Former UFC light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida (20-4 MMA, 12-4 UFC) announced his arrival to the middleweight division in highlight-reel fashion with a spectacular head-kick knockout of Mark Munoz (13-4 MMA, 8-4 UFC) in Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 30 main event.
After spending the entirety of his UFC career at 205 pounds, “The Dragon” made his long awaited 185-pound debut in memorable fashion, putting fellow middleweight contenders on notice.
The finish of Munoz was the fastest knockout of the Brazilian’s UFC career, and it left the MMA community – including UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman – excited for Machida’s future.
To see what fans, media and fighters thought of Machida’s victory, check out these Twitter reactions:
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— Kyra Gracie (@kyragracie) October 26, 2013
That KO was set up by that body shot. Got Munoz to change his guard and leave the opening for the high kick.
— Daniel Downes (@dannyboydownes) October 26, 2013
Gotta love that southpaw left high kick….
— Diego Sanchez UFC (@DiegoSanchezUFC) October 26, 2013
KO happened with the body kick cuz Machida feinted w/kick prior & Mark’s hands went low. Head kick came later because of it. Impressive!
— Kenny Florian (@kennyflorian) October 26, 2013
Lombard at 170. Machida at 185. Two former champions. Two new divisions. Two immediate impacts. Wow.
— Dave Sholler (@Sholler_UFC) October 26, 2013
— UFC (@ufc) October 26, 2013
I guess machida buying dinner
— glover teixeira (@gloverteixeira) October 26, 2013
Machida is the man! But really wanted the Filipino wrecking ball pull through! Damn!
— Jerome-Max Holloway (@BlessedMMA) October 26, 2013
Machida earns his 12th knockdown of an opponent and gains sole possession of 4th place in UFC history. He passed JDS. #UFCFightNight
— Michael Carroll (@MJCflipdascript) October 26, 2013
— Roy Nelson (@roynelsonmma) October 26, 2013
Well that sucked. Doesn’t change anything though. Here’s the adversity. Time to do what we always do.
— Joe Ellenberger (@JoeEllenberger) October 26, 2013
Welcome to 185 @lyotomachidafw
— Dana White (@danawhite) October 26, 2013
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It’s nice to have another great fighter added to MW division. Very exciting! Making MW even more interesting!
— Chris Weidman (@ChrisWeidmanUFC) October 26, 2013
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