John Lineker and Nicholas Musoke opened up the UFC Fight Night 30 main card, with both men taking impressive wins. Unfortunately, the rest of the bouts before the main event had a lackluster decision along with some weird finishes like a no-contest and a freak injury.
Lineker missed weight yet again, coming in at 128 lbs for a flyweight bout against Phil Harris. He possibly was in danger of getting cut with a loss at this event, but fortunately for him, he was able to win impressively. The two start swinging big early, but Lineker was the one landing the more devastating shots and had Harris wobbled and dropped multiple times. Three minutes in though, and Harris was dropped with punches for a final time, and the ref was forced to stop the onslaught. The result: John Lineker def. Paul Harris by TKO (Punches), Round 1, 2:51
On the second bout of the main card, UFC newcomer Nicholas Musoke came in as a late replacement, and fought above his natural weight class against an established veteran in Alessio Sakara. Not many predicted him to win, but he certainly made the most of his chance fighting at the big stage. After eating a few bombs during early striking exchanges that went back and forth, Sakara was able to take him down, but Musoke capitalized with a nifty armbar. It was Sakara's first loss by submission since 2006, a pretty impressive achievement for a guy making his UFC debut on very short notice. The result: Nicholas Musoke def. Alessio Sakara by Submission (armbar), Round 1, 3:07.
The co-main event was shaping up nicely with Melvin Guillard looking to be in top form against fellow striker, Ross Pearson. Unfortunately for him, he landed two knees as Pearson was getting up, that was deemed illegal. The foul, although unintentional, drew a large cut on Pearson's forehead which lead to the doctor stopping the bout. The final result: Melvin Guillard vs. Ross Pearson was ruled as a No Contest at 1:57 of Round 1.
It's a silly rule that needs to eventually be revisited and changed, but either way, we will probably get a more firm conclusion to this bout soon as the two are set for a rematch in London this March.
Other main card results:
After an uneventful first round, Ryan Jimmo suffered a freak injury without even taking strikes or takedowns from his opponent in Jimi Manuwa. He was bouncing up and down during the second round, and then suddenly collapsed with a leg injury. The unfortunate injury resulted to Manuwa technically picking up a TKO win at 4:41 of round 2.