The UFC Fight Night 30 event comes to us this weekend from Manchester, England. The event was to be headlined by a Middleweight match between Mark Munoz and Brit Michael Bisping. Unfortunately, Bisping was injured and replaced by Lyoto Machida, perhaps taking some of the attraction of the show away for the live event. Nevertheless, it is a meaningful match between two potential contenders at 185 lbs. The card is supported by a full array of British talent on the undercard as well.
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Mark Munoz is trying to get his name back into the top of the weight class. Once a hot name with a big punch and solid wrestling, ”The Filipino Wrecking Machine” stumbled in a loss to Chris Weidman, but was able to bounce back last July by beating veteran Tim Boetsch. With this being just his 3rd fight in almost 2,5 years, Munoz needs a win and he needs to remain active.
As for Lyoto, all talk will center around his dropping down in weight class. He was once a UFC Lightheavyweight Champion, and some experts feel he is probably the number #3 or #4 Lightheavyweight in the world, but he has never fought at 185 lbs and it will be interesting to see if he suffers from the weight cut.
Right now, the books have Machida a heavy favorite, at (-360) with the comeback on Munoz at (+295). His skill set is solid enough that he deserves to be a favorite over Munoz, as Munoz has not faced anyone with the dicersity of attack as Machida.
More than likely, Machida will counterstrike in this fight, looking to catch Munoz being over aggressive as he comes in. Machida is precise with his strikes, and he could be faster and sharper if the weight cut goes well.
Munoz may best be served by employing a variation of the game plan Weidman used to defeat Champion Anderson Silva. Though Machida is unlikely to not strike at all the way Silva did in his fight with Weidman, a counterstriking Machida is not known for a high volume of strikes. Munoz will try to use movement and athleticism to score points and outpace Machida.
With the weight cut, I’m holding all bets off on this one until I see the weigh ins.