With one of the greatest events in mixed martial arts history in the books, it's time to turn our gaze towards Manchester and this Saturday's "UFC Fight Night 30: Machida vs. Munoz" fight card.
The event, which airs on Fox Sports 2 (formerly Fuel TV), is notable for one specific thing: the middleweight debut of former light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida.
The event was originally scheduled to feature a main event between Michael Bisping and Mark Munoz. But a severe eye injury to Bisping forced him to withdraw from the fight. Machida was slated to face Tim Kennedy at the Fight for the Troops event in November but was pulled from the card and inserted into a fight with friend and training partner Mark Munoz.
As is typical with most free television cards, the rest of the card doesn't exactly feature the biggest names in the sport. With that in mind, I'm focusing my betting preview for the event on the top three fights. After we take in-depth looks at those bouts, I'll give you predictions for the rest of the fights.
As always, I won't be recommending a betting play on every fight; my goal here is to help you maximize your value, and if I don't see good value in a fight, I won't suggest you make a play on it. But there are a couple of possible plays on this card, so let's get started.