Lyoto Machida is known for his terror-like one-strike knockout capability in the cage, and Saturday was no different as he connected a stunning kick that sent his training partner and friend Mark Munoz, reeling to the floor of the cage in just over three minutes of the first round.
"The Dragon" stepped in three weeks ago to replace one Michael Bisping, who had pulled out of the England fight card due to eye problems, meaning a interesting bout which saw the two friends face each other competitively for the first time in the octagon.
The 35-year old Brazilian landed the only blow that counted in the UFC Fight Night main event against the "Filipino Wrecking Machine", knocking out his compatriot even though Munoz had a hand up to fend off the kick. However, Machida held back on rushing in when the blow sent Munoz to the floor, waiting for referee Leon Roberts to stop the fight before embracing Mark Munoz as he crept back up to his feet.
"It's very hard to me because Mark is a good friend for me," said Machida. "But as a professional I don't think about that. I just focus on my job, now my friendship with Mark can continue."
Machida improved to 20-4 in his career. Munoz (13-4) has dropped two of three.
Now, the Brazilian, who is new to the middleweight category, is now looking past his win to greater pastures.
"I don't know [ who I want to fight next]," Machida told UFC.
"It is very hard to say but for sure I want to be champion. I want the belt."
In fact, he named one Anderson "The Spider" Silva as a potential future match-up. The fellow countryman, who is also Machida's team-mate and long time friend, held the middleweight title for a long time before Chris Weidman took it from him.
"If I want the belt," Machida explained.
"I have to chase the belt."