UFC Fight Night 30 takes place this weekend, which features a middleweight bout between Lyoto Machida and Mark Munoz. Both will be looking to move up the ladder in hopes of getting a title shot, where Chris Weidman currently holds the belt. It should be an exciting one for the fans with a lot at stake. Let’s now take a look at the rest of the main card and make some predictions.
Lightweight: Norman Parke vs. Jon Tuck: Both of these fighters are very exciting, but Parke holds the edge in the grappling. He will get this fight to the mat when he needs to, and he won’t suffer any damage on the feet each round.
Final Prediction: Norman Parke wins via unanimous decision
Light Heavyweight: Jimi Manuwa vs. Ryan Jimmo: Both of these fighters pack a punch, and it’s going to be interesting to see if both are content to stay on the feet. Jimmo is the better grappler, which is a glaring weakness in Manuwa’s game. Despite being the worse grappler, Manuwa will keep the fight standing, landing a huge punch that ends Jimmo’s night.
Final Prediction: Jimi Manuwa wins via TKO in the second round.
Lightweight: Ross Pearson vs. Melvin Guillard: If this fight stays on the feet, it has Knockout-Of-The-Night written all over it. Pearson has crisp punches, but Guillard has the more powerful punches. Melvin will keep this fight on the feet, and he will time his shots nicely. When the opening presents itself, he will land a devastating blow that ends Pearson’s night.
Final Prediction: Melvin Guillard wins via KO in the first round.
Middleweight: Lyoto Machida vs. Mark Munoz: Both of these fighters have trained with each other, so it will be interesting to see what tactics they implement in the fight to try to gain the upper hand. Munoz is the better wrestler and has brutal ground and pound, where Machida is the more elusive, competent striker.
This fight really could go either way. But since this will be Machida’s first fight at middleweight, and he didn’t have a great performance against Phil Davis, Munoz will have the edge. Munoz will avoid any powerful kicks and punches from Machida, and he will press him up against the cage. Munoz will get takedowns when openings present themselves, and he will do some good damage from the top each round.
Final Prediction: Mark Munoz wins via unanimous decision.