Machida KOs Munoz in main event

When it was announced that Lyoto “The Dragon”

Machida was moving down to the middleweight division, many believed

the former UFC light heavyweight champion would quickly emerge as a

potential contender in the 185-pound ranks.

Squaring off against his friend Mark Munoz in the main event of

Saturday’s UFC Fight Night event in Manchester, England, the

Brazilian made it clear that he’s already a force to be

reckoned with in his new weight class, finishing “The

Filipino Wrecking Machine” just after the midway point of the

opening round with a brilliant left high kick.

After feeling each other out for most of the frame, Machida

landed a pair of heavy kicks to the body. The next time he pulled

the trigger, the 35-year-old Brazilian went upstairs, crashing his

shin into the side of Munoz’ head with such force that the

partially blocked blow still put the former National champion

wrestler down for the count.

Watch Machida’s impressive debut win, and stay tuned to

FoxSports.com for further post-fight coverage from UFC Fight Night:

Machida vs. Munoz.