe the fight will be competitive, however I see Machida being able to keep the fight standing and out striking Munoz on the feet. The question for me here is, with Machida’s last two bouts being very close decisions, will he be able to get the finish he’s been looking for?
Favorite: Machida (-380) Underdog: Munoz (+315)
Chris’ Pick: Machida
Dan’s Pick: Machida
Co-Main Event: Melvin Guillard vs. Ross Pearson:
This fight should be a barn-burner and many people believe it’s a lock for the Fight of the Night or Knockout of the Night award, perhaps both. This fight is very likely to take place on the feet for a majority, if not all of the fight. Pearson is the more technical of the two, but Guillard has that massive power that could end a fight quick. I can see Pearson winning the fight at range for a few minutes or even the first round, but ultimately I see Melvin landing the big shot and putting Pearson to sleep.
Favorite: Guillard (-140) Underdog: Pearson (+120)
Chris’ Pick: Guillard
Dan’s Pick: Pearson
Jimi Manuwa vs. Ryan Jimmo:
Both Manuwa and Jimmo are huge prospects in the Light Heavyweight division coming into this fight. Manuwa is an undefeated 13-0 as a professional and has finished all of his fights, 12 by KO/TKO and one by submission. Jimmo has only lost once as a pro, with one of those losses coming in his pro debut. Honestly, I could see this fight going either way. Jimmo could clinch with and take it to the ground to avoid striking at all costs with the deadly Manuwa or Manuwa can make this a quick fight with that same striking. The way I see it going is the latter, while Jimmo may be able to control Manuwa for a while, eventually the fight will be standing and he will get clipped.
Favorite: Manuwa (-165) Underdog: Jimmo (+145)
Chris’ Pick: Manuwa
Dan’s Pick: Manuwa
Norman Parke vs. Jon Tuck:
Favorite: Parke (-155) Underdog: Tuck (+135)
Chris’ Pick: Parke
Dan’s Pick: Tuck
Alessio Sakara vs. Nicholas Musoke:
Favorite: Sakara (-210) Underdog: Musoke (+175)
Chris’ Pick: Musoke
Dan’s Pick: Sakara
#5 John Lineker vs. Phil Harris:
Favorite: Lineker (-400) Underdog: Harris (+325)
Chris’ Pick: Lineker
Dan’s Pick: Lineker
(My picks will be in bold, Dan’s picks in Italics. Picks we agree on will have both)
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Andrew Craig vs. Luke Barnatt
Rosi Sexton vs. Jessica Andrade
Cole Miller vs. Andy Ogle
Jimy Hettes vs. Robert Whiteford
Michael Kuiper vs. Brad Scott
Chris’ Prediction Results (This Year): 25-13
Dan’s Prediction Results (This Year): 12-7