Sean Shelby's Shoes: What's next for Dustin Poirier and UFC Fight Night 120's other winning fighters?

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UFC Fight Night 120 was touted as one of the most stacked non-pay-per-view and non-FOX cards this year, and in the end, the six-fight main card largely delivered at Ted Constant Convocations Center in Norfolk, Va.

Headliner Dustin Poirier (22-5 MMA, 14-4 UFC) pulled off the crowning performance of the card when he beat former UFC champ Anthony Pettis (20-7 MMA, 7-6 UFC) by third-round stoppage in the FS1-televised bout, continuing his solid run in the 155-pound division.

Elsewhere on the card, Matt Brown (21-16 MMA, 14-10 UFC), Andrei Arlovski (26-15 MMA, 15-9 UFC), Cezar Ferreira (12-6 MMA, 8-4 UFC), Raphael Assuncao (26-5 MMA, 10-2 UFC) and Clay Guida (34-17 MMA, 14-11 UFC) earned victories that ranged from total domination to scorecard squeakers.

After every event, fans wonder whom the winners will be matched up with next. And with another night of UFC action in the rearview mirror, it’s time to look forward, put on a pair of Sean Shelby and Mick Maynard’s shoes, and play UFC matchmaker for UFC Fight Night 120’s winning fighters.

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Clay Guida

Joseph Duffy

Should fight: Joseph Duffy
Why they should fight: Guida’s return to the UFC lightweight division is proving to be a good one after he moved to 2-0 with a victory over fellow UFC veteran Joe Lauzon.

Despite spending a decade together under the UFC banner, Guida and Lauzon had never crossed paths. When it finally happened, “The Carpenter” pulled off a first-round TKO victory over Lauzon to continue his revival in the 155-pound division.

Guida said his stint in the featherweight division was only to provide “star power” to the weight class, but he admitted lightweight is best for him. He believes he can do big things, but at 35 and with more than 50 pro fights, it remains to be seen how far he can go.

If Guida can consistently rack up wins like he did against Lauzon, he’ll have a place on the UFC roster for as long as he wants. He’s going to get challenging competition every time out, though, and Duffy (16-3 MMA, 4-2 UFC) is a very dangerous fighter.

Duffy is coming off a TKO loss to James Vick at UFC 217 this month and will surely be looking to rebound as quickly as possible. Guida represents a solid name for the Irishman, and Duffy would be a solid win for Guida.

Raphael Assuncao

Cody Garbrandt

Should fight: Cody Garbrandt
Why they should fight: Assuncao emerged victorious in a high-risk fight against an up-and-coming bantamweight when he picked up a brutal third-round knockout of Matthew Lopez.

Lopez came into the fight looking to threaten Assuncao’s status as an established top-five fighter in the 135-pound division. The Brazilian denied that possibility, though, and improved to a ridiculous 10-1 in his past 11 UFC appearances.

There’s good and bad for Assuncao at this point. He owns a victory over newly crowned UFC bantamweight champ T.J. Dillashaw, but he also has a loss to the currently titleholder in their rematch at UFC 200 in July 2016. A trilogy could always happen if the circumstances are right, but at this point, it’s obvious the UFC isn’t eager to push Assuncao into a title shot.

That leaves him in the undesirable position of fighting top opponents until he loses again or wins to the point he can’t be denied. He’ll surely want the latter, and that means taking on the next best available challenge. At this point, recently dethroned champ Garbrandt (11-1 MMA, 6-1 UFC) would be his best way to make a statement.

Cezar Ferreira

Antonio Carlos Junior

Should fight: Antonio Carlos Junior
Why they should fight: Ferreira’s return to the middleweight division has been largely successful. He improved to 4-1 since returning to the weight class after scoring a split-decision victory over tough veteran and former Strikeforce champion Nate Marquardt.

“The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil” winner had had some ups and downs in his UFC tenure, but his form is consistently improving. He caught a version of Marquardt wh’os in the twilight of his career, but beating “The Great” is still a somewhat meaningful accomplishment.

Ferreira has fallen short against his most notable opponents in the past, but against Marquardt, he came through. He needs a solid test at this point, and when it comes to 185-pound fighters on the rise, Carlos Junior (9-2 MMA, 6-2 UFC) looks pretty good.

Carlos Junior is another “TUF: Brazil” winner who is on a four-fight winning streak, which includes a recent submission win over Jack Marshman at UFC Fight Night 119. A matchup between the two reality-show winners is a solid enough narrative, and the fact their skills match up well only makes things better.

Andrei Arlovski

Curtis Blaydes

Should fight: Curtis Blaydes
Why they should fight: Just when Arlovski appeared to be written off for good in the UFC heavyweight division, the former champ rebounded with a crucial victory against Brazilian prospect Junior Albini.

It’s been a rough road for Arlovski in recent years. However, he managed to snap a brutal five-fight losing skid when he picked up a unanimous-decision win over Albini to return to the win column for the first time since September 2015.

Regardless of whether anyone has objections over Arlovski still fighting at this point, the 38-year-old is determined to keep going, even if he has to fight unheralded opponents in the heavyweight division.

That’s a useful item to have for UFC matchmakers, and they will likely continue to use Arlovski as a measuring stick for rising talent. Albini was unable to pass, but perhaps Blaydes (8-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC), who’s another fighter with growing momentum, would have something else to offer “The Pitbull.”

Matt Brown

Should fight: No one
Why: Although Brown has already walked back the possibility of a guaranteed retirement, a brutal knockout of Diego Sanchez seems like a solid way to ride off into the sunset for “The Immortal.”

Brown originally announced his bout with Sanchez would mark his retirement. However, he slowed those conversations ahead of fight night. Even with the first-round knockout of “The Ultimate Fighter 1” winner, it’s still an option worth considering, and Brown seems like he’s going to take some time off to make that decision.

With 24 UFC fights under his belt and at age 36, Brown has gone through the ringer inside the octagon. Every fighter who retires appears to have some measure of reluctance, but for Brown, there’s not much more to prove.

He said a hiatus from competition is coming and that it’s just a matter of whether it sticks. Only time will tell, but regardless of which way it goes, it seems Brown won’t be fighting anytime soon, and for that reason, speculating on matchmaking possibilities is a useless endeavor.

Dustin Poirier

Should fight: Winner of Eddie Alvarez vs. Justin Gaethje at UFC 218
Why they should fight: Watch the video above to see why Poirier should fight the winner of the UFC 218 bout between Alvarez (28-5 MMA, 3-2 UFC) and Gaethje (18-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) next.

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 120, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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UFC Fight Night 119 post-event facts: Is this the end of Lyoto Machida?

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Derek Brunson pulled off yet another remarkable first-round knockout on Saturday when in the UFC Fight Night 119 headliner he became the fastest to ever defeat former UFC champion Lyoto Machida.

Brunson (18-5 MMA, 9-3 UFC) used his dangerous left hand to set up a quick finish of Machida (22-8 MMA, 14-8 UFC) in the FS1-televised middleweight headliner at Ibirapuera Gymnasium in Sao Paulo. Prelims aired on FS2 and UFC Fight Pass.

As a result, “The One” is becoming a fixture in the UFC 185-pound record books.

The UFC’s sixth stop in Sao Paulo saw Brazilian fighters win nine of 12 bouts. For more on the numbers behind the card, check below for 55 post-event facts about UFC Fight Night 119.

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General

Brazilian fighters fell to 3-7 main event fights on home soil dating back to December 2014.

The UFC-Reebok Athlete Outfitting payout for the event totaled $170,000.

Debuting fighters went 0-1 at the event.

Brunson, Pedro Munhoz, Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos and Max Griffin earned $50,000 UFC Fight Night 119 fight-night bonuses.

UFC Fight Night 119 drew an announced attendance of 10,265. No live gate was disclosed for the event.

Betting favorites went 8-3 on the card. One fight had even odds.

Total fight time for the 12-bout card was 1:57:18.

Main card

Brunson’s nine UFC victories since 2012 in middleweight competition are tied with Brad Tavares for most in the division.

Brunson has earned seven of his nine UFC victories by stoppage.

Brunson’s seven UFC stoppage victories since 2012 in middleweight competition are tied for most in the division.

Brunson’s seven first-round stoppage victories in UFC middleweight competition are most in divisional history.

Machida fell to 5-7 in UFC main event fights.

Machida’s three-fight losing skid is the longest of his career. He hasn’t earned a victory since December 2014.

Machida fell to 3-4 since he dropped to the UFC middleweight division in October 2013.

Machida has suffered three of his four UFC middleweight losses by stoppage.

Colby Covington’s (13-1 MMA, 8-1 UFC) five-fight UFC winning streak in welterweight competition is the second longest active streak in the division behind Kamaru Usman (six).

Covington attempted no takedowns in a fight for the first time in his UFC career. He landed 41 takedowns combined in his previous eight UFC appearances.

Demian Maia (25-8 MMA, 19-8 UFC) fell to 10-4 since he dropped to the UFC welterweight division in July 2012.

Maia is a combined 0-for-35 on takedown attempts over his past two UFC appearances.

Maia has suffered seven of his eight UFC losses by decision.

Pedro Munhoz and Rob Font

Munhoz’s (15-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC) four-fight UFC winning streak in bantamweight competition is the third longest active streak in the division behind champ Cody Garbrandt (five) and Jimmie Rivera (five).

Munhoz has earned four of his five UFC victories by stoppage.

Munhoz’s three submission victories in UFC bantamweight competition are tied for second most in divisional history behind Urijah Faber (six).

Rob Font (14-3 MMA, 4-2 UFC) suffered the first submission loss of his career.

Francisco Trinaldo’s (22-5 MMA, 12-4 UFC) 11 victories since 2011 in UFC lightweight competition are tied with Donald Cerrone for most in the division.

Trinaldo has earned seven of his past nine victories by decision.

Jim Miller (28-11 MMA, 17-10 UFC) three-fight losing skid is the longest of his career. He hasn’t earned a victory since November 2016.

Miller fell to 4-7 in his past 11 UFC appearances.

Miller’s total fight time of 4:57:53 in UFC lightweight competition is most in divisional history.

Miller has suffered eight of his 11 career losses by decision.

Thiago “Marreta” Santos (16-5 MMA, 8-4 UFC) has earned seven of his eight UFC victories by knockout.

Santos’ seven knockout victories in UFC middleweight fights are tied with champ Michael Bisping and Chris Leben for second most in divisional history behind Anderson Silva (eight).

Thiago “Marreta” Santos

Santos’ seven knockouts since 2014 in UFC competition are tied for second most in the company behind Derrick Lewis (eight).

Jack Hermansson (16-4 MMA, 3-2 UFC) suffered the first knockout loss of his career.

John Lineker (30-8 MMA, 11-3 UFC) improved to 5-1 since he moved up to the UFC bantamweight division in September 2015.

Marlon Vera (10-4-1 MMA, 4-3 UFC) has suffered all four of his career losses by decision.

Preliminary card

Vicente Luque (12-6-1 MMA, 5-2 UFC) has earned 11 of his 12 career victories by stoppage. That includes all five of his UFC wins.

Luque’s five stoppage victories since 2015 in UFC competition are tied for second most in the company behind Lewis (six).

Luque’s two D’arce choke victories in UFC competition are tied with Dustin Poirier for second most in company history behind Tony Ferguson (three).

Niko Price (10-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC) had his 11-fight unbeaten streak snapped for the first defeat of his career.

Antonio Carlos Junior (9-2 MMA, 6-2 UFC) improved to 5-1 (with one no-contest) since he dropped to the UFC middleweight division in June 2015.

Carlos Junior’s four-fight UFC winning streak in middleweight competition is the third longest active streak in the division behind Robert Whittaker (seven) and Bisping (five).

Carlos Junior has earned all of his career stoppage victories by submission.

Jack Marshman (22-7 MMA, 2-2 UFC) suffered the first submission loss of his career.

Hacran Dias’ (23-6-1 MMA, 3-5 UFC) three-fight losing skid is the longest of his career. He hasn’t earned a victory since June 2015.

Dias has suffered all six of his career losses by decision.

Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos

Zaleski dos Santos’ (18-5 MMA, 4-1 UFC) four-fight UFC winning streak in welterweight competition is tied for the third longest active streak in the division behind Kamaru Usman (six) and Covington (five).

Dos Santos has earned three of his four UFC victories by decision.

Griffin (13-4 MMA, 1-2 UFC) has suffered three of his four career losses by decision.

Deiveson Figueiredo (13-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC) earned just the second decision victory of his career and first since May 1, 2014 – a span of 1,276 days (more than three years) and nine fights.

Jarred Brooks (13-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) had his 13-fight winning streak snapped for the first defeat of his career.

Marcelo Golm (5-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) has earned all of his career victories by stoppage.

Golm earned the first submission victory of his career.

Christian Colombo (8-3-1 MMA, 0-2-1 UFC) has suffered all three of his career losses by submission.

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 119, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

FightMetric research analyst and live statistics producer Michael Carroll contributed to this story. Follow him on Twitter @MJCflipdascript.

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He's a fan, but Antonio Carlos Junior wants Brazilian payback on ex-champ Chris Weidman

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SAO PAULO – Let’s not label it a callout. Antonio Carlos Junior just has his eye on a certain potential next opponent.

On Saturday at UFC Fight Night 119, Carlos Junior (9-2-1 MMA, 6-2 UFC) dominated middleweight Jack Marshman (22-7 MMA, 2-2 UFC) and picked up a first-round submission victory.

Following the preliminary-card bout, which aired on FS2 prior to the FS1-televised main card at Ibirapuera Gymnasium in Sao Paulo, Carlos Junior was asked about what’s next. After all, with four straight wins and a possible debut in the upcoming USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA middleweight rankings, the 27-year-old Brazilian’s prospects are looking promising, especially in light of his latest victory.

“I said before the interviews, man, I’m going to submit the guy – he’s never been submitted before – in the first round,” Carlos Junior said of Marshman. “And I just did it. So I’m really happy. I’m not even in my prime.”

Carlos Junior, who won “The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 3” as a heavyweight in 2014, said he’s just looking for challenges at this point in his promising 185-pound career, which includes three submission stoppages during his current four-fight winning streak. And what better challenge than a former middleweight champion like Chris Weidman (14-3 MMA, 10-3 UFC), who’s ranked No. 7?

“He’s a big name, and I’m a huge fan,” Carlos Junior said of Weidman. “It would be great to share the octagon with him. He’s beat a lot of Brazilians like Anderson Silva two times – the greatest of all-time. He beat Vitor Belfort. He beat Lyoto Machida. He beat Demian Maia. So it would be great to represent my country against him.”

Outside of the cage, Carlos Junior said he’s just looking forward to a November wedding, seeing some friends and family, and spending the holidays at home in Brazil after training the past few years at American Top Team in Florida. He’s anxious to get back to training and continue his current run of success, but first? A little break.

“I think I deserve it,” he said with a smile.

Check out the full interview above.

And for complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 119, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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UFC Fight Night 119 Athlete Outfitting pay: Program total passes $15 million mark

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SAO PAULO – Fighters from Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 119 event took home UFC Athlete Outfitting pay, a program that launched after the UFC’s deal with Reebok, totaling $170,000.

UFC Fight Night 119 took place at Ibirapuera Gymnasium in Sao Paulo. The card aired on FS1 following prelims on FS2 and UFC Fight Pass.

Leading the way were a number of individuals. Longtime octagon veterans Lyoto Machida (22-8 MMA, 14-8 UFC), Demian Maia (25-8 MMA, 19-8 UFC) and Jim Miller (28-11 MMA, 17-10 UFC) all earned maximum non-title-fight payouts of $20,000.

The full UFC Fight Night 119 UFC Athlete Outfitting payouts included:

Derek Brunson: $15,000
def. Lyoto Machida: $20,000

Colby Covington: $5,000
def. Demian Maia: $20,000

Pedro Munhoz: $5,000
def. Rob Font: $5,000

Francisco Trinaldo: $15,000
def. Jim Miller: $20,000

Thiago “Marreta” Santos: $10,000
def. Jack Hermansson: $2,500

John Lineker: $10,000
def. Marlon Vera: $5,000

Vicente Luque: $5,000
def. Niko Price: $2,500

Antonio Carlos Junior: $5,000
def. Jack Marshman: $2,500

Jared Gordon: $2,500
def. Hacran Dias: $5,000

Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos: $2,500
def. Max Griffin: $2,500

Deiveson Figueiredo: $2,500
def. Jarred Brooks: $2,500

Marcelo Golm: $2,500
def. Christian Colombo: $2,500

Under the UFC Athlete Outfitting program’s payout tiers, which appropriate the money generated by Reebok’s multi-year sponsorship with the UFC, fighters are paid based on their total number of UFC bouts, as well as Zuffa-era WEC fights (January 2007 and later) and Zuffa-era Strikeforce bouts (April 2011 and later). Fighters with 1-5 bouts receive $2,500 per appearance; 6-10 bouts get $5,000; 11-15 bouts earn $10,000; 16-20 bouts pocket $15,000; and 21 bouts and more get $20,000. Additionally, champions earn $40,000 while title challengers get $30,000.

In addition to experience-based pay, UFC fighters will receive in perpetuity royalty payments amounting to 20-30 percent of any UFC merchandise sold that bears their likeness, according to officials.

Full 2017 UFC-Reebok sponsorship payouts:

Year-to-date total: $4,762,500
2016 total: $7,138,000
2015 total: $3,185,000
Program-to-date total: $15,085,500

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 119, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Fight Tracks: The walkout songs of UFC Fight Night 119 with a stark 'Dragon' invoking 'Game of Thrones'

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While it takes intense training, world-class skills and maybe even a bit of luck to register a UFC win, picking the right song to accompany you to the cage is a key talent, as well.

See what the fighters of Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 119 in Sao Paulo went with as their backing tracks.

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Derek Brunson def. Lyoto Machida via knockout (punches) – Round 1, 2:30

Derek Brunson: “HUMBLE” by Kendrick Lamar

Lyoto Machida: “Game of Thrones” theme by Ramin Djawadi

Colby Covington def. Demian Maia via unanimous decision (29-27, 30-27, 30-26)

Colby Covington: “Amazing” by Kanye West feat. Young Jeezy

Demian Maia: “Numb” by Linkin Park

Pedro Munhoz def. Rob Font via submission (guillotine choke) – Round 1, 4:03

Pedro Munhoz: “Ambitionz az a Ridah” by Tupac

Rob Font: “Welcome to Jamrock” by Damian Marley

Francisco Trinaldo def. Jim Miller via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Francisco Trinaldo: “Can’t Be Touched” by Roy Jones Jr.

Jim Miller: “It’s a Long Way To the Top (If You Wanna Rock and Roll)” by AC/DC

Thiago “Marreta” Santos def. Jack Hermansson via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 4:59

Thiago “Marreta” Santos: “Marreta Da CCD Para O Mundo” by MC Isaac Saradhino

Jack Hermansson: “The Joker” by Damien feat. Terje Tylden

John Lineker def. Marlon Vera via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)

John Lineker: “Chega De Religiao” by Ultima Geracao

Marlon Vera: “Entourage” by Nick Lewis feat. Brandon J. Walker
Vicente Luque def. Niko Price via submission (D’arce choke) – Round 2, 4:08

Vicente Luque: “Baby Baby” by Tropkillaz

Niko Price: “Coming Home” by Diddy Dirty Money feat. Skylar Grey

Antonio Carlos Junior def. Jack Marshman via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1

Antonio Carlos Junior: “Let’s Twist Again” by Chubby Checker

Jack Marshman: “Tick Tock” by Giggs

Jared Gordon Gordon def. Hacran Dias via unanimous decision (29-26, 29-27, 30-26)

Jared Gordon: “Flash” by Queen

Hacran Dias: “Last Breath” by Future

Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos def. Max Griffin via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-27, 29-28)

Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos: “The Final Countdown” by Europe

Max Griffin: “Sucker For Pain” by Lil’ Wayne, Wiz Khalifa & Imagine Dragons

Deiveson Figueiredo def. Jarred Brooks via split decision (27-30, 29-28, 29-28)

Deiveson Figueiredo: “Follow U (Xilent Remix)” by Yogi feat. Ayah Marar

Jarred Brooks: “Me de Amor” by Sango

Marcelo Golm def. Christian Colombo via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 2:08

Marcelo Golm: “Close My Eyes” by Tupac

Christian Colombo: “Godzilla” by Blue Oyster Cult

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 119, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

The Blue Corner is MMAjunkie‘s official blog and is edited by Mike Bohn.

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UFC Fight Night 119 video highlights: Antonio Carlos Junior vs. Jack Marshman

Antonio Carlos Junior is on quite a solid run at middleweight.

Junior (9-2-1 MMA, 6-2 UFC) finished Jack Marshman (22-7 MMA, 2-2 UFC) in a big way when he tapped him with a rear-naked choke with 30 seconds left in the first round. The win was his fourth straight with three by stoppgae.

Check out the video highlights above.

The middleweight bout was part of the preliminary card of Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 119 card at Ibirapuera Gymnasium in Sao Paulo. The main card aired on FS1 following prelims on FS2 and UFC Fight Pass.

Check out the highlights above.

Also see:

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 119, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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UFC Fight Night 119 results: Antonio Carlos Junior smothers, then chokes out Jack Marshman

Antonio Carlos Junior took Jack Marshman about one step at a time.

From sharp counter-punching to a smooth takedown to methodical ground control, Carlos Junior (9-2-1 MMA, 6-2 UFC) was in control every step of the way, right up until he slapped a rear-naked choke on Marshman (22-7 MMA, 2-2 UFC) and forced the tap at the 4:30 mark of Round 1.

The middleweight bout was part of the preliminary card of today’s UFC Fight Night 119 event at Ibirapuera Gymnasium in Sao Paulo. It aired on FS2 following additional prelims on UFC Fight Pass and ahead of a main card on FS1.

After trading some blows on the feet in the early going, Carlos Junior easily tripped Marshman to the floor and then went to work with a patient, yet insistent ground attack.

Moving to full mount, Carlos Junior rained punches down as Marshman struggled to free himself, and the punishment eventually forced him to give up his back as he sought shelter from the blows.

That was all the invitation that Carlos Junior needed to slide the choke on and squeeze for the finish, forcing Marshman to submit with 30 seconds left in the opening round.

Carlos Junior has now won four straight in the UFC. Marshman has lost two of his last three.

Up-to-the-minute UFC Fight Night 119 results include:

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 119, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

(MMAjunkie’s John Morgan and Fernanda Prates contributed to this report on site in Sao Paulo.)

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After a 10-year army stint, takes more than boos to faze UFC-Sao Paulo's Jack Marshman

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SAO PAULO – When Jack Marshman fights Antonio Carlos Junior on Saturday, he knows he’ll also be facing his most hostile crowd yet.

But it’s going to take a lot more than that to faze the middleweight.

With a mere three-hour difference from his home, Marshman (22-6 MMA, 2-1 UFC) is not too worried about Brazil’s time. Nor is he concerned about the local food or the fact he’s coming into the bout a big underdog. In fact, whether it’s in a parking lot or in front of 30,000 people, nothing changes one simple fact: It’s only him and Junior (8-2-1 MMA, 5-2 UFC) inside the cage.

And even that doesn’t seem like such a big concern.

“I’ve done a lot more things in my life than having to worry about fighting in front of a group of people booing, really,” Marshman told MMAjunkie ahead of UFC Fight Night 119, which takes place at Ibirapuera Stadium in Sao Paulo. “So it’s not going to make a difference to me.”

It’s easy to see where Marshman is coming from when, among those “lot more things,” sits an almost decade-long stretch in the army that included stints in Afghanistan. Marshman, in fact, is still serving as a paratrooper – though, recently, he’s been getting more lenient hours to focus on his octagon career.

As for how that type of experience has translated to the cage? Well, Marshman explains, just watch any of his old fights.

“My mental toughness is – I’ll win a fight and I’ll look like I’ve been hit by a bus every time,” Marshman said. “I know that, but that’s the way I fight. That’s probably a lot do do with the army and all the things I’ve been through with them. I’m not really fazed by any situation.”

Right now, the situation is his FS2-televised preliminary card meeting with Junior. A “The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 3” heavyweight winner, the Brazilian has recovered from an inconsistent early UFC run with three consecutive wins. While he’s shown improved striking, the black belt is mostly known for his grappling.

Marshman isn’t exactly in a slump himself, having most recently bounced back from his sole UFC loss, a knockout to Thiago Santos, with a decision over Ryan Janes. Overall, he’s won eight of his past nine bouts – including a knockout over Christopher Jacquelin that earned him the vacant Cage Warriors middleweight belt.

All in all, Marshman isn’t too worried about Junior’s ground game. After all, he says, he has seen fighters like judoka Daniel Kelly getting the better of Junior on top once he got tired. Not to mention that, as he heads into his 39th professional MMA bout, Marshman has never once lost via submission.

Still, Marshman explains, it’s “one of those things.”

“Obviously I ain’t stupid, I realize the level of opponent I’m grappling with,” Marshman said. “But I think if I can get him tired – I ain’t scared to go anywhere, with anyone. But we all know what I’m looking to try to do to him and what he’s looking to try to do to me.”

As unbothered as Marshman might seem when it comes to what happens outside the cage, that’s not entirely true. As the UFC’s first Welsh fighter – though no longer the only one, after the addition of Brett Johns – he does take it upon himself to carry that flag.

So, while he’s not wasting too much time thinking about possible matchups and his ascent up the rankings, he does have one thing he’d like to see happening.

“I’m really proud,” Marshman said. “I’m massively proud. I’m very proud of my army background and I’m probably more proud of the Welsh thing. Because we’re a small nation and all of a sudden we’ve got three guys in the UFC, we’ve got a couple more coming through that are looking really good.

“You’ll see from social media and stuff, how much they get behind us. That’s why I’d love the UFC to come to Wales.”

To hear from Marshman, check out the video above.

And for more on UFC Fight Night 119, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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UFC Fight Night 119 pre-event facts: Jim Miller sets a major UFC record

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The UFC makes its final stop in Brazil this year with Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 119 event, which takes place at Ibirapuera Gymnasium in Sao Paulo with a main card on FS1 following prelims on FS2 and UFC Fight Pass.

A middleweight fight heads a fairly deep lineup. In the main event, Derek Brunson (17-5 MMA, 8-3 UFC) welcomes former UFC champion Lyoto Machida (22-7 MMA, 14-7 UFC) back to the octagon after more than two years away, while several other notables are also scheduled to compete.

For more on the numbers behind the UFC’s next fight card, check below for 60 pre-event facts about UFC Fight Night 119.

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Main event

Brunson’s eight UFC victories since 2012 in middleweight competition are tied for second most in the division behind Brad Tavares (nine).

Brunson has earned six of his eight UFC victories by stoppage.

Brunson’s six first-round stoppage victories in UFC middleweight competition are most in divisional history.

Brunson’s six UFC stoppage victories since 2012 in middleweight competition are tied for most in the division.

Brunson is one of five fighters in modern UFC history to register both a knockout and submission victory in less than one minute each. Joe Lauzon, Ronda Rousey, Tom Lawlor and Andrei Arlovski also accomplished the feat.

Brunson is 0-4 against fighters who have held or competed in a UFC/Strikeforce title fight.

Machida returns to competition for the first time since June 27, 2015. The 854-day layoff is the longest of his more than 14-year career.

Machida competes in his 12th UFC main event. He’s 5-6 in his previous headliners.

Machida is 3-3 since he dropped to the UFC middleweight division in October 2013.

Machida is the only fighter in UFC history to absorb zero strikes in two main events. He accomplished the feat against C.B. Dollaway at UFC Fight Night 58 and Mark Munoz at UFC Fight Night 31.

Machida has earned nine career victories against fighters who once held a UFC, Bellator, Strikeforce or PRIDE title.

Machida’s 13 knockdowns landed in UFC competition are tied for fifth most in company history behind Anderson Silva (17), Jeremy Stephens (16), Chuck Liddell (14) and Donald Cerrone (14).

Machida has earned a fight-night bonus in four of his past six UFC appearances.

Co-main event

Demian Maia (25-7 MMA, 19-7 UFC), 39, is the oldest of the 24 fighters scheduled to compete at the event.

Maia’s 19 victories in UFC competition are tied with Cerrone and Georges St-Pierre for second most in UFC history behind Michael Bisping (20).

Maia’s 19 victories in UFC competition are the most of any Brazilian fighter in company history.

Maia is 10-3 since he dropped to the UFC welterweight division in July 2012.

Maia’s nine submission victories in UFC competition are tied with Nate Diaz and Charles Oliveira for second most in company history behind Royce Gracie (10).

Maia’s six submission victories via rear-naked choke in UFC competition are second most in company history behind Kenny Florian (seven).

Maia is 19-2 in UFC bouts in which he completes at least one takedown. He’s completed at least one takedown against 21 of his 26 UFC opponents.

Maia was unsuccessful on all 21 of his takedown attempts against champ Tyron Woodley at UFC 214, the second worst title-fight output in UFC history behind Diego Sanchez’s 0-for-27 effort against B.J. Penn at UFC 107.

Maia completed just two of 22 takedown attempts in his unanimous-decision loss to Rory MacDonald at UFC 170. Those 22 takedown attempts were the most in a single UFC welterweight bout.

Colby Covington’s (12-1 MMA, 7-1 UFC) four-fight UFC winning streak in welterweight competition is tied for the second longest active streak in the division behind Kamaru Usman (six).

Covington absorbs 1.4 significant strikes per minute in UFC welterweight competition, the best rate among active fighters in the weight class.

Covington has completed 41 takedowns in eight UFC appearances.

Covington’s 41 takedowns landed in UFC welterweight competition are most among active fighters in the weight class.

Covington lands 7 takedowns per 15 minutes of fighting in UFC competition, the highest rate in company history.

Covington’s 12 takedowns landed at UFC on FOX 22 are tied for the second most in a single UFC welterweight fight. Luigi Fioravanti holds the record with 13 at UFC 82.

Remaining main card

Pedro Munhoz’s (14-2 MMA, 4-2 UFC) three-fight UFC winning streak in bantamweight competition is tied for the third longest active streak in the division behind Cody Garbrandt (five) and Jimmie Rivera (five).

Rob Font (14-2 MMA, 4-1 UFC) has earned all four of his UFC victories by stoppage.

Francisco Trinaldo (21-5 MMA, 11-4 UFC) is one of six fighters in UFC history to earn two arm-triangle-choke victories. He’s one of only three fighters to earn the submission from half-guard.

Jim Miller (28-10 MMA, 17-9 UFC) competes in his 28th UFC bout, the most appearances in company history.

Miller competes in his 27th UFC lightweight bout, tied with Gleison Tibau for most in divisional history.

Miller’s total fight time of 4:42:53 in UFC lightweight competition is second most in divisional history behind Tibau (4:45:33).

Miller’s 16 victories in UFC lightweight competition are tied with Tibau for most in divisional history.

Miller’s nine stoppage victories in UFC lightweight competition are tied for second most in divisional history behind Joe Lauzon (12).

Miller’s six submission victories in UFC lightweight competition are tied for third most in divisional history behind Lauzon (seven) and Diaz (seven).

Miller’s 39 submission attempts in UFC competition are the most in company history.

Thiago “Marreta” Santos (15-5 MMA, 7-4 UFC) has earned six of his seven UFC victories by knockout.

Santos’ six knockout victories in UFC middleweight competition are tied for fourth most in divisional history behind A. Silva (eight), Bisping (seven) and Chris Leben (seven).

Santos is one of four fighters in UFC history to earn two sub-one-minute knockout victories in middleweight competition.

Jack Hermansson (16-3 MMA, 3-1 UFC) has earned 13 of his 16 career victories by stoppage.

Hermansson has earned both of his UFC stoppage victories by first-round knockout.

John Lineker (29-8 MMA, 10-3 UFC) is 4-1 since he moved up to the UFC bantamweight division in September 2015.

Lineker has landed 10 knockdowns in UFC competition, but he’s never been knocked down, himself.

Lineker is one of three fighters in UFC history to score three knockdowns in two different fights. A. Silva and Conor McGregor also accomplished the feat.

Lineker’s seven knockdowns landed in UFC flyweight competition are most in divisional history.

Lineker and Francisco Rivera’s 100 combined strike attempts at UFC 191 are the most in UFC history for any fight to last a half round or less.

Lineker has missed weight ahead of five UFC fights, the most in company history.

Preliminary card

Vicente Luque (11-6-1 MMA, 4-2 UFC) has earned 10 of his 11 career victories by stoppage. That includes all four of his UFC wins.

Luque is one of six welterweights in UFC history to earn four consecutive stoppage victories.

Luque is one of nine fighters in UFC history to earn a submission victory by anaconda choke. He accomplished the feat at UFC on FOX 17.

Niko Price (10-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC) has earned nine of his 10 career victories by stoppage. That includes both of his UFC wins.

Antonio Carlos Junior (8-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC) is 4-1 with one no-contest since he dropped to the UFC middleweight division in June 2015.

Carlos Junior’s three-fight UFC winning streak in middleweight competition is tied for the third longest active streak in the division behind interim champ Robert Whittaker (seven) and current champ Bisping (five).

Carlos Junior absorbs just 1.55 significant strikes per minute in UFC middleweight competition, tied for the best rate among active fighters in the weight class.

Carlos Junior’s submission at the 4:46 mark of Round 3 at UFC Fight Night 94 stands as the second-latest finish in a three-round UFC middleweight fight. Garreth McLellan holds the record for his win at the 4:58 mark of Round 3 at UFC Fight Night 76.

Carlos Junior has earned six of his eight career victories by submission.

Hacran Dias (23-4-1 MMA, 3-3 UFC) has fought to a decision in all seven of his UFC appearances.

Jarred Brooks (13-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC), 24, is the youngest of the 24 fighters scheduled to compete at the event.

For more on UFC Fight Night 119, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

FightMetric research analyst and live statistics producer Michael Carroll contributed to this story. Follow him on Twitter @MJCflipdascript.

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UFC Fight Night 119 additions include 'The Joker,' 'Cara de Sapato,' 'Godzilla' and 'Boi'

The UFC’s October return to Brazil includes two new matchups and four colorful nicknames.

UFC officials recently announced the addition of middleweights Antonio Carlos Junior (8-2-1 MMA, 5-2 UFC) vs. Jack Hermansson (16-3 MMA, 3-1 UFC) and Christian Colombo vs. Carlos Felipe to the Oct. 28 event, which airs on FS1 from Ibirapuera Gymnasium in Sao Paulo.

“Cara de Sapato” Carlos Junior, the heavyweight winner of “The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 3,” struggled with mixed results on his way down to the middleweight division. However, he has since rattled off three consecutive victories over Eric Spicely, Marvin Vettori and Leonardo Augusto Guimaraes. He now faces “The Joker” Hermansson, who currently stands at an impressive 11-1 in his past 12 appearances, including three wins in his first four UFC appearances.

Denmark’s Colombo (8-2-1 MMA, 0-1-1 UFC), known as “Godzilla,” seeks his first UFC win in his third UFC contest. The 6-foot-5 fighter settled for a majority draw in his UFC debut against Jarjis Danho before being submitted by Luis”KLB” Henrique. He meets Brazilian newcomer “Boi” Felipe, 22, who made his UFC debut in November 2014 and has scored six knockouts in his eight career wins to date.

With the additions to the card, UFC Fight Night 119 now includes:

  • Lyoto Machida vs. Derek Brunson
  • Misha Cirkunov vs. Glover Teixeira
  • Colby Covington vs. Demian Maia
  • Deiveson Alcantara vs. Jarred Brooks
  • Antonio Carlos Junior vs. Jack Hermansson
  • Augusto Mendes vs. Boston Salmon
  • Christian Colombo vs. Carlos Felipe

For more on UFC Fight Night 119, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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