Machida shows class of a veteran; foul knee and injury end co-main event and “co-co-main event”
Unlike what most fighters would and should do, he stalled his follow up attack after knocking down his friend-cum-opponent of the night. The non-title 5-round bout was actually just beginning with both fighters still testing out each other and finding the range but Lyoto Machida’s head kick was so powerful, it went through Mark Munoz’s attempted block and knocked him out. He moved in with one hand on Munoz’s neck and the other in the air ready to punch but instead he just waited till the referee stopped the fight. He didn’t really celebrate, didn’t even smile, went straight to hug Munoz until he stood back up. He even thanked and apologised to Munoz during his post-fight interview with Joe Rogan. What incredible class and sportsmanship this man has displayed on this night! Machida have definitely earned more respect from the world, not only for himself, but for the sport as well.
The two other fights right before the main event ended quite unfortunately. The one that’s most disappointing for the Manchester crowd was when Englishman Ross Pearson got illegally (but unintentionally) kneed to the forehead by Melvin Guillard when his hand was touching the ground. Pearson’s forehead cracked open quite badly, forcing the doctor to advice the referee to stop the fight, which he did and ruled the bout no contest. If it wasn’t accidental, I believe the referee would’ve handed Pearson the win. The fight between Ryan Jimmo and Jimi Manuwa, too, ended in the way that nobody would’ve wanted it to, with the TKO win going to the latter after Jimmo suffered a leg injury in the third round. It was an entertaining standup while it lasted though.
The other fights were pretty good. John Lineker with a nice accurate shot to Phil Harris’ body which led to a TKO. Nicholas Musoke did a quick sexy bellydown armbar from guard which forced Alessio Sakara to verbally tap out, earning him the well-deserved submission of the night. Jon Tuck’s defeat to Norman Parke was a very entertaining fight as well with both fighters doing a lot of boxing but the fight of night honour went to Luke Barnatt and Andrew Craig, which I haven’t got the chance to watch.
UFC FIGHT NIGHT: MACHIDA VS. MUNOZ Results
Fight of the Night: Luke Barnatt vs. Andrew Craig
Knockout of the Night: Lyoto Machida
Submission of the Night: Nicholas Musoke
Middleweight: Lyoto Machida def. Mark Muñoz via KO (head kick) at 3:10 R1
Lightweight: Ross Pearson vs. Melvin Guillard ruled No Contest at 1:57 R1
Light Heavyweight: Jimi Manuwa def. Ryan Jimmo via TKO (injury) at 4:41 R2
Lightweight: Norman Parke def. Jon Tuck via Unanimous Decision
Middleweight: Nicholas Musoke def. Alessio Sakara via Verbal submission (armbar) at 3:07 R1
Catchweight (128 lbs): John Lineker def. Phil Harris via TKO (punches) at 2:51 R1
Lightweight: Al Iaquinta def. Piotr Hallmann via Unanimous Decision
Middleweight: Luke Barnatt def. Andrew Craig via Submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:12 R2
Women’s Bantamweight: Jessica Andrade def. Rosi Sexton via Unanimous Decision
Featherweight: Cole Miller def. Andy Ogle via Unanimous Decision
Featherweight: Jimy Hettes def. Rob Whiteford via Technical submission (triangle choke) at 2:17 R2
Middleweight: Brad Scott def. Michael Kuiper via Submission (front choke) at 4:17 R1