Alessio Sakara may be a dangerous striker but he struggles on the ground. Newcomer Nicholas Musoke was clearly aware of Sakara’s deficiency in the grappling department, picking up an Armbar win in the opening round of action after engaging in a few exchanges with the Italian boxer. The Submission of the Night finish marked his sixth straight win and was the fifth tap-out of his career. Lyoto Machida’s debut at 185 pounds couldn’t have gone much better other than that it involved his friend and occasional training partner Mark Munoz. Removing the personal relationship between the two, their tilt was good on paper but played out to be a lopsided affair. Munoz never came close to taking Machida down and got blasted with a head kick a few minutes into the match-up, sending him down to the canvas and earning Machida Knockout of the Night honors. There weren’t a lot of people outside of his native England giving Luke Barnatt a chance against Andrew Craig (myself included). However, the Ultimate Fighter 17 alumnus never really looked lost, hurting Craig on more than one occasion while standing before ultimately tapping him out. His nickname may be “Bigslow” but it’s clear Barnatt’s ascension as a middleweight prospect should be a fast one so long as he keeps improving on what he displayed in front of his fellow Brits. According to UFC President Dana White, the event earned $1.5 million in ticket sales. It wasn’t the organization’s biggest show in Great Britain or even Manchester but it’s still a respectable number. It should also be noted the card lost its biggest draw in Michael Bisping, and though Lyoto Machida’s presence certainly helped he’s not nearly as beloved in the region as the biggest name to come out of the country. UFC Fight Night 30’s numbers were right on par with the organization’s February show in London featuring interim bantamweight champ Renan Barao putting his gold up for grabs in the main event. Though the crowd wasn’t nearly as big as UFC 166 it was arguably just as loud. Likewise, it should be said UFC Fight Night 30 out-drew a number of larger scale offerings in 2013 including UFC Fight Night: Johnson vs. Moraga, UFC 156: Aldo vs. Edgar, and UFC 164: Henderson vs. Pettis II.
MMA fans looking for a little afternoon delight found it today in the form of
. The event was broadcast live on FOX Sports 2 from Manchester, England and offered up some excellent action for those tuning in. Now that the smoke has cleared, four competitors have emerged with an extra $50,000 due to their performances at the show in addition to numbers relating to the box office. (Photos by USA Today Sports Images) UFC Fight Night 30