UFC Fight Night 30 Preview (Oct 25, 2013)

UFC Fight Night 30 Preview (Oct 25, 2013)
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Staff writer: Suzie Tankleford

UFC Fight Night 30 Preview

The UFC is taking its latest edition of Fight Night to Manchester, England October 26. Many people thought the main card lost a lot of luster after Michael Bisping had to withdraw due to an eye injury but Dana White & Co. came through and matched up Lyoto Machida against Mark Munoz in the main event.

The whole card is solid and there could be some fireworks on the undercard but two fights really stand out.

Lyoto Machida (19-4) vs. Mark Munoz (13-3)

While the home crowd may be a bit disappointed that Bisping is not fighting, Machida and Munoz could put on a great show. This is Machida’s first fight at 185 and the first since his controversial loss to Phil Davis at UFC 163. Expect him to make a statement in this fight.

Munoz has some heavy hands and will want to take this fight to the mat and deliver some of his trademark “Donkey Kong” ground-and-pound to Machida. There is only one problem; Machida’s takedown defense is amazing.

Machida’s style can be maddening to his opponents to figure out and Munoz may not have the creativity to set up his takedowns in this match. Expect Machida to throw some unorthodox strikes from odd angles and do some serious damage to Munoz.

If the fight does go to the ground Machida’s jiu-jitsu game will allow him to control the action. Machida just seems like too much for Munoz to handle. The Dragon should win this one via KO or submission.

Melvin Guillard (31-12-2) vs. Ross Pearson (15-6) Melvin Guillard seems to be his own worst enemy. He is constantly changing training camps and heaping unwanted drama on himself. After a stunning second-round knockout of Mac Danzig at UFC On Fox 8 it seemed as if he had found himself again. He has wicked hand speed and will give Pearson all he can handle.

Pearson has a solid boxing game and has a puncher’s chance especially since Guillard has a tendency to lose focus and leave himself open for the big punch. Pearson really doesn’t have the wrestling skills to take this fight to the ground so expect a slugfest.

Guillard could win this fight with speed and power. If it goes past the first round – we give the nod to Pearson.

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