Machida’s move to 185 pounds was a perfect example of an athlete slimming down to a division better suited for his/her physique. He was great as a 205er but has the potential to be incredible at middleweight. He looked faster but didn’t lose any power as evident by his beautiful head-kick finish of Munoz. Machida is established enough to immediately jump into the discussion for a title-shot with one more victory under his belt. The two men best suited to serve as opponents in that regard are Vitor Belfort, who Machida has a personal issue with, and Michael Bisping. Gegard Mousasi is also worth considering but he doesn’t have the same mainstream appeal as the previously mentioned candidates.
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)