Munoz vs. Machida
The UFC Fight Night 30 card on the 26th October at the Phones 4u Arena is today. Here is the full fight card with weigh-in results and our pictures.
Fight Card Running Order & Weigh-In Results:
- Lyoto Machida (185) vs. Mark Munoz (186)
- Melvin Guillard (155) vs. Ross Pearson (156)
- Ryan Jimmo (204) vs. Jimi Manuwa (205)
- Norman Parke (155) vs. Jon Tuck (155)
- Nicholas Musoke (186) vs. Alessio Sakara (185)
- Phil Harris (125) vs. John Lineker (128)*
- Piotr Hallmann (155) vs. Al Iaquinta (155)
- Luke Barnatt (185) vs. Andrew Craig (186)
- Jessica Andrade (134) vs. Rosi Sexton (135)
- Cole Miller (146) vs. Andy Ogle (145)
- Jimy Hettes (145) vs. Robert Whiteford (145)
- Michael Kuiper (185) vs. Brad Scott (186)
* – Lineker was fined 25 percent of his purse
A late replacement fighter has been found to step into the gap left by Mike Wilkinson. MMA Junkie has reported that Robert Whiteford has verbally agreed to the contest and that bout agreements are expected to be finalized shortly with the Scot. Whiteford has a 10-1 record and trains between both the Dinky Ninjas Fight Team in Scotland and American Top Team in the States. Mike Wilkinson suffered a torn hamstring and had to withdraw from the original fight with Jimy Hettes.
Flyweight Phil Harris from the UK will face off with Brazillian John Lineker who recently fought at UFC 163 claiming a win over José Maria via TKO. Harris has fought twice in the UFC splitting results, a decision win over Ulysses Gomez last time out in London and in 2012 he had a submission loss to Darren Uyenoyama. Lineker is 3-1 in UFC fights and should start this contest as a heavy favourite as he looks to get into the mix for a title shot.
SD MMA UK interviewed Phil Harris ahead of his fight with John Lineker, click here to see what he had to say about the fight.
UK MMA star Michael ‘The Count’ Bisping has been forced out of the main event spot with an eye injury. Mark Munoz will now face former UFC Light-heavy weight champion Lyoto ‘The Dragon’ Machida in the final fight of the night. The Brazilian was set to fight in the main event of “UFC Fight Night 31: UFC Fight for the Troops 3″ in his homeland against Tim Kennedy in November, but has now jumped cards and will fight at middleweight for the first time in the UFC. “Words cannot describe how sad I am having to withdraw from my fight. My sincere apologies to evry1 who bought tickets. I will be back soon ” tweeted Bisping in a statement. “I apologise to the UFC, to Munoz and to everyone who bought tickets.”
TUF vet Al Iaquinta was due to step in as a replacement for the injured Paul Taylor against Anthony Njokuani. However Njokuani himself has now had to be pulled from the fight due to injury, this was reported first by MMAJunkie.com. Iaquinta instead will face Piotr Hallmann on the evening’s card. Hallmann made an impressive debut in the UFC when he stepped in at UFC Fight Night 28 in September, and submitted the ever dangerous Francisco Trinaldo. Hallmann has a 14-1 record, and is on a ten fight winning streak and hails from Poland. Split Decision MMA UK were fortunate enough to be able to put some questions to both Piotr Hallmann and Al Iaquinta about their fight in Manchester, click here to read what Hallman had to say or click here to read what Iaquinta told us.
England’s Luke Barnatt takes on American middleweight Andrew Craig. Barnatt (6-0) was Chael Sonnen’s first pick on the ultimate fighter season 17. Barnatt lost out in the quarter finals to Dylan Andrews in a fight of the season and he went on to fight on the ultimate finale were he defeated Colin Hart, via unanimous decision. He meets Andrew Craig (9-1) in what will be one of the fights of the evening. Craig is 3-1 in the UFC and recently defeated veteran Chris Leben, via split decision.
Split Decision MMA UK spoke with both fighters ahead of the Manchester Fight Night, to see what they had to say about each other click the links below.
Luke Barnatt: Breaking Bad with the UFC’s Luke ‘Bigslow’ Barnatt
Andrew Craig: UFC Middleweight Andrew Craig: “I enjoy getting to travel the world getting paid to fight people”
Irish stand out Norman Parke gets the opportunity to fight in England as he draws Jon Tuck for the card in Manchester. Parke (18-2) defeated Colin Fletcher to become the TUF: The Smashes champion last year and followed this up with an impressive decision victory over Kazuki Tokudome at UFC 162. His opponent Tuck (7-0) comes into the fight with a perfect record and has fought once in the UFC defeating Zhang Tiequan at UFC on Fuel TV 6.
Split Decision MMA UK caught up with Jon Tuck before his fight in Manchester, click the link below to find out what he had to say:
TUF Smashes finalist Brad Scott will face Michael Kuiper in the opening fight on the night. Scott (8-2) hasn’t fought since the final in December and will be looking to make an instant impact in the UFC. His opponent Michael Kuiper (12-2) came into the UFC unbeaten but has found it tough going 1-2. His most recent fight was on the UFC on Fuel TV 9 card, where he was submitted by Tom Lawlor. Both guys have a point to prove and this should be an exciting fight.
Starring on the first and only ‘live’ series of the Ultimate Fighter was Andy Ogle (9-2), and in October he will get the chance to fight for the third time in the UFC as he takes on Cole Miller (19-8). Ogle’s two fights in the UFC so far have come against Akira Corassani and Josh Grispi. His UFC debut came against Corassani where he lost a close split decision at the UFC on FUEL TV card in Nottingham last year. However he followed this up with a win at Wembley against the tough Grispi via unanimous decision. His opponent Cole Miller is also a TUF veteran and this fight in Manchester will be his 15th UFC fight. His last fight was against Manny Gamburyan at UFC Fight Night 26, which he lost via decision. He is now 1-3 since his drop to featherweight and his position in the UFC could be on the line in this fight.
Rosi Sexton will be stepping into the Octagon on home soil against Brazilian Jessica Andrade. Both bantamweight fighters have fought once under the UFC banner with Andrade losing in July to top contender Liz Carmouche via TKO, while Sexton lost her debut fight to Alexis Davis by decision. This will be the first UFC women’s fight in the UK.
A middleweight bout between Sweden’s Nicholas Musoke (10-2-1) who will be making his UFC debut and Alessio Sakara (19-10) has been put together due to the injury to Cedenblad. Cedenblad himself was brought on to the card as an injury replacement for Tom Watson after beating Jared Hamman by submission at UFC 164 in under a minute. Sakara has been on the sidelines since November due to kidney issues but in his last UFC bout he was in control against Patrick Cote, before being disqualified due to elbows to the back of his opponents head. He will now wait to see if the UFC bring in a replacement opponent.
Jimi ‘Poster Boy’ Manuwa will take on Ryan Jimmo in a light heavyweight contest. Manuwa coming off back to back wins in the UFC will look to make it three in a row against Jimmo who recently bounced back from a loss in London with a decision win over Igor Pokrajac.
A lightweight contest between two stand up fighters should be a fan favourite matchup with Ross Pearson taking on Melvin Guillard in the co-main event. Guillard just recently coming off a KO victory against Mac Danzig that won him “KO Of The Night” in July, and Pearson last fighting and beating the likes of Ryan Couture and George Sotiropoulos makes for an explosive fight with both liking to stand and trade on the feet.
Photo Credits: David Gillibrand