Another UFC event is in the books, as UFC Fight Night 30 in Manchester ended with a bang.
There was a violent knockout in the main event, a controversial no-contest in the co-main feature and a number of exciting bouts scattered throughout the card. Plus, the crowd really got into the fights, making the event even better.
There were plenty of options for the fight night bonuses. Here is a recap for the Submission, Knockout and Fight of the Night.
Submission of the Night: Nicholas Musoke
Making your UFC debut on less than two weeks notice against a long-time UFC veteran in Alessio Sakara is not an easy task. Yet it was the task of Nicholas Musoke, a Swedish welterweight fighting up at 185 pounds.
Despite getting tagged early by a huge Sakara punch, Musoke battled back and showed some good power on the feet himself.
Once the fight hit the ground, Musoke looked to be in his world. He was on his back, but he was working hard to put the Italian in a rough spot.
Then, like a flash of lightning, Musoke grabbed an armbar and cranked. He had the right amount of torque and Sakara was forced to surrender.
That armbar narrowly edged the beautiful triangle choke that Jimy Hettes applied on Robert Whiteford earlier in the card.
Knockout of the Night: Lyoto Machida
There was no doubt about who was going to win Knockout of the Night. Lyoto Machida took it in a landslide, as his finish of Mark Munoz was a highlight reel finish.
It only took a round for Machida to hit the switch, but he threw a head kick that nailed Munoz right in the temple. "The Filipino Wrecking Machine" was out before he hit the mat.
Just as impressive of the knockout was Machida's restraint in following up the kill shot. The referee was out of position and "The Dragon" could have landed several more blows to the defenseless Munoz.
Luckily, Machida hesitated, looked to the ref and let him stop the bout without further damage. Knockout plus sportsmanship always equals great MMA.
Fight of the Night: Luke Barnatt vs. Andrew Craig
Fight of the Night was really a tossup, but when the dust settled, the crazy back-and-forth match between Luke Barnatt and Andrew Craig earned the extra cash.
Early on, Craig looked to be getting the better of exchanges, landing power punches with more success than Barnatt's tap-jab. That tide would change toward the end of the first, as Barnatt dropped Craig with a huge combination.
An early celebration robbed Barnatt of a finish in the first, but he would not be denied in the second.
Barnatt again dropped Craig in the second and again celebrated too early. However, the stunned Craig could not function with a clear mind, and Barnatt worked him from top position.
The Brit sunk in a choke and finished Craig. It was a crazy bout that definitely deserved the extra bonus check both men will be taking home.