Today live from Manchester, England is UFC Fight Night 30 headlined by a middleweight bout between Lyoto Machida and Mark Munoz.
The card gets underway with the Facebook prelims at 12 p.m. ET. The main card will air on Fox Sports 2 and it gets underway at 3 p.m. ET.
This post will cover the preliminary fights. Here’s how the prelims break down:
Al Iaquinta vs. Piotr Hallmann
Luke Barnatt vs. Andrew Craig
Rosi Sexton vs. Jessica Andrade
Andy Ogle vs. Cole Miller
Jim Hettes vs. Robert Whiteford
Bradley Scott vs. Michael Kuiper
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Bradley Scott vs. Michael Kuiper – Round 1 – Kuiper coming out with low kicks. Uppercut lands for Scott and they clinch up. Scott working knees to the body and now he pushes Kuiper into the cage. Scott just grinding Kuiper against the cage, working knees to the body and short punches to the body. Referee restarts them for lack of action with 90 seconds left. Big combo by Scott and Kuiper back into the cage. Kuiper tries to get out, Scott locks up a front choke and that’ll do it. Bradley Scott wins by submission (front choke), round 1.
Jim Hettes vs. Robert Whiteford – Round 1 – Whiteford looking to keep range and pop jabs and long punches to keep Hettes off of him and try to keep it standing. Hettes clinches him, Whiteford turns him against the cage. Hettes with a throw to get the fight to the ground and he’s looking to trap an arm with his legs. Hettes can’t quite trap the arm. Hettes to side control but Whiteford scoots to the cage and is trying to stand up. Hettes is to the back and has the body triangle. Whiteford gets to his feet when Hettes lets the body triangle go. Another takedown by Hettes and the round is over. 10-9 Hettes.
Round 2 -Hettes charging hard and he lands a knee to the chin and then takes Whiteford down. Hettes just dominating on the ground. He locks in a triangle, lands a few elbows and rolls Whiteford over and it’s over. Jim Hettes wins by submission (triangle choke), round 2.
Andy Ogle vs. Cole Miller – Round 1 -They’re trading some long strikes and Miller lands two hard right hands that seem to hurt Ogle. Miller with a clinch and he lands some good knees to the face. Ogle looking for the takedown and he eats a few more knees for his trouble. Ogle eats a knee to the body and then lands a throw. It’s a fight for position and Cole manages to get the back. Miller on the back and he’s working to try to move to the mount but he stays on the back. Ogle lands a few arm punches to Miller’s face while he’s on the back. Round ends and it’s a clear 10-9 Miller.
Round 2 – Miller landing some jabs and Ogle coming up a bit short with his punches. A few leg kicks by Ogle. Ogle going for a nother takedown and Miller tries for an arm in guillotine choke. It looks fairly deep but Ogle survives it. Now Ogle is on top and almost gets swept by Miller. Miller can’t quite end up on top though. Now Miller finishes the sweep and he’s looking for an armbar, instead he takes the back and traps one of Ogle’s arms. Another round down and I’ve got it 10-9 Miller again.
Round 3 -Ogle with a leg kick and Miller lands a few good punches. Ogle is stepping it up a bit and landing a few punches of his own but Miller catches him with a hard left hook. Ogle throwing some hard shots now. Ogle wants the takedown again and Miller almost looks like he let him finish it, which would make sense with how he has dominated there thus far. Elbow by Ogle. Several more elbows by Ogle, he’s actually doing some good work now. Miller lands an upkick, Ogle is on top and he’s landing some good shots now. Ogle manages to outwork Miller clearly in round 3 but too little, too late for me as I have it 29-28 with very little dispute over who won which round.
Official scorecards: 29-28 across the board. Cole Miller wins by unanimous decision.
Rosi Sexton vs. Jessica Andrade – Round 1 -Andrade clips her and continues firing big punches as Sexton is forced to cover up. Andrade with another big right hand. Andrade with another hard flury and Sexton is bleeding. Andrade is just beating her up. Sexton with a very nice right but Andrade fires back and is hitting harder. Andrade with a throw and she’s on top in side control. They stand up and Sexton with a knee to the body, Andrade with a good right. Andrade with an illegal knee at the end of the round. 10-8 Andrade.
Round 2 -Andrade is firing away again and now Sexton is firing back. Andrade tags her and Sexton is bady hurt. Andrade is just bludgeoning her. The referee should step in. He doesn’t though and she takes more shots. Andrade is just crushing her and Sexton is too tough to go down. Sexton’s face is swollen, she’s barely able to stand and Andrade is just beating her terribly. 10-7 round. Just horrible. End the fight.
Round 3 -Sexton is throwing punches but she eats another big right hand. Rosi tries for a takedown and can’t get it. Another left hand by Andrade. Big right by Sexton lands hard. Hard right by Andrade now. Sexton eats some more big shots. She’s too tough for her own good and the referee and her own corner did not look out for her. 10-8 Andrade.
Official scorecards: 30-26, 30-27, 30-26. Jessica Andrade wins by unanimous decision.
Luke Barnatt vs. Andrew Craig – Round 1 – Criag throwing a wild overhand right. Leg kick by Craig lands. Big right hand lands for Craig. Barnatt misses with a punch by about an inch but it sends Craig stumbling. Craig lands a hard right hand and now a body kick. Barnatt is moving a lot but he’s not doing much else. Big left by Craig lands hard and now a right hand. Big right by Barnatt drops Craig who legitimately was out on his feet before falling and some follow up shots but he can’t finish.
Round 2 -Craig moving well considering he was basically knocked out at the end of the last round. Hard right by Barnatt. Barnatt tags him again and again Craig is hurt. Barnatt takes the back and locks in a choke and it’s over. Luke Barnatt wins by submission (rear naked choke), round 2.
Al Iaquinta vs. Piotr Hallmann – Round 1 -Iaquina looking for the takedown right away and he mostly has the back standing. Two warnings to Hallmann for holding the cage. Hallmann gets away though. Iaquinta with a nice right hand. Hallmann with a head kick and now a flurry of punches and he’s starting to land a bit. Hallmann with a takedown late in the round.
Round 2 -Hallmann starting to land pretty well. Iaquinta with a few nice punches up against the cage. Iaquinta hurts him with a punch and now Hallmann is down. Iaquinta langing some more big shots but can’t get the finish. Good round for Iaquinta.
Round 3 -Hallmann with a takedown but he can’t finish it. Leg kick by Iaquinta and then he stuffs a takedown attempt from Hallmann. Eye poke by Iaquinta. They resume and Hallmann keeps walking forward. Iaquinta took him down despite Hallmann grabbing the cage and getting at least his fourth warning. Should be an easy Iaquinta scorecard.
Official scorecards: 30-27, 30-27, 29-28 all for Al Iaquinta.
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