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-Sao Paulo winner Thiago 'Marreta' Santos feels he's on the rise, wants Derek Brunson next

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SAO PAULO – After what would have been his first UFC main event fell through, Thiago Santos says he was given two options.

He could wait for yet another headlining spot, or he could take a fight a week after his original appointment.

The choice was simple: He wanted to fight. So “Marreta” Santos, who’s currently the No. 15 fighter in the official UFC rankings, ended up paired with Jack Hermansson at UFC Fight Night 119. Coming off two TKO wins in a row, Hermansson offered a high-risk scenario. As dangerous as he was, beating Hermansson wouldn’t do much for Santos in the rankings.

Still, Santos said yes as he’s been known to do. Why?

“It’s a risk,” Santos told reporters after the FS1-televised main card bout at Ibirapuera Gymnasium in Sao Paulo, Brazil. “But I’m already 32. I don’t think I have to make a career plan. That’s for a 20, 22-year old who’s just joining the UFC. I’m already 32. I don’t have time to say I’m going to wait six, eight months.

“I have to fight and win. The time is now. I feel good. I was well trained, injury-free. So I have to fight.”

The decision paid off. Santos (16-5 MMA, 8-4 UFC) ended up scoring a last-second first-round TKO over Hermansson (16-4 MMA, 3-2 UFC), who’d never been knocked out before. Not only has Santos added a third finish to his streak – with seven UFC knockouts, he is now is tied for second most in middleweight history, behind ex-champ and all-time-great Anderson Silva.

Santos has come a long way since his short-notice 2013 UFC debut against fellow “The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 2” alum Cezar Mutante. He’s kept a high pace of competition, having fought three times a year for the past three years. In that time, he’s only lost in a last-minute meeting with Gegard Mousasi and was upset by Eric Spicely.

While Santos still sees a lot of room for improvement, he also feels he’s on the rise. And the fact that it may have been quiet is no problem for the middleweight.

“A guy who has seven knockouts in the biggest promotion in the world should have been noticed by now,” Santos said. “If they haven’t already, whatever. Even better, (my opponents) can be reckless, think I’m not going to touch them, like (Hermansson) did. But when I touch them, they’ll fall.”

While “Marreta” has been clear about his desire to make the most out of octagon opportunities, he’s ready for a small break. Which means, for now, no more fighting in 2017. Early next year, though, sounds good.

As for whom that could be against?

The soft-spoken Santos isn’t one for aggressive callouts. But he did name Derek Brunson as a good option. And that was even before Brunson knocked out Lyoto Machida to, like Santos did that night, add a seventh knockout win to his own UFC record.

“Whether he wins or loses against Lyoto, I’ll take the fight with him,” Santos said. “All he needs to do is take it, too.”

Whether the matchup will materialize or not, we can anticipate Santos’ gameplan to be basically the same as always.

“Everyone knows my strategy: to strike and make my opponent feel pain,” Santos said. “That’s it.”

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: Thiago 'Marreta' Santos becomes first to TKO Jack Hermansson

Jack Hermansson covered up as much as he could against the charging attacks of Thiago “Marreta” Santos. But eventually, one shot found its way through.

Santos (16-5 MMA, 8-4 UFC) surged in the final seconds of the opening frame and caught Hermansson (16-4 MMA, 3-2 UFC) with a left hook to set up a TKO at the 4:59 mark of the first round.

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

The fight paired two fighters known for their fast work in the octagon, with Hermansson a dangerous fighter from top position and Santos a knockout artist. After a bouncy start in which the opponents eyed each other warily, Santos went first with a flurry of shots.

After taking a hardy body kick, Hermansson pushed to put the fight in more comfortable territory. When his attempt failed, however, Santos poured on the offense. Hermansson was battered across the canvas, and while he managed to block most of the punches, he was rendered completely defensive.

A jumping swick quick from Santos then came out of the blue. It wasn’t successful, but the ensuing flurry of punches as the Brazilian ran down his opponent produced the fight-ending knockdown.

Santos officially is on another tear with three straight TKO wins, while Hermansson sees a two-fight streak snapped after two first round TKOs of his own.

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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Anxiety no longer stifles UFC Fight Night 119's Jack Hermansson

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SAO PAULO – Coming into a fight in peak condition is great if you’re a fighter. But then again, it’s a pretty much a job requirement.

Mastering pre-fight jitters is a highly individual task, and whether or not a fighter is successful depends on many variables, some of which are uncontrollable.

As confident as UFC middleweight Jack Hermansson looks inside the octagon, he admits he still wrestles with anxiety. Heading into a fight, the same fears clutch at him.

“It’s the nerves before you go out,” Hermansson (16-3 MMA, 3-1 UFC), who faces Thiago “Marreta” Santos (15-5 MMA, 7-4 UFC) on Saturday at UFC Fight Night 119, told MMAjunkie. “I feel like it’s still in me when I’m in the octagon – too much.”

But after four fights, those fears don’t have the same hold.

“I think I’ve always had some challenges mentally, and I still have them,” he said. “But what makes me confident is that even though I’m feeling the anxiety, I’m able to perform.

“So I know that when I step up my mental game, I’ll be unbeatable. I think I still have some things to work on, but we’re getting there.”

For all his struggles behind the scenes, Hermansson is enjoying a moment of success in the UFC. He’s won his past two fights by TKO, and is 3-1 in the octagon. When newcomer Michal Materla dropped out of Saturday’s event at Ibirapuera Gymnasium in Sao Paulo, the promotion called him on short notice.

It’s the second time Hermansson has been called into hostile territory on short notice. But he feels better prepared to meet the challenge.

Hermansson now visualizes success on a regular basis to prepare his mind for the same outcome in the cage. He talks about his anxiety with fighters who are good at managing it

Still, he notes, he can never predict when his nerves might strike. So it’s a never-ending process.

“Hopefully, I’m going to get out there and be the best ever,” he said.

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

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UFC Fight Night 119 staff picks: Who's taking Lyoto Machida to win after 28 months off?

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The UFC is back in Brazil this week, and a former champion returns after a lengthy layoff.

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

(Click here to open a PDF of the staff picks grid in a separate window.)

In the main event, former light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida (22-7 MMA, 14-7 UFC) is back after more than two years away thanks in part to an 18-month suspension. He takes on Derek Brunson (17-5 MMA, 8-3 UFC) at middleweight, and the American is a -160 favorite. Brunson also is the pick of eight of our 10 MMAjunkie editors, writers and radio hosts, making him our heaviest staff favorite.

In the co-feature, Colby Covington (12-1 MMA, 7-1 UFC) takes on Demian Maia (25-7 MMA, 19-7 UFC) at welterweight. Covington is a slight favorite over the recent title challenger and has seven of 10 picks going his way.

Also on the main card,Rob Font (14-2 MMA, 4-1 UFC) is a 7-3 choice over Pedro Munhoz (14-2-1 MMA, 4-2-1 UFC) in their bantamweight fight. Jim Miller (28-10 MMA, 17-9 UFC) has six of 10 pickers taking him to upset Francisco Trinaldo (21-5 MMA, 11-4 UFC) in their lightweight bout.

Jack Hermansson (16-3 MMA, 3-1 UFC) is a 7-3 pick over Thiago “Marreta” Santos (15-5 MMA, 7-4 UFC) at middleweight. And to open the main card, John Lineker (29-8 MMA, 10-3 UFC) is more than a 3-1 favorite against Marlon Vera (10-3-1 MMA, 4-2 UFC), but our picks are split right down the middle at 5-5.

In the MMAjunkie reader consensus picks, Machida, Maia, Font, Trinaldo, Santos and Lineker are the choices.

Check out all the picks above.

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

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UFC-Sao Paulo in-depth breakdown: Stylistic matchups, fight picks, best bets and fantasy studs

MMAjunkie Radio co-host and MMAjunkie contributor Dan Tom provides an in-depth breakdown of all of UFC Fight Night 119’s main-card bouts.

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

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Derek Brunson (17-5 MMA, 8-3 UFC)

Derek Brunson

Staple info:

  • Height: 6’1″ Age: 33 Weight: 185 lbs. Reach: 77″
  • Last fight: Knockout win over Dan Kelly (June 10, 2017)
  • Camp: Brunson’s MA and Fitness (North Carolina)
  • Stance/striking style: Southpaw/kickboxing
  • Risk management: Fair

Supplemental info:
+ 3x Division 2 All-American wrestler
+ Regional MMA titles
+ Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt
+ 10 KO victories
+ 3 submission wins
+ 13 first-round finishes
+ KO power
+ Dangerous left kicks and crosses
+ Subtle shuffle-step entries
^ Closes distance and sets up strikes
+ Strong pressure against fence
^ Strikes well off the breaks
+ Good power-double takedown
^ Chains / transitions from it well
+ Solid pressure from topside
– Sometimes throws self out of position
+/- 3-2 against UFC southpaws

Lyoto Machida (22-7 MMA, 14-7 UFC)

Lyoto Machida

Staple info:

  • Height: 6’1″ Age: 39 Weight: 185 lbs. Reach: 74″
  • Last fight: Knockout loss to Yoel Romero (June 27, 2015)
  • Camp: Kings MMA (California)
  • Stance/striking style: Southpaw/kickboxing
  • Risk management: Good

Supplemental info:
+ Former UFC light-heavyweight champion
+ Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt
+ Karate black belt
+ 9 KO victories
+ 3 submission wins
+ 5 first-round finishes
+ KO power
+ Crafty feints and footwork
^ Deceptive distance closer
+ Accurate left cross
^ Coming forward or off the counter
+ Dangerous left kick
+ Good counter wrestling
^ Strong base and balance
– Someimtes struggles from back
+/- Coming off a 28-month layoff
+/- 0-2 against fellow UFC southpaws

Summary:

The main event in Sao Paulo features a pairing of middleweights as Derek Brunson and Lyoto Machida square off.

A top-10 contender who has recently rebounded from losses to the likes of Robert Whittaker and Anderson Silva, Brunson will get another shot at a big name when he travels to Brazil.

Welcoming the American is Machida, a former champion who has been out of competition for the past two years due to an infraction with USADA stemming from April 2016.

Starting off on the feet, we have a battle between two southpaw strikers.

As I often preach in my breakdowns, a meeting of lefties can always be tricky, especially considering that most southpaws predicate their games on facing an opponent of the opposite stance. For this reason, the more “skilled” striker does not always demonstrate their perceived on-paper advantages.

With this in mind, I will be very interested in seeing Machida’s approach. Not only is the Brazilian coming off of a two-fight skid, but those last two losses came at the hands of southpaw fighters.

Still, the dynamic of this matchup has been one that typically favors Machida since Brunson is a come-forward fighter who can sometimes be available for the counter.

If the 39-year old Brazilian’s bottom has not yet dropped out, then Machida may have ample opportunity to attempt counter left hands, a shot that has traditionally troubled Brunson from both stances.

Nevertheless, Brunson will be the more potent striker of the two, and more importantly, he has the pressure to make things uncomfortable for Machida.

Subtly stalking his prey as he utilizes a shuffle-step variation to come forward, Brunson will put himself in prime position to land shots from the power side of his southpaw stance. Having a knack placing powerful kicks, Brunson has also improved his hands over that past few years, being particularly dangerous when punching his way in or out of the pocket.

And considering that Brunson does his best work when forcing his opposition to the fence (a place that has caused problems for Machida in the past), I would not be surprised to see another pressure-heavy approach from the American here.

In Machida’s middleweight title bout with Chris Weidman, we saw the Brazillian initially struggle to get off offensively under the waves of suffocating strikes and takedown stanzas. Should Brunson have similar intentions, I will curious to see how he fairs in the takedown portion of the equation.

Despite having a lower takedown percentage than one might expect, Brunson does a deceptively good job of using his initial shot to force his opponents to the fence; the former All-American wrestler does a decent job of chaining off his attacks from there.

However, it is in that brief space/period of re-wrestling where Machida is most crafty, re-swimming under-hooks or even limp-arming as he attempts to circle to safety. In fact, historically Machida has been hard to take down outside of well-timed shots or an outright out-muscling.

But if Machida is grounded, he is far from impervious.

Although he is a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, Machida has struggled when being put on his back, often displaying a lack of offense or even scrambling ability from the bottom.

Against Weidman, this cost Machida crucial rounds. Against Rockhold and Romero, it cost him brutal stoppages.

Brunson may not have a “game-over” type of ground game, but he can transition well with strikes from topside and plays position when he needs to. That said, if Brunson fails to score takedowns early, then this fight’s propensity to hit strange lulls will likely increase as time goes on.

Not only does Machida bring the lulling intangible with his off-beat stylings, but we also saw Brunson struggle in spots against Anderson Silva, another southpaw who prefers to counter. And even though Machida is the elder fighter who is coming off of a layoff, he is more experienced in five-round affairs than Brunson, who has shown signs of slowing late in fights regardless of winning or losing.

With the oddsmakers opening Bunson in the neighborhood of a -150 favorite, I was slightly surprised the line wasn’t a bit wider, to be honest.

Don’t get me wrong: As a black belt in karate who discovered MMA later in life, watching Machida’s initial rise was one of the most inspirational things I’ve witnessed in this sport. Because of that, part of me will always be rooting for Machida to do well.

And yes, perhaps this is another case of me trying to over-correct the steering wheel in the effort to sway from my biases, but I will once again be reluctantly siding with sensibility since there are ultimately more paths and probabilities for a Brunson victory.

If this matchup were to have happened a few years prior, then I would side with Machida to find a crippling counter shot before the final bell. But now, at 39 and a 28-month layoff at his back, the odds at a successful showing may be steeper than the betting lines suggest. For that reason, I will be staying away from any plays as I observe how this crucial crossroads bout shakes out.

Official pick: Brunson inside the distance

Official outcome: To be determined

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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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Michał Materla out, Jack Hermansson in at UFC Fight Night 119 in Brazil

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The UFC’s fall return to Brazil has a new middleweight addition to the fight card.

UFC officials today announced a UFC Fight Night 119 bout between Jack Hermansson (16-3 MMA, 3-1 UFC) and Thiago “Marreta” Santos (15-5 MMA, 7-4 UFC).

Santos originally was expected to fight KSW vet Michał Materla (24-5 MMA, 0-0 UFC). However, the 33-year-old Polish fighter reportedly decided to re-sign with the Polish promotion rather than ink a deal with the UFC.

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

Hermansson, a former Cage Warrior champion who went 7-0 with the promotion, is 3-1 since joining the UFC and is 11-1 overall (with eight stoppages) since early 2014. The 29-year-old Swede, who’s fought in four different countries (Germany, Brazil, Sweden and Mexico) since signing with the UFC, scored first-round TKO victories over Alex Nicholson and Brad Scott in his two most recent bouts.

He now meets Santos, a 33-year-old Brazilian who fights in his home country for the first time since a submission loss to Eric Spicely in September. Since then, he’s picked up second-round TKO victories over Jack Marshman (via spinning heel kick that earned “Performance of the Night” honors) and Gerald Meerschaert.

The latest UFC Fight Night 119 card now includes:

  • Lyoto Machida vs. Derek Brunson
  • Misha Cirkunov vs. Glover Teixeira
  • 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

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

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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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Jack Hermansson is not surprised that his top game led him to yet another first-round finish

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MEXICO CITY – Before Saturday, Brad Scott had never been finished in the UFC.

Jack Hermansson (16-3 MMA, 3-1 UFC), however, needed less than four minutes to change that, making Scott (11-5 MMA, 3-4 UFC)  the second straight victim of his unrelenting offense from top position in their 185-pound UFC Fight Night 114 bout.

Hermansson knew he had a tough, durable opponent heading into Mexico City Arena. But as the Swede will tell you with his signature wide smile, he also knew he had the proper tools to end things as spectacularly as he did.

“I knew it would be hard (to get a finish) if we were just in the standup,” Hermansson told MMAjunkie after the FS1-televised preliminary card scrap. “But I’m very, very confident in my top game. Everybody in my camp, we talked to each other and we knew that if we had more than a half-round left when I get on top, I’m going to finish. And that’s something we said all the way.”

Although their fates were similar, Scott did manage to outlast Hermansson’s previous victim, Alex Nicholson, surviving until the 3:50 mark of Round 1. While at least 30 seconds of that saw Scott taking some heavy elbows and punches somewhat helplessly, Hermansson believes the stoppage came at the right time.

“He’s a tough guy and I think he’s worthy of having a good chance to fight out of that,” Hermansson said. “I don’t think that he took unnecessary damage, so I think it’s right.”

Hermansson is now two fights removed from his sole octagon loss, a UFC Fight Night 100 submission to Cezar Ferreira. Not only has he racked up his most recent consecutive wins impressively, they were only a little more than two months apart.

The key to Hermansson’s undeniable momentum?

“I think that’s just my mental game that’s coming together,” Hermansson said. “And, when I get everything right up here (he pointed to his head), I will be the best in the world. So that’s what you can expect.”

To hear more from Hermansson, check out the video above.

And for complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 114, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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