Lyoto Machida looks like a contender at 185 pounds. | Photo: Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Getty Images
Lyoto Machida had to temporarily put friendship aside for his middleweight debut. Even while prevailing in spectacularly violent fashion, the former 205-pound champion remained a restrained, class act.
Machida knocked out former training partner Mark Munoz with a head kick 3:10 into the opening round of the UFC Fight Night 30 headliner at the Phones 4U Arena in Manchester, England, on Saturday night. Realizing that one strike was sufficient, the Brazilian did not pull the trigger on a follow-up attack. The damage had already been done and with it, Machida announced himself as a serious contender at 185 pounds. The final statistics, though limited, provide insight into how efficient the karateka can be at his best. Here is a by-the-numbers look at UFC Fight Night 30, with figures courtesy of FightMetric.com.
12: Knockdowns landed by Machida during his Octagon tenure, moving him past Junior dos Santos for sole possession of fourth place in promotion history. Only Melvin Guillard (13), Chuck Liddell (14) and Anderson Silva (17) have more.
5: Fighters in UFC history who own two victories via head-kick knockout. Machida became the fifth by stopping Munoz with a head kick 3:10 into their middleweight conflict. The others are Vitor Belfort, Yves Edwards, Anthony Johnson and Paul Taylor. It was the second defeat by head kick for Munoz; the first came against Matt Hamill at UFC 96.
0: Significant strikes landed by Munoz in three attempts during the abbreviated encounter. By comparison, Machida landed five of 10 significant strikes attempted.
7: Bouts in which a Machida opponent has landed less than 10 significant strikes. Not surprisingly, “The Dragon” is 7-0 in those affairs, with five of those victories coming via KO or TKO. The victims are as follows, with their significant strikes landed in parentheses : Munoz (0), Ryan Bader (7), Randy Couture (5), Rashad Evans (4), Thiago Silva (2), Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou (6) and David Heath (8).
4: Fight camps affiliated with Melvin Guillard over the past two years. Beginning with his UFC 136 loss to Joe Lauzon, “The Young Assassin” has trained with Jackson’s MMA, the Blackzilians, Grudge Training Center and most recently, American Top Team. Guillard’s bout with Ross Pearson was ruled a no contest due to an illegal knee landed by the Louisiana native.
14: Finishes -- including 13 via knockout or technical knockout -- in 14 professional appearances for Jimi Manuwa. Interestingly enough, all three of “Poster Boy’s” UFC triumphs have come as a result of injury to his opponents. Most recently, Ryan Jimmo succumbed to a leg injury 4:41 into round two of their light heavyweight encounter.
81: Significant strikes landed by Norman Parke in his unanimous verdict over Jon Tuck, the most of anyone on the UFC Fight Night 30 card. After being outlanded 23 to 12 by his Guamanian foe in round one, Parke held a combined 69 to 44 edge in significant strikes over the course of the final two frames.
1,315: Days since Alessio Sakara’s last UFC victory, a first-round technical knockout triumph over James Irvin at UFC Live 1. The Italian middleweight has lost four straight fights in the Octagon, including an opening-round submission defeat via armbar against Nicholas Musoke.
6: Total pounds that John Lineker has been overweight on the three occasions he has missed the contracted flyweight limit during his UFC tenure. The Brazilian weighed 128 prior to facing Phil Harris on Saturday, 129 prior to facing Jose Maria Tome at UFC 163 and 127 before his UFC on Fox 3 bout against Louis Gaudinot. “Hands of Stone” is 2-1 in those bouts after stopping Harris in the first round.
3: Knockdowns landed by Lineker in a little less than three minutes against Harris. The Brazilian also landed three knockdowns in a second-round stoppage of Azamat Gashimov at UFC on Fox 8 in May.
2:51: Official time of Lineker’s TKO triumph, the fastest finish by a flyweight since the UFC added the division last year.
.910: Percentage of Jim Hettes’ victories that have ended via submission. After a 13-month absence from the Octagon, “The Kid” earned his 10th such triumph by tapping Robert Whiteford with a triangle choke in the second round of their featherweight clash.
13: UFC events held in England, including Saturday’s card in Manchester. The promotion first ventured to the country for UFC 38 “Brawl at the Hall,” which was held at the Royal Albert Hall in London.