MMA NEWS: UFN 30 - MACHIDA VS. MUNOZ PICKS, ODDS & PREDICTIONS
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Chicago, Illinois – October 23, 2013
UFC FIGHT NIGHT 30: MACHIDA VS.MUNOZ
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Phones 4U Arena - Manchester, England 3PM-12PM ET/PT
As world-famous musician and MMA enthusiast Elton John once sang, “Saturday Night’s alright for fighting!” No rest after the instant classic that was UFC 166. One week later “The Filipino Wrecking Machine” will attempt to demolish a very real “Dragon”. The “Young Assassin” puts a contract out on a killer from across the pond. Four more fights on the main card from four different weight divisions kick off this stacked freebee. Okay. I admit it. I made up the part about Elton John being an MMA enthusiast, but that lyric fit perfectly. Here are my picks and predications for UFC FIGHT NIGHT 30: MACHIDA VS.MUNOZ.
LYOTO “THE DRAGON” MACHIDA (19-4) VS. MARK “THE FILIPINO WRECKING MACHINE” MUNOZ #5 (13-3)
Munoz made a 180 degree turn recovering quite nicely from his loss to now MW Champ Chris Weidman and dominated Tim Boetsch in his last tussle. After taking out Ryan Bader and defeating Dan Henderson, Machida experienced a “never leave it in hands of the judges” moment, with a decision loss to Phil Davis, prompting a division drop to MW. This is “The Dragon’s” inaugural fight in the crucial move to 185lbs. Initially slated to take on Tim Kennedy, Machdia has definitely received a higher caliber of competition in Munoz. Both fighters will place themselves in poll-position for contention with a “W”. Munoz is a punishing wrestler, taking you down and pounding you out. Machida has had great success in the past with this style of fighting def. Ortiz, Couture, Bader and Henderson with his evasive movement and unpredictable striking patterns. Factor in Machida stepping inside the cage closer to his LH weight. Prediction: Littler Dragon seeks path and whips tail. Munoz is KO’d.
ROSS PEARSON (15-3) VS. MELVIN “THE YOUNG ASSASSIN” GUILLARD (48-13)
Pearson won his last (2) fights by TKO against talented players Ryan Couture and George Sotiropoulos. “The Young Assassin” has failed to carry out the job (2) times in a row, getting KO’d by “Cowboy Cerrone” and then losing a razor-close split to Jamie Varner. Guillard returned and scored a “KO OF THE NIGHT” against Mac Danzing. Like many 1st round starts in the past, Guillard will charge in for the finish. How Pearson handles the stronger fighter’s blitzkrieg will dictate the outcome. The Brit needs to stay on the horse that got him here; technical striking and find that counter opening for the finish. Prediction: Ross by TKO (underdog pick).
JIMMY MANUWA (13-0) VS. RYAN “THE BIG DEAL” JIMMO(18-2)
Passed the bad luck number, Manuwa is a perfect 13-0, an amazing (12) by KO/TKO and (1) submission, all finishes with (2) fights in the big show, both TKO (one TKO opponent unable to continue). Jimmo was on an impressive (17)fight winning streak until he met decision defeat against another up and coming 205er James Te-Huna. “The Big Deal” shook off the loss and scored a decision victory off Igor Pokrajac. Expect Jimmo to close the distance on Manuwa and grind him against the fences. Make no mistake Jimmo can put you away, holding a fastest KO in his first UFC fight (tied 7 seconds). With an arsenal of Muay Thai and boxing techniques, it will be hard to bet against Manuwa. Prediction: The streak continues. Manuwa TKOs Jimmo 2nd round.
NORMAN PARKE (19-2) VS. JON TUCK (7-0)
This 155 prospect scrap was supposed to happen way back in April, but Tuck got injured and TUF: SMASHES LW winner Parke had to sit out the big dance without a partner. Tuck is the slight underdog. Possessing a 3” reach advantage over Parke, Tuck’s (7) wins break down (3) Kos (3) Submissions and (1) decision in his first UFC fight. Parke is on an (8) fight winning streak; (3) submissions, (2) TKOs and (3) decisions, two of which were in the Octagon. Both fighters are well aware of why they were placed in the cage together, with the winner potentially getting a top ten LW opponent. Prediction: Parke by decision.
ALESSIO SAKARA (19-10) VS. NICHOLAS MUSOKE (10-2)
It’s been a bad couple of fights for cage vet Sakara, after being KO’d by Stars and Stripes poster boy Brian Stann and then being disqualified for using the back of Patrick Cote’s head like a snare drum. He did go the distance with future champ Chris Weidman, but lost that bout as well. Dana White must like Sakara, cause he’s still around after (3) down. Musoke is a last minute replacement, making his debut in the UFC. Sakara originally trained for a match with former BAMMA MW Champ Tom Watson, who was injured and exchanged for grappler/submission finisher Magnus Cedenbald who also found himself on the DL. Looks like Sakara’s dance partners are sharing his “not so lucky streak”. Musoke is so new the UFC website has a blacked out photo of Thiago Alves on his bio page. Although he has (6) 1st round finishes under his belt, Octagon jitters could be a factor. Prediction: Sakara is back in the win column. TKO/GNP ref stoppage.
PHIL HARRIS #10 (22-10) VS. JOHN LINEKER #5 (22-6)
Top ranked Fly-weight Lineker has won (3) in a row in the Octagon, notching (2) back to back TKO victories. He's a proven finisher with fast hands, pinpoint knees and a heavy left. Harris saw himself in the FW running after being on the right end of a UD victory over top 10er Ulysses Gomez. Quick, non-stop action should be expected in this “FIGHT OF THE NIGHT” contender, giving off an "anything can happen" vibe. Keep in mind that the favorite, Lineker, has been rocked and submitted in the past. Prediction: Lineker by strikes ref stoppage.