The two might be friends, but that didn’t stop Lyoto Machida from finishing Mark Munoz.
Machida landed a head-kick knockout in the first round of the main event at UFC Fight Night 30 in Manchester on Saturday.
The perfectly placed strike landed square on Munoz’s head, dropping “The Filipino Wrecking Machine” to the canvas and forcing the referee to stop the contest at the 3:10 mark of the opening frame.
“It was very hard for me because Mark is a good friend of mine,” Machida said about fighting Munoz, a friend and occasional training partner. “But you know, as a professional, I don’t think about that and just do my job. But now that it’s over the friendship will continue.”
With the win, Machida makes a successful middleweight debut, after dropping from the light heavyweight division. The former 205-pound champion improves his record to 20-4.
Here are the remainder of the results for the rest of the card.
Melvin Guillard vs. Ross Pearson ruled a no-contest in Round 1, 1:57
Jimi Manuwa def. Ryan Jimmo via TKO (injury) in Round 2, 4:41
Norman Parke def. Jon Tuck via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
Nicholas Musoke def. Alessio Sakara via verbal submission (armbar) in Round 1, 3:07
John Lineker def. Phil Harris via TKO (punches) in Round 1, 2:51
Al Iaquinta def. Piotr Hallmann via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
Luke Barnatt def. Andrew Craig via submission (rear-naked choke) in Round 2, 2:12
Jessica Andrade def. Rosi Sexton via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-26)
Cole Miller def. Andy Ogle via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Jimy Hettes def. Robert Whiteford via submission (triangle choke) in Round 2, 2:17
Brad Scott def. Michael Kuiper via submission (standing guillotine choke) in Round 1, 4:17