Despite having a main event fall through for the sixth time this year, the UFC managed to deliver a strong show in its return to England as injury replacement Lyoto Machida made quick work of Mark Munoz in Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 30 headliner.
Former light heavyweight champion Machida (20-4 MMA, 12-4 UFC) didn’t let his friendship with Munoz (13-4 MMA, 8-4 UFC) get in the way of sending a violent message to the middleweight division, which came with a perfectly timed head kick.
It was yet another highlight-reel worthy finish for Machida and one that earned him the fourth “Knockout of the Night” bonus of his career, which ties him with Roy Nelson and Vitor Belfort for the second most all-time behind former 185-pound champion Anderson Silva.
As a whole, Saturday’s FOX Sports 2-televised event in Manchester provided a mixed bag of ups and downs, but as always, at least a few intriguing statistical figures came out of the event.
So with the help of FightMetric, take a look at 30 facts to come out of UFC Fight Night 30.
Machida, Luke Barnatt and Nicholas Musoke earned $50,000 UFC Fight Night 30 fight-night bonuses.
UFC Fight Night 30 drew an announced attendance of 10,355 for a live gate of $1.5 million.
Betting favorites went 8-3 on the card.
Total fight time for the 12-bout card was 1:39:32.
In the 13 events the UFC has held in England, fighters from the country are 38-28 with one no-contest against foreign opponents. English fighters went 3-3 at UFC Fight Night 30.
Machida became the fifth fighter in UFC history to earn a second knockout stemming from a kick to the head (Belfort, Yves Edwards, Anthony Johnson, Paul Taylor).
Machida’s knockdown of Munoz was the 12th in his UFC career, which is fourth all-time in history behind Melvin Guillard (13), Chuck Liddell (14) and Anderson Silva (17).
Machida’s knockout at 3:10 of Round 1 was the fastest stoppage victory of his UFC career.
Munoz is the fifth fighter in UFC history to record zero strikes landed in a main event fight. The 35-year-old was 0-3 in total strikes.
Munoz has been knocked out in three of his four career defeats.
Guillard (31-12-2 MMA, 12-8 UFC) vs. Ross Pearson (15-6 MMA, 7-3 UFC) was the UFC’s first no-contest since Abel Trujillo vs. Roger Bowling at UFC Fight Night 27.
Guillard vs. Pearson was the 21st fight in UFC history be declared a no-contest.
Guillard and Pearson will have a rematch of their co-main event at a UFC European Tour event on March 8 in London.
Jimi Manuwa (14-0 MMA, 3-0 UFC) remained undefeated with all of his career victories coming by knockout. Manuwa’s UFC victories have come via injury stoppage, doctor’s stoppage and retirement.
Ryan Jimmo (18-3 MMA, 2-2 UFC) was knocked out for the first time since Feb. 3, 2007 – a span of 2,457 days (more than 6.5 years) and 20 fights.
Norman Parke (19-2 MMA, 3-0 UFC) is the first winner of “The Ultimate Fighter” reality show to start his UFC career with a 3-0 record since Rony Jason (“TUF: Brazil 1?). Parke has earned all three of his UFC victories by decision.
Alessio Sakara (15-11 MMA, 6-8 UFC) extended his career-worst losing streak to four fights.
Sakara was submitted for the first time since May 27, 2006 – a span of 2,709 days (nearly 7.5 years) and 12 fights.
Phil Harris (22-11 MMA, 1-2 UFC) was knocked out for the first time since Nov. 24, 2007 – a span of 2,163 days (nearly six years) and eight fights.
John Lineker (23-6 MMA, 4-1 UFC) has won three straight UFC fights by knockout.
Lineker’s knockout of Phil Harris at 2:51 of Round 1 was the fastest knockout in UFC flyweight history.
Al Iaquinta (7-2-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC) earned his second short-notice UFC victory in a 56-day span.
Piotr Hallmann (14-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC) suffered a decision loss for the first time in his 16-fight career.
Jessica Andrade (10-3 MMA, 1-1 UFC) earned the first 10-8 round in a women’s UFC bout that went to a decision. Andrade was awarded one 10-8 round by two of the three judges in her decision win over Rosi Sexton (13-4 MMA, 0-2 UFC).
Andrade landed 206 significant strikes (215 total strikes) against Sexton, a single fight women’s bantamweight record.
Andrade and Sexton combined for 294 significant strikes landed, breaking the previous divisional record of 152 set by Jessica Eye and Sarah Kaufman at earlier this month at UFC 166.
Cole Miller (20-8 MMA, 9-6 UFC) won a fight by decision for the first time since Sept. 19, 2007 – a span of 2,229 days (more than six years) and 14 fights.
Jimy Hettes’ (11-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC) 18 completed takedowns in his UFC career are the most in featherweight history.
Robert Whiteford (10-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC) was submitted for the first time in his 12-fight career.
Brad Scott (9-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC) earned the first standing submission victory in the UFC since Urijah Faber defeated Ivan Menjivar at UFC 157 in February.
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