UFC Fight Night 119 medical suspensions: Headliner Lyoto Machida out 60 days

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Former UFC light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida must spend two months on the bench after a knockout loss to Derek Brunson at UFC Fight Night 119.

That’s according to medical suspensions today obtained by MMAjunkie from the Brazilian Athletic Commission of MMA (CABMMA), which regulated the event this past Saturday at Ibirapuera Gymnasium in Sao Paulo. The event aired on FS1 following prelims on FS2 and UFC Fight Pass.

Machida’s (22-8 MMA, 14-8 UFC) first-round knockout loss to Brunson (18-5 MMA, 9-3 UFC) left him at 1-4 in his past five outings.

Another serious suspension from the event was issued to bantamweight Marlon Vera, who could potentially be out six months if an X-ray validates an injury to his left foot. Vera (10-4-1 MMA, 4-3 UFC) suffered a unanimous-decision loss to slugger John Lineker (30-8 MMA, 11-3 UFC) on the FS1-televised main card.

All fighters from the card received a minimum suspension of 14 days with seven days of no contact during training. With the exception of Vera, CABMMA did not provide details on the nature of the fighters’ suspensions.

The full list of UFC Fight Night 119 medical suspensions, aside from the customary 14-day terms, include:

  • Lyoto Machida: suspended 60 days with 45 days no contact
  • Colby Covington: suspended 30 days with 21 days no contact
  • Demian Maia: suspended 45 days with 30 days no contact
  • Jack Hermansson: suspended 45 days with 30 days no contact
  • Marlon Vera: suspended 180 days or until left foot is cleared early by X-ray; regardless, suspended 30 days with 21 days no contact
  • Niko Price: suspended 45 days with 30 days no contact
  • Jared Gordon: suspended 45 days with 30 days no contact
  • Hacran Dias: suspended 45 days with 30 days no contact
  • Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos: suspended 45 days with 30 days no contact
  • Max Griffin: suspended 45 days with 30 days no contact
  • Christian Colombo: suspended 30 days with 21 days no contact

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: Jared Gordon dominates Hacran Dias in hostile territory

Jared Gordon had to take a few dozen fists to the face to wear down Hacran Dias. But his relentless pace paid off, leaving the Brazilian gasping for air.

After a tough first round, Gordon (14-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC) dominated Dias (23-6-1 MMA, 3-5 UFC)in deep waters to pick up a unanimous decision victory.

The lightweight 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.

The final scores were 29-26, 29-27 and 30-26 for Gordon, who took over midway through the second round as Dias struggled to recover. A constant barrage of attacks left Dias no time to recover, draining him to the point where his teammate, former featherweight champ Jose Aldo, needed to drag him back to his corner between the second and third rounds.

Dias found success early by ducking off the center line and firing back with his right hand. The only trouble was that none of his shots deterred Gordon from his advance. A generous cut opened over the American’s right eye wouldn’t do it.

Once Gordon was able to scramble against takedown attempts and remain on his feet, Dias was in no position to reject takedown attempts in return. Gordon poured on ground and pound as Dias flailed in a vain effort to evade punches and elbows.

The barrage grew so constant that in the third, after Gordon reversed a last-ditch takedown, the referee moved in and touched the fighters, a clear signal to stop the fight. But the official then changed his mind, forcing an aggravated Gordon to continue his onslaught.

The botched call did nothing to change the final outcome, however, as Gordon picked up the unanimous call and his second UFC victory. Dias’ octagon slide continues with the Nova Uniao veteran now dropping three straight.

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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10 reasons to watch UFC-Sao Paulo with a pair of Brazilian legends atop the card

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On Saturday, the UFC visits Brazil for UFC Fight Night 119. The event marks the final time the promotion heads to the South American country in 2017.

The headlining bouts feature two Brazilian legends who look to hold off a pair of hungry American fighters. In the main event, former light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida returns from a long absence to face Derek Brunson in a middleweight scrap. In the co-headliner, former welterweight and middleweight title challenger Demian Maia meets the brash and confident Colby Covington at 170 pounds.

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

Here are 10 reasons to watch the event.

1. A former champ returns

The last time Machida stepped into the octagon, Yoel Romero knocked him out. That fight happened more than two years ago. Machida was then booked against Dan Henderson in April 2016. He was pulled from that contest days before the event after he informed the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency he had used a banned substance, 7-keto-dehydroepiandrosterone (7‐keto-DHEA), a hormonal supplement. That disclosure earned Machida an 18-month suspension. At the time, the Brazilian fighter was ranked No. 8 in the middleweight division.

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Despite his long absence, the former light heavyweight champion is currently ranked No. 11 at 185 pounds, according to the most recent USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA middleweight rankings. Machida (22-7 MMA, 14-7 UFC) faces No. 10 Brunson (17-5 MMA, 8-3 UFC) in his return bout. Brunson scored a knockout win over Dan Kelly in his most recent outing.

If Machida hopes to return to the top of the division, he needs to make a statement in Brazil. At 39, he’s older than all but two of the fighters ranked above him at middleweight.

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2. Talk the talk

Colby Covington has been outspoken of late. The No. 9 welterweight recently implied No. 5 Maia is merely a stepping stone toward his ultimate goal: welterweight champion Tyron Woodley.

“I’m out to set out that I’m the best fighter in the world and that’s exactly what I’m going to do (Saturday) when I retire Demian Maia in his home city of Sao Paulo, Brazil,” Covington told MMAjunkie Radio. “He’s going to be looking for a new job, maybe at a cell phone kiosk in the mall.”

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Covington (12-1 MMA, 7-1 UFC) has won his past four fights. Maia (25-7 MMA, 19-7 UFC) enters this bout on the heels of a title fight decision loss to Woodley. The defeat ended Maia’s seven-fight winning streak.

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3. Making strides

Since losing to John Lineker in 2016, Rob Font has looked excellent. His confidence seems to grow each time he steps into the octagon, as does his skill set. Font throws sweet striking combinations. He never seems to stop moving on his feet, and when the contest hits the ground, he’s very good with his transitions. Over the course of his five-fight UFC run, the former CES MMA featherweight champ has developed into a dark-horse contender in the bantamweight division.

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Pedro Munhoz will test Font in this tilt. Munhoz, an honorable mention selection in the rankings, might not be as well-rounded as Font. But he is a dangerous grappler. If Font (14-2 MMA, 4-1 UFC) makes one mistake, he could find himself in a guillotine choke, a submission that earned Munhoz (14-2-1 MMA, 4-2-1 UFC), the former RFA bantamweight kingpin, two consecutive “Performance of the Night” bonuses in 2016.

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4. Bleed with me

In early September, Jim Miller put out a plea on Twitter. “STILL trying to get a fight. Never thought I’d have to beg someone to bleed with me,” Miller wrote. The New Jersey native, 26 fights deep into his UFC career wanted to fight someone – anyone – at lightweight or welterweight, anywhere in the world except New York.

The UFC granted Miller his wish. The promotion matched him against Brazilian competitor Francisco Trinaldo at lightweight.

The fight marks the second time Miller has fought outside North America, the first was his UFC debut, where he earned “Submission of the Night” honors after defeating David Baron at UFC 89 in England.

Miller (28-10 MMA, 17-9 UFC) has lost his past two fights. He’s never dropped three in a row. Trinaldo (21-5 MMA, 11-4 UFC) also lost his most recent outing. He’s never lost two consecutive contests. Barring a draw, one of these fighters will march into uncharted territory in Brazil.

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5. Striker vs. striker

Jack Hermansson earned two first-round TKO victories in his two most recent bouts. Both of those stoppages came via ground strikes.

“I have the best ground-and-pound in the world and there’s nobody that can survive being on the bottom with me,” Hermansson said after his August win over Brad Scott.

At UFC Fight Night 119 he gets the opportunity to put his striking game to the test against Thiago “Marreta” Santos, who also has TKO wins in his two most recent outings.

Hermansson (16-3 MMA, 3-1 UFC) might not get the chance to display his ground prowess in this bout. Santos (15-5 MMA, 7-4 UFC) has defended 69 percent of his opponent’s takedown attempts. But Hermansson landed a takedown in each of his past two fights, and those takedowns led to finishes.

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6. Coming back from a bad break

John Lineker racked up 37 fights in a little more than eight years. At UFC Fight Night 119 he returns after a layoff of nearly 10 months to face Marlon Vera.

T.J. Dillashaw was responsible for Linker’s layoff. The former champ broke the Brazilian fighter’s jaw at UFC 207. Adding insult to injury, Dillashaw swept his opponent on the scorecards. The loss ended Lineker’s six-fight winning streak.

While the No. 8 ranked Linker (29-8 MMA, 10-3 UFC) was on the mend, Vera (10-3-1 MMA, 4-2 UFC) won two fights by stoppage. Those victories earned him a shot at his first ranked opponent.

Vera is very effective at keeping his opponents at bay with his kicks. He’d be wise to implement that game plan against the heavy-handed Lineker, who has 13 career knockouts to his name.

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7. Still unbeaten

When Niko Price made his UFC debut in 2016, he was a perfect 8-0. Seven of those wins came via stoppage. All of those fights were with Florida’s Fight Time Promotions. The question facing Price was, how would his regional success translate to the UFC’s welterweight division? It turns out it translated just fine.

Three fights into his UFC run, Price remains unbeaten and still only has one decision on his record. In his most recent bout, Price earned a TKO win over Alan Jouban. He also scored his first fight-night bonus award, which on a card with seven first-round finishes, was noteworthy.

Price (11-0 MMA, 3-0 UFC) puts his unbeaten streak on the line against Vicente Luque. Luque (11-6-1 MMA, 4-2 UFC) might not have an unblemished record, but he does tend to wrap things up early, going the distance just five times in his 18-fight career. Luque dropped a decision to Leon Edwards in his most recent bout. The loss brought an end to his run of four straight stoppage victories.

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8. A heavy weight

Former Cage Fury featherweight champion Jared Gordon was impressive in his UFC debut. In that contest, he used pressure, volume and a fast pace to take out Michel Quinones via second-round TKO. The only mark against Gordon was he came in three pounds overweight.

After his win, Gordon predicted a bright future.

“In the end of 2017, if everything goes well and I’m healthy, I see myself fighting a top-10 guy, and then 2018, 2019, winning the belt,” Gordon told MMAjunkie.

Gordon (13-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) gets another shot at featherweight against Hacran Dias. Dias (23-5-1 MMA, 3-4 UFC) also missed weight before his most recent fight when he came in 2.5 pounds heavy. Dias lost that scrap to Andre Fili via unanimous decision.

9. Looking for a finish

Before he signed with the UFC, Max Griffin captured titles in three of his four previous fights. The 31-year-old fighter claimed the Tachi Palace Welterweight title and both the West Coast Fighting Championship welterweight and middleweight titles.

In his first UFC bout, Griffin lost to Colby Covington via third-round TKO. In his second fight with the promotion, Griffin stopped Erick Montano in 54 seconds. After that win, his confidence was high.

“When I’m focused, I can take anyone out with one punch,” Griffin said. “I was going for the finish and it could happen at any moment. That’s what I’m going for, any second I want the finish. I don’t plan to go to decision, I plan to take the guy out.”

Those words should make fans happy ahead of UFC Fight Night 119. Griffin’s (13-3 MMA, 1-1 UFC) opponent in this welterweight fight, Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos is also a finisher, with 12 knockout wins to his name. Dos Santos (17-5 MMA, 2-2 UFC) enters this contest with a “Fight of the Night” split decision win over Lyman Good in his most recent outing.

10. Battle of the unbeatens

Two unbeaten and confident flyweights open the card. Deiveson Alcantara has 11 stoppages in his 12 career victories. Jarred Brooks has finished 11 of his 13 fights early. This matchup is the second UFC fight for both competitors.

Of the two, Brooks (13-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) has been more vocal about his goals. After his split decision win over Eric Shelton in July, he voiced displeasure in his performance, putting some of the blame on octagon jitters. He followed up with the brash claim that he was going to “take over the (expletive) division.”

Alcantara (12-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) let his performance in the cage do the talking for him during his UFC debut. He showed some decent striking and a solid ground game in his June TKO win over Marco Beltran.

In a division desperately in need of new blood, a win in this fight could be significant.

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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3 bouts featuring Brazilian fighters official for UFC Fight Night 119 in Sao Paulo

With Hacran Dias, Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos and Luan Chagas, the UFC has officially added three Brazilian faces to its next Brazilian outing.

UFC Fight Night 119 takes place Oct. 28 at Ibirapuera Gymnasium in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and airs on FS1 following prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

Dias (23-5-1 MMA, 3-4 UFC) meets fellow featherweight Jared Gordon (13-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC). The Brazilian looks to get back on the winning path after back-to-back losses to Cub Swanson and Andre Fili. “Flash” Gordon, in turn, looks to add a fifth win to his current victorious streak – capped off by an impressive UFC debut over Michel Quinones in June.

Dos Santos (17-5 MMA, 2-2 UFC) comes off a three-fight streak into a welterweight battle with Max Griffin (13-3 MMA, 1-1 UFC). After a loss in his UFC debut, the Brazilian beat Omari Akhmedov, Keita Nakamura and, more recently, earned a “Fight of the Night” bonus for his three-round war with Lyman Good. Griffin, in turn, has recovered from a loss to Colby Covington in his own promotional debut with a TKO victory over Erick Montano last November.

Lastly, Niko Price (11-0 MMA, 3-0 UFC) looks to keep his pro record perfect in a welterweight meeting with Chagas (15-2-1 MMA, 1-1-1 UFC). Price, who had been angling for a UFC 217 spot, scored his career’s biggest win at UFC Fight Night 114 in August – when he knocked out seasoned vet Alan Jouban. On his end, Chagas looks to keep the momentum going after getting his first UFC win, against Jim Wallhead, in June.

The latest UFC Fight Night 119 card now includes:

  • Lyoto Machida vs. Derek Brunson
  • Colby Covington vs. Demian Maia
  • Jarred Brooks vs. Deiveson Figueiredo
  • Augusto Mendes vs. Boston Salmon
  • Christian Colombo vs. Carlos Felipe
  • Antonio Carlos Junior vs. Jack Marshman
  • Jack Hermansson vs. Thiago “Marreta” Santos
  • Rob Font vs. Pedro Munhoz
  • Hacran Dias vs. Jared Gordon
  • Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos vs. Max Griffin
  • Niko Price vs. Luan Chagas

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

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Source: MMA Junkie