UFC Fight Night 119 went down from tonight (Saturday, October 28, 2017) from Ginásio do Ibirapuera in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The headliner saw the return of Lyoto Machida after more than two years on the sidelines opposite Derek Brunson.
Brunson turned back “The Dragon” in dramatic fashion, finishing him in the very first round.
A massive counter left hand rocked Machida, follow-up shots put him on the canvas, and several more jackhammer punches knocked him out cold. It was a rude welcome back to competition for the former light heavyweight champion, but perhaps the biggest win of Brunson’s career. He banked an extra $50,000 for his Performance of the Night handiwork.
Elsewhere on the main card, bantamweight Pedro Munhoz pulled off his signature move and is $50,000 richer for it. “The Young Punisher” had to walk through heavy fire from fellow up-and-comer Rob Font, but a big left hand permanently turned the tide of the fight. Font shot a desperation takedown after getting rocked – just about the worst thing you can do against Munhoz – and the Brazilian locked up his go-to finishing move: the guillotine choke. He rolled into mount and had Font tapping frantically a moment later. Munhoz has now won four straight since dropping a decision to Jimmie Rivera.
The Fight of the Night was locked up early on, as prelim welterweights Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos and Max Griffin tore into each other for three rounds. Both men were badly rocked multiple times in the 15-minute affair – Griffin was a moment from being finished at the end of the first – but both refused to go away. Despite nearly getting taken out in round one, Griffin came back to win round two on a tired dos Santos. But the Brazilian stormed back in the final frame to seal up the fight and take a unanimous decision. Both men leave Sao Paulo $50,000 richer for their efforts.
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