Deiveson Alcantara meets Jarred Brooks in battle of unbeatens at UFC Fight Night 119

A flyweight bout between Deiveson Alcantara and Jarred Brooks is the latest addition to November’s UFC Fight Night 119 lineup.

Alcantara (12-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) confirmed the 125-pound matchup with Brooks (13-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) on social media following an initial report from Combate (via Instagram):

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UFC Fight Night 119 takes place Oct. 28 at Ibirapuera Gymnasium in Sao Paulo. The card airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass, though the bout order hasn’t been finalized.

Alcantara made a successful UFC debut in June when he earned a second-round TKO of Marco Beltran at UFC 212. The Brazilian has earned 11 of his 12 career victories by stoppage, with eight of those wins coming inside the opening round.

Brooks went the distance in his octagon debut when he defeated Eric Shelton by split decision at UFC 214 in July. “The Monkey God” promised big things for his sophomore UFC appearance, vowing to “fight like a god” the next time he enters the cage.

The latest UFC Fight Night 119 card now includes:

  • Misha Cirkunov vs. Glover Teixeira
  • Lyoto Machida vs. Derek Brunson
  • Deiveson Alcantara vs. Jarred Brooks

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

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After disappointment in UFC 214 debut, Jarred Brooks to 'fight like a god' next time

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ANAHEIM, Calif. – Jarred Brooks his not happy with the performance he delivered in his UFC debut, despite picking up the win.

Brooks (13-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) earned a split-decision victory over Eric Shelton (10-4 MMA, 0-2 UFC) on Saturday’s UFC 214 card, which took place at Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif., and aired on pay-per-view following prelims on FXX and UFC Fight Pass.

The debuting flyweight, who was part of the early prelims on UFC Fight Pass, talked a lot of smack in the lead-up to the contest. The result narrowly went his way, but he pointed to feeling off in the days prior to the event as one of the reasons behind what he considered an underwhelming effort. He promised to do much better in his sophomore outing.

“I felt like crap leading up to the fight, but everything happens for a reason,” Brooks said after his win. “Usually when I do things first off, I do things really (expletive) – then I always end up doing really good. I beat a qualified opponent. Eric Shelton is really good. … Hats off to him. He’s a hell of an opponent. Hopefully in the future I will show a better form of Jarred Brooks. They call me ‘The Monkey God.’ I’m going to come out there and fight like a god in the future.”

Brooks said his long layoff also contributed to his performance. He was originally scheduled to make his UFC debut on short notice against Ian McCall at UFC 208 in February, but the matchup fell apart on fight day when “Uncle Creep” was hospitalized with illness.

He doesn’t want another similar break between fights, and said he hopes the UFC will book him again immediately.

“I haven’t fought in almost year,” Brooks said. “People like Ian McCall, I wish I could have fought Ian in February. I felt a lot better leading up to that fight. Eric Shelton is a hell of an opponent, hell of a striker. He’s well-rounded. Thank God for giving me that win, but expect more out of me, guys. I’m going to come out, and I’m going to bring the ruckus within the next few months.

“Hopefully they can get me a fight every two months. I’m like ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone. I only weigh about 129. I’m probably weighing around 125 sopping wet right now. If they’re putting me to fight in the next two months, two weeks – whatever.”

If Brooks can’t get a quick fight, though, he has a more longterm plan. He would like to fight on the rumored December UFC card in Detroit, and he named Magomed Bibulatov (14-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) and Ben Nguyen (17-6 MMA, 4-1 UFC) as two opponents he’d like to face in the 125-pound division.

“I’m ready to go,” Brooks said. “I would really like to fight Magomed Bibulatov in Detroit in December or Ben Nguyen. I think those are really good fights for me in the future.”

For complete coverage of UFC 214, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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UFC 214 results: Jarred Brooks edges Eric Shelton for split decision in UFC debut

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Jarred Brooks and Eric Shelton played for points over three rounds, rarely committing to a sustained scrap in a lackluster affair.

Brooks (13-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC), who made his debut after his scheduled octagon debut in February was canceled, squeaked out more points over Shelton (10-4 MMA, 0-2 UFC) to pick up a split-call.

The flyweight bout was part of the preliminary card of today’s UFC 214 event at Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. It streamed on UFC Fight Pass ahead of additional prelims on FXX and a main card on pay-per-view.

The final scores were 29-28 twice for Brooks with one judge giving the same score to Shelton, who suffers his second straight split-decision loss since his turn on “The Ultimate Fighter 24.”

The perpetually amped Brooks, meanwhile, keeps his unbeaten record intact after a UFC 208 fight with Ian McCall was scrapped when McCall fell ill.

For as much noise as Brooks made in the leadup to that ill-fated fight and tonight’s debut, his approach was muted. He spent most of the first round stuffing Shelton against the cage, trying to wrap the head for a choke. A last-minute attempt wasn’t good enough to take home the submission.

“I think the takedowns I got were the difference,” Brooks said. “I really had octagon jitters. I said that it wasn’t going to happen, but it was for real. The UFC jitters are for real and just the process of everything is crazy. My next time out, fans will see a lot more striking and a lot more versatility out of me.”

Brooks avoided Shelton for the bulk of the middle frame, bouncing around yet doing little to advance his agenda. When his uppercut glanced off Shelton’s temple and appeared to do damage, he missed the cue and kept his hit-and-run strategy.

By the final frame, Shelton had finally mastered Brooks’ rhythm and made his mark with a right hand that made Brooks take a knee. But the impact of that punch – and a flying knee into a guillotine in the final seconds – wasn’t enough to convince the judges.

Up-to-the-minute UFC 214 results include:

For complete coverage of UFC 214, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

(MMAjunkie’s Dann Stupp, John Morgan, Ben Fowlkes, Mike Bohn and Ken Hathaway contributed to this report on site in Anaheim.)

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UFC 214 prelims pre-event facts: Renan Barao's takedown defense is absolutely flawless

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UFC 214 is hands down the most stacked event of the year – so much so that the preliminary card for Saturday’s event, which takes place at Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif., is worthy of its own pre-event facts showcase.

A pair of featherweight contenders get a prominent role on the preliminary card, which FXX and UFC Fight Pass carry, when former title challenger Ricardo Lamas (17-5 MMA, 8-3 UFC) takes on Jason Knight (20-2 MMA 4-1 UFC) in a potential “Fight of the Night” affair.

Check below for 25 pre-fight facts about the UFC 214 preliminary card.

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Featured FXX prelim

Ricardo Lamas

Lamas is 8-3 since he dropped to the UFC featherweight division in June 2011.

Lamas’ five stoppage victories in UFC featherweight competition are tied for fourth most in divisional history behind champ Max Holloway (eight), Conor McGregor (seven) and Charles Oliveira (six).

Lamas’ three submission victories in UFC featherweight competition are tied for third most in divisional history behind Oliveira (six) and Chas Skelly (four)

Lamas is 8-1 in UFC/WEC competition when he completes at least one takedown.

Jason Knight

Knight’s four-fight UFC winning streak in featherweight competition is tied for the third longest active streak in the division behind Holloway (10), McGregor (seven) and Darren Elkins (five).

Knight is 13-1 in his past 14 fights dating back to July 2012.

Knight has earned 16 of his 20 career victories by stoppage.

Knight attempts 2.8 submissions per 15 minutes in UFC featherweight competition, the highest rate in divisional history.

Other FXX prelims

Aljamain Sterling

Aljamain Sterling (13-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC) absorbs just 1.34 significant strikes per minute in UFC bantamweight competition, the second-best rate in divisional history behind Chico Camus (1.31).

Renan Barao (34-4 MMA, 9-3 UFC) is 2-3 in his past five fights after going on a 33-fight unbeaten streak that lasted more than nine years.

Barao’s seven stoppage victories in UFC/WEC bantamweight competition are tied with Urijah Faber and Eddie Wineland for most in combined divisional history.

Barao is one of two fighters in UFC history to earn a knockout stemming from a spinning back kick to the head. He accomplished the feat against Wineland at UFC 165.

Renan Barao

Barao is one of seven fighters in UFC history to register two arm-triangle victories.

Barao has defended 100 percent of all opponent takedown attempts in UFC competition, the highest rate in company history. He’s successfully stopped 33 consecutive takedown attempts, a UFC record.

Brian Ortega (11-0 MMA, 3-0 UFC) has earned all three of his UFC victories by stoppage.

Ortega’s three-fight stoppage streak in UFC featherweight bouts is the second longest active streak in the division behind McGregor (five).

Ortega is the only fighter UFC history to earn three consecutive third-round stoppage victories.

Andre Fili

Andre Fili (16-4 MMA, 4-3 UFC) has alternated wins and losses over his seven-fight UFC career. He won his most recent bout at UFC Fight Night 96.

Fili completes 46.2 percent of his takedown attempts in UFC featherweight competition, the second highest rate among active fighters in the weight class behind Mirsad Bektic (53.6 percent).

Calvin Kattar (16-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC) makes his UFC debut on a nine-fight winning streak. He hasn’t suffered a defeat since February 2010.

UFC Fight Pass prelims

Kailin Curran

Kailin Curran (4-4 MMA, 1-4 UFC) has suffered four losses in her past five fights after starting her career with four consecutive wins.

Aleksandra Albu (2-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) returns to competition for the first time since April 2015. She’s had just two pro bouts since her debut in June 2013.

Jarred Brooks (12-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC), 24, is the youngest of the 24 fighters scheduled to compete at the event.

Josh Burkman (28-15 MMA, 6-10 UFC) is 1-5 with one no-contest since he returned to the UFC for a second stint in January 2015.

Josh Burkman

Burkman is 1-2 since he dropped to the UFC lightweight division in February 2016.

Burkman is one of eight fighters in UFC history to earn a knockout stemming from a slam. He accomplished the feat against Sam Morgan at The Ultimate Fighter 2 Finale.

Burkman’s 21-second knockout of Morgan at the TUF 2 Finale is the fastest slam knockout in UFC history.

For more on UFC 214, 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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Champ Demetrious Johnson took his UFC feud public, and here's how the flyweights responded

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Could the UFC flyweight division be disbanded just five years after it was introduced? Champion and pound-for-pound great Demetrious Johnson claims that’s been one of the threats made by the organization.

Johnson (26-2-1 MMA, 14-1-1 UFC), who’s largely been a company friendly fighter while reigning as the only 125-pound champion in history, revealed this week that his relationship with UFC brass has taken a sharp turn south in recent weeks after it was suggested his next title defense be against former bantamweight champ T.J. Dillashaw (14-3 MMA, 10-3 UFC).

Among other things, “Mighty Mouse” claims UFC President Dana White threatened to shut down the entire flyweight division if MMA’s top pound-for-pound fighter didn’t accept the fight with Dillashaw for UFC 215 in August. Johnson thought it was unfair for Dillashaw to receive an immediate title shot without having competed in the weight class, and he wanted financial assurances if his opponent missed weight.

Moreover, Johnson said No. 5-ranked flyweight Ray Borg (11-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC) was most deserving of the next shot, and making that fight would keep the division in order as “Mighty Mouse” attempts to set the all-time UFC title defense record with his 11th in his next fight.

The reactions to Johnson’s stance have varied, but for the most part, his fellow fighters – and specifically fellow flyweights – have stood behind the champion’s stance. Henry Cejudo, Ben Nguyen, Tim Elliott, Zach Makovsky and Jarred Brooks also weighed in.

Here they are:

What happens next remains to be seen. Johnson has aired his grievances in a very public way, but he said his relationship with the UFC is far from irreparable. He would be willing to fight Dillashaw or Borg, but first his conditions must be met, which Johnson doesn’t view that as an unreasonable request.

If Johnson is to be believed, the UFC is willing to ax a weight class with more than 25 active fighters because the champion won’t play ball. Johnson encouraged the company to follow through on that threat if it’s something truly even being considered.

Fighter unrest has been a common theme for the UFC in recent months. Johnson is just the latest example, but if his situation gets worse, the ramifications could be more extreme than any previous feud.

For more on the UFC’s upcoming schedule, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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