Clearly Manuwa’s stand-up is his bread and butter. His strikes are crisp and come with a snap unlike most of his peers. However, his ability to handle a legitimate wrestler remains to be seen. He also needs to showcase his skills on American soil to erase any doubt about his need for a home-field advantage to come out on top. Ryan Bader would be a perfect selection, but he already has a December duel lined up. As such, giving Manuwa a fellow knockout artist like Thiago Silva would at least provide massive potential for fireworks in terms of how the action would unfold inside the Octagon.
Every win attached to UFC Fight Night 30 was crucial for the competitor who came out on top. However, in the big picture a handful of the victories were more notable in terms of the stakes involved. Here’s a look at six of the biggest instances of success including a couple of upsets, some solid showings, and even an instance or two of tilts with implications on title-contendership. (Photos by USA Today Sports Images)