UFC Fight Night 30: Machida vs. MunozSaturday, October 26 – 5:30 p.m. ET
Lyoto Machida (19-4) vs. Mark Munoz (13-3)Middleweight bout
Line: Machida -340, Munoz +260
Lyoto Machida will look to bounce back from a loss to Phil Davis, as he takes on Mark Munoz Saturday at UFC Fight Night 30 in Manchester, England in the main event.
Machida has made a name for himself in the UFC, famously retiring Randy Couture at UFC 129 with a vicious front kick to win in a second-round knockout. With Machida, you can expect an exciting end to the fight one way or another. He has knocked out some of the all-time greats in Rashad Evans and Tito Ortiz, but has also been on the losing end in thrilling fashion to Jon Jones (Guillotine choke) and Mauricio Rua by knockout. The 35-year old from Brazil will not back down from anybody going into the Octagon, and he will need that determination going against a top-notch opponent. Munoz has won five of his past six matches, with his only loss being to current light heavyweight champion Chris Weidman. Like Machida, Munoz has a tendency to provide the flair, like he did against Chris Leben. In that November 2011 bout, he dominated so much that Leben’s corner had to throw in the towel. Munoz is a significant underdog heading into this bout, but do not let that fool you. He is extremely talented and on a roll as of late, and will carry that momentum to help him prevail in this match. MUNOZ wins this bout by way of knockout.
Of his 13 career victories, seven have come by way of knockout for Munoz, while the other six have been by decision. He posts an advantage over Machida when it comes to landing significant strikes, out-striking his opponent 3.4 to 2.8 per minute. He is lightning-quick with his strikes, with incredible ability to land a combo at any minute. While the 35-year-old Munoz does not have any career victories by way of submission, he does have a takedown average of 2.65, which is significantly greater than Machida (1.64). He is a fighter that gets rolling with confidence. If he is able to come out and establish himself early, then Munoz has all the tools to get the job done. However, if Machida is able to get "The Filipino Wrecking Machine" Munoz out of his comfort zone, then it could be a different story.
"The Dragon" Machida has incredible endurance and stamina, which is a big reason that 10 of his 19 victories have been by way of decision. However, while a lot of guys that win by decision do not have knockout power, this is something that Machida definitely possesses. He has seven victories by way of knockout, with two by submission. While he does not take down his opponent as much as Munoz does, he is way more accurate with his takedowns (66 percent, compared to just 27 percent by Munoz). Machida has been in nearly every kind of match imaginable, and that experience could go a long way in determining the winner on Saturday.