UFC Fight Night 30 LowKick Staff Predictions

Tomorrow night’s UFC Fight Night 30 from Phones 4u Arena in Manchester, England will feature former UFC light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida’s first fight at his new home of middleweight. “The Dragon” will face off with his friend Mark Munoz after Munoz’ original opponent Michael Bisping was forced to withdraw. It’s an interesting contrast of styles, so check out our UFN 30 main event predictions and give us your own in the comments!

Lyoto Machida vs. Mark Munoz

Mike Drahota: Machida was largely able to stifle NCAA champion Phil Davis’ wrestling in his loss at UFC 163. Trouble is, the two takedowns he gave up most likely decided the fight. Machida’s style is beginning to lull fans to sleep, as he’s content to wait for his foes to bring the fight to him and look for a counter shot. Davis noticed this, and utilized single strikes to never let “The Dragon” find his rhythm.

Munoz is a smart fighter with off-the-charts wrestling ability as well. He’ll follow a similar plan as Davis, and I just don’t see Machida catching Munoz sleeping with a counter punch. Machida may be able to avoid most of Munoz’ takedowns, but not all of them. “The Filipino Wrecking Machine” is back in tip-top shape. I’ll go with Munoz via unanimous decision.

Rory Kernaghan: Mark Munoz is a wrestling machine, as we know, and Machida likes to strike on the counter. The question is who will implement their gameplan more efficiently? I know a lot of you are riding the train back to the “Machida Era,” but I’m not sure it will be that simple. In fact, I think Munoz will beat “The Dragon.” I expect The Filipino Wrecking Machine to go to work on his former sparring partner, locking him up on the fence and slamming him down. A hard fought but well-earned decision win is what I predict for a triumphant Mark Munoz.

Brian Cox: Mark Munoz and Lyoto Machida is a tough fight to call. It has the potential to be an exciting fight, but it also has the potential to be a boring matchup, as well. Munoz will obviously be looking to take Machida to the ground while “The Dragon” will want to stand and trade. If Munoz can’t get Machida down, he could easily lose a decision or even get knocked out. For his part, if Machida can’t stop Munoz’ takedowns, he’ll probably lose by way of a ref stoppage. I like both fighters and have a great deal of respect for them. However, there can only be one winner, so I’ll pick the “Filipino Wrecking Machine.” Mark Munoz with a TKO ground and pound stoppage in round 3.


11 Comments

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    Brasil

    October 25, 2013 at 1:33 pm

    I think you guys are talking to much with our old friend and master of the picking art Anton….first you all pick JDS against Cain ( even my biased arse had Cain ) and now this.
    Machida will pick him appart and destroy him.

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      Zip

      October 25, 2013 at 2:12 pm

      Can't believe I'm actually doing this, but I tend to agree with you Brasil

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      Entity

      October 25, 2013 at 3:18 pm

      lol, I got almost every fight correct except picked my favorites instead of who I actually thought would win, which is ok, since I bet no money, its all just fun to me.
      This UFN card will be harder since many smaller cards have guys we dont see often or dont even know who they are. The bigger cards are much easier IMO.

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      enjoylife321

      October 25, 2013 at 5:52 pm

      I want Munoz to win to work his way back to a rematch with Weidman. However, I won't be dissaponted if Machida win and tries his hand at middleweight. I'm picking Machida with a flash Ko.

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    FedorP4P

    October 25, 2013 at 2:42 pm

    I find myself agreeing with Brasil as well. I think we'll see "The Dragon's" strength come into play much more effectively at MW. Look for a ton of knees from the clinch, as well as devastating leg kicks with little regard to the possibility of take downs. T/KO for Machida in the 2nd round.

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    Entity

    October 25, 2013 at 3:20 pm

    I think Munos has been hyped up a bit too much. I have never seen Tim Boetch as more than a brawler with a punchers chance. He almost got plowed by Okami. I got Machida by decision on this one or KO.

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    Mike Drahota

    October 25, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    I am in the process of trying to get cuss words back Entity.

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