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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UFC-Oklahoma City's 10 memorable moments, with controversy and comebacks, good and bad

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The main event of Sunday’s UFC Fight Night 112 fight card was supposed to set up the victor for a matchup against a top contender in the lightweight division. That could still happen – after all, Kevin Lee did earn a first-round submission win over Michael Chiesa, but the level of controversy surrounding the stoppage, and more precisely the man who made the call, referee Mario Yamasaki, might prevent Lee from getting that immediate jump up in competition.

The co-main event had no such drama. In that bout, Tim Boetsch put Johny Hendricks away with a head kick and punches, earning himself a TKO victory early in the second round.

UFC Fight Night 112 took place at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Okla.

Here are 10 memorable moments from the event.

1. You got yourself a situation there, UFC

Before his bout against Chiesa, Lee claimed he was the better fighter in every respect. Controversial stoppage aside, Lee backed up those words at UFC Fight Night 112. Chiesa had opportunities early, missing a takedown and briefly working for a couple of submissions. However, Chiesa failed to stick any of his offense, and when Chiesa (14-3 MMA, 7-3 UFC) gave up his back, Lee (16-2 MMA, 9-2 UFC) took control, securing a body lock and a rear-naked choke.

Lee appeared to have the choke in deep, and as the clock ticked down, Yamasaki waved off the fight at the 4:37 mark of Round 1. The problem with that was Chiesa had not tapped nor lost consciousness, and Chiesa immediately protested the stoppage.

It was a messy ending to an important lightweight bout. While Lee, an honorable mention in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA lightweight rankings before the fight, did get the win, the UFC has some thinking to do about what’s next for him and Chiesa, who was ranked No. 9 before his controversial defeat.

2. Everybody’s talkin’

Chiesa didn’t have much to say regarding Yamasaki during his time on the mic with UFC commentator Jon Anik, but during his backstage chat with the media, Chiesa was less reserved.

“This is the main event – that is JV bull(expletive),” Chiesa said. “That guy (Yamasaki) is too focused on being some kind of playboy in front of the cameras, making his little heart logos. Maybe he should go back and read the (expletive) rule book.”

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UFC President Dana White also got involved, taking to Instagram to let his feelings be known.

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For his part, Lee didn’t see the issue.

“Mario’s a very experienced ref,” Lee said. “Mario saw it and stopped the fight. If he wouldn’t have, there was still 45 seconds left in the fight. I don’t see what the controversy is about. It wasn’t like I was going to let go.”

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Chiesa, Lee and White weren’t the only ones offering opinions on the stoppage, social media was alive with opinions following the bout.

3. Something has to change

If Hendricks plans to succeed at middleweight, he’s going to need to add to his arsenal – and make weight. After coming in two pounds heavy, the former welterweight champion was largely ineffective against Boetsch (21-11 MMA, 12-10 UFC). “The Barbarian” used kicks to prevent Hendricks (18-7 MMA, 13-7 UFC) from setting up and landing his patented overhand left.

Not only did those kicks stop Hendricks from establishing his offense, but they also ended the fight. Early in Round 2, Boetsch stunned Hendricks with a head kick and then swarmed, finishing him with punches against the cage.

The “Performance of the Night”-winning stoppage earned Boetsch his third TKO win in his last four outings. As for Hendricks, not only has he missed weight three times in his last four fights, but he is 1-3 in those contests and 3-6 dating back to November 2013.

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4. Speaking up

Felice Herrig is on the best run of her UFC career. Her unanimous decision win over Justine Kish was her third straight victory and second straight win over a formerly undefeated opponent. Despite her winning streak, Herrig is feeling under-appreciated.

“Honestly, if you want to know the truth, I just feel like I’m not young and beautiful for the UFC to want to promote me,” she said. “It’s sad because I’ve really worked hard to be here. It’s hard to see these people who’ve not been through what I’ve been through and just got to the UFC at the right time, and they’re now getting all these opportunities.

“I’ve seen how hard I’ve worked to get here, and it just doesn’t matter because I just feel I’m not pretty enough, and I’m not getting any younger.”

After her last win, Herrig (13-6 MMA, 4-1 UFC) called for a fight against either Michelle Waterson or Paige VanZant. She didn’t call out another fighter after defeating Kish (6-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC), but based on her winning streak, Herrig should get a top 15 strawweight opponent in her next outing.

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5. Remember, a sense of humor is important

Kish was close to being choked out by Herrig in the third round, but Kish fought through the choke, using muscle and force of will more than technique to break free from the submission hold. However, Kish paid a price for her efforts, something she acknowledged on social media following the fight.

6. A good June

Dominick Reyes has had a good month. On June 2, fighting for LFA, he delivered a highlight-reel knockout which earned him a short notice call up from the UFC. In his debut with the promotion, Reyes (7-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) wrapped things up quickly, blasting Joachim Christensen with a straight left that put Christensen (14-6 MMA, 1-3 UFC) on the mat, forcing the referee to wave off the fight 29 seconds into the first round.

Reyes absorbed just one strike during the light heavyweight fight while landing 13 of the 16 he threw.

As debuts go, things could not have gone much better for Reyes, who earned a “Performance of the Night” bonus for his efforts.

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7. Struggles continue

B.J. Penn almost had his first win since his November 2010 KO of Matt Hughes. Penn dropped Dennis Siver in the second round of their featherweight contest, but he was unable to get the finish, and instead of turning up the heat in the third round, Penn came out flat. Actually, flat might be too kind. Penn (16-12-2 MMA, 12-11-2 UFC) looked like he just wanted to survive the final five minutes of the fight, throwing a paltry 27 strikes to Siver’s 117 in the last round. In the end, Siver (23-11 MMA, 12-8 UFC), fighting for the first time in two years, got the majority decision win, handing Penn his fifth straight defeat.

Before the fight, Penn told MMAjunkie, “We’re going to take this as far as it can go,” which leads to the question, has Penn reached the end of the line?

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8. Back on track

Where Penn struggled at UFC Fight Night 112, another long-tenured UFC combatant showed he has some fight left in him. Clay Guida, competing at lightweight for the first time in five years, earned a unanimous decision victory over Erik Koch.

Guida looked excellent in his return to 155. His cardio was off the charts as usual, and his striking and defense were impressive, but where he excelled was in his pressure and takedown game. Guida (33-17 MMA, 13-11 UFC) forced Koch (14-5 MMA, 4-4 UFC) to the cage for a prolonged period in the first round and controlled the fight on the mat for most of the second and third round.

Guida was never close to getting a finish, but he looked good, and he should get a step up in completion in his next outing.

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9. A major comeback

Darrell Horcher’s run in the UFC has spanned 14 eventful months. In April 2016 he was called in on short notice duty to face Khabib Nurmagomedov. Unsurprisingly he lost that fight. One month later he was involved in a motorcycle accident which left him with a cringeworthy list of injuries.

Horcher (13-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC) was told he would never fight again, but he did, earning a split decision over Devin Powell (8-3 MMA, 0-2 UFC) in a lightweight contest at UFC Fight Night 112.

“It was so emotional for me to get back,” Horcher told MMAjunkie. “I fought so hard to be here. It was a long year and what I’ve come from, most would people say a year is very short. And if you look at it on paper it is, but for me it was very hard. I pushed myself to do this, to come back, to get a win.”

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10. Give him a call

The one misstep Jared Gordon made in his UFC debut came on the scale, where he missed the featherweight limit by four pounds. Gordon is a well-rounded fighter who was comfortable wherever his fight went against Michel Quinones. On the feet Gordon (11-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) was aggressive, using pressure to close distance and not allow Quinones (8-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC) the space he needed to mount any offense. On the ground Gordon was just as good, coupling a heavy top game with effective ground strikes, which earned him the second-round TKO.

After the fight, the former Cage Fury champion, who has struggled with substance abuse issues, let fans know they could reach out to him if need be.

“If you have any problems or anything, you can contact me on Twitter, (or) Instagram and I will take my day to talk to you guys,” Gordon told Anik.

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For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 112, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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After debut win, Jared Gordon calls out Artem Lobov: I would crush him

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UFC featherweight Jared Gordon looked every bit the part of the talented prospect he’s been billed in his UFC debut, and now he’s taking aim at a high-profile name in the division.

“I always think about the task at hand, but I would love to fight Artem Lobov,” Gordon said following his debut win. “I think I would crush him.”

“Flash” Gordon (13-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) looked impressive in a second-round TKO win over fellow UFC newcomer Michel Quinones (8-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC) at this past Sunday’s UFC Fight Night 112 event in Oklahoma City. Were it not for missing weight ahead of the fight, the performance would have been deemed nearly flawless, and the 28-year-old believes there will be many more quality performances on the horizon.

“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 said.

It’s a lofty ambition, but Gordon has already overcome numerous hurdles in his path to the UFC. Now, the New Yorker wants to make a quick rise up the ranks by picking off recognizable opponents. First on that list is Lobov (13-13-1 UFC, 2-3 UFC), who’s currently helping teammate and UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor prepare for a high-stakes boxing match with Floyd Mayweather.

“He’s a name, so I need names,” Gordon said.

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 112, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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UFC Fight Night 112 results: Jared Gordon batters fellow newcomer Michel Quinones for TKO win

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Michel Quinones simply couldn’t keep up with the fearsome pace of fellow newcomer Jared Gordon.

After their first scheduled booking was canceled, Gordon (11-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) made up for lost time by battering Quinones (8-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC) around the octagon until the referee had seen enough at the 4:24 mark of the second.

The catchweight bout (Gordon missed the featherweight limit) was part of the preliminary card of today’s UFC Fight Night 112 event at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Okla. It streamed on UFC Fight Pass ahead of additional prelims on FS2 and a main card on FS1.

Referee Keith Peterson called off the bout as Quinones floundered on his back, his face beet red from punches Gordon threw without letup. It was an emphatic debut for Gordon, who first caught UFC President Dana White’s eye on “Looking for a Fight.”

Gordon and Quinones were supposed to face off at UFC 211, but Quinones was forced to withdraw with a bout of food poisoning.

Quinones brought flashy technique to the table, frequently spinning with kicks and punches as his eager opponent approached. The two held back nothing in the opening minutes of the fight, trading heavy shots in a flurry of action. As it turned out, though, Gordon came more prepared to take the fight to the ground.

A takedown in the first seemed to deflate Quinones as he tried to escape Gordon’s clutches. When he finally escaped, his shots didn’t have the same snap, and Gordon appeared no worse for the wear.

That gap widened considerably in the second frame after Gordon bullied through a potential guillotine choke and put Quinones on the mat. When Quinones managed to escape, Gordon shoved him against the cage and put him back on the canvas, and Quinones quickly began to fade. Unable to get free from Gordon’s suffocating attack, he took several hard unanswered shots until the end finally came.

Gordon makes a successful debut in the UFC and improves his current winning streak to four, while Quinones sees a five-fight streak snapped.

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(MMAjunkie’s John Morgan contributed to this report on site in Oklahoma City.)

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