Machida was viewed as a natural middleweight for a longtime and professed as much in multiple interviews before finally making the move down to 185 pounds. After seeing the shape he was in at UFC Fight Night 30 it’s easy to see why people were so pumped about the idea. The cut clearly didn’t hurt his performance even though he admitted it was difficult and the process will get easier as time goes on. He was crisp and quick but didn’t sacrifice any power. In short, it was an all-around excellent divisional debut likely serving as a stepping stone to a clash for top contendership.
Every UFC event is an educational experience for all involved parties including those watching action unfold inside the Octagon. UFC Fight Night 30 was no exception, offering up lessons in the competitive prowess of the evening’s athletes, the state of MMA officiating, and a handful of other subjects. Here are five observations gleaned from the goings-on in Manchester… (Photos by USA Today Sports Images)
Front-Page Photo Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports