At UFC Fight Night 30, former light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida will try to beat Mark Munoz and begin a run at the 185-pound championship.
Machida made his long-awaited move to the middleweight division on the heels of a loss to Phil Davis. Another prerequisite to Machida's drop in weight was the dethroning of teammate and former 185-pound titleholder Anderson Silva. Now that Silva no longer holds the belt, Machida won't feel as though he's gunning at a friend by battling for a middleweight title shot.
Additionally, a lightweight bout between Melvin Guillard and Ross Pearson will be featured on the UFC Fight Night 30 main card. The Brit, Pearson, will have the home crowd behind him in this pivotal matchup, with Saturday's event being held in Manchester, England.
At the conclusion of the fight card, several fighters will join UFC president Dana White for the post-fight press conference, which can be viewed live on the above video player.
Below is the full UFC Fight Night 30 card.
UFC Fight Night 30 Main Card (Fox Sports 2 at 3:00 PM ET)
- Lyoto Machida vs. Mark Munoz
- Melvin Guillard vs. Ross Pearson
- Jimi Manuwa vs. Ryan Jimmo
- Norman Parke vs. Jon Tuck
- Alessio Sakara vs. Nicholas Musoke
- Phil Harris vs. John Lineker
UFC Fight Night 30 Preliminary Card (UFC.com at 12:00 PM ET)
- Al Iaquinta vs. Piotr Hallman
- Andrew Craig vs. Luke Barnatt
- Rosi Sexton vs. Jessica Andrade
- Andy Ogle vs. Cole Miller
- Jimy Hettes vs. Rob Whiteford
- Brad Scott vs. Michael Kuiper