The disappointing no-contest decision in the co-main event between Ross Pearson and Melvin Guillard threatened to take the edge off a solid night of action at UFC Fight-Night 30.
Then Lyoto Machida finished the night off by announcing his arrival at middleweight with a first round knock-out stoppage of his friend and training partner Mark Munoz.
Physically the former light-heavyweight champion looks more suited to middleweight and after this win he won’t be too far from a title shot. A meeting with Michael Bisping, the man who was scheduled to face Munoz in Manchester on Saturday night, would be an interesting next match-up for both fighters.
One thing is for certain after this head-kick stoppage, few middleweights will fancy their chances of taking on the new slimmed-down Dragon.