After KO loss, ex-UFC-champ Lyoto Machida says 'giving up will never be an option'

Lyoto Machida’s long-awaited octagon return may not have ended as planned, but it would appear “The Dragon” isn’t done just yet.

Machida (22-8 MMA, 14-8 UFC) suffered the quickest loss of his career this past Saturday, at UFC Fight Night 119, at the hands of fellow headliner Derek Brunson (18-5 MMA, 9-3 UFC). The middleweight bout marked Machida’s return to competition after a layoff of 28 months – 18 due to a suspension issued by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA).

Four days after the event, the 39-year-old ex-champ took to social media to thanks his fans, saying that “yes, ‘The Dragon is back and giving up will never be an option.”

“My biggest loss would be giving up the dream that once was my blessing,” Machida said. “An even bigger loss would be inspiring you not to go ahead when all you need to do is to keep your head up and go on.”

Here’s the full message (via Instagram):

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“I would like to thank all the support I’ve received from my fans! I’m home, with my family, recovering from a result that didn’t come, but with a sense of achievement, since anyone could have given up the idea of returning to the battlefield after almost 2 years away from the sports.

“My biggest loss would be giving up the dream that once was my blessing. An even bigger loss would be inspiring you not to go ahead when all you need to do is to keep your head up and go on.

“Thus, I thank you all for the messages full of affection and strength. Saying that the Dragon is back and then giving up will never be an option!

“The day I decided I wouldn’t stop fighting, I wanted to show you that, regardless of all the hardship of life, you are either a figher or a quitter. What defines a man in his essence is not losing or winning, but his journey for what he believes. Once more, thank you for being by my side. I will always count on your support, and know that I will be supporting you back.”

Machida, who was issued a 60-day mandatory medical suspension following the loss, is now on a three-fight skid. Before Saturday, he’d suffered a knockout loss to Yoel Romero and a submission setback to former middleweight titleholder Luke Rockhold. Machida’s last win was in 2014 – a first-round knockout of C.B. Dollaway.

Brunson, who’s the No. 10 fighter in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA middleweight rankings, is now two fights removed from a controversial loss to former champion Anderson Silva. Prior to that, he was on a five-fight winning streak. Brunson’s last six wins have been first-round finishes.

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 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 makes debut in Belem, Brazil, with UFC Fight Night event on Feb. 3

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Just as Lyoto Machida was set to headline a UFC card in Brazil, the organization has announced a future fight card in “The Dragon’s” hometown of Belem.

A UFC Fight Night event will takes place Feb. 3 in at Mangueirinho Gymnasium in Belem, Para, Brazil. The card is likely to air on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

UFC officials announced the event, which is the first to be officially announced for the 2018 schedule, during Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 119 broadcast.

Although former UFC light heavyweight champion Machida (22-7 MMA, 14-7 UFC) is the most notable fighter on the roster from Belem, other names such as lightweight Michel Prazeres (23-2 MMA, 7-2 UFC) and bantamweight Iuri Alcantara (34-8 MMA, 9-5 UFC) also come from the area.

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

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UFC Fight Night 119 video highlights: Derek Brunson vs. Lyoto Machida

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Derek Brunson turned himself into a “Dragon” slayer in a big way Saturday night.

Brunson (18-5 MMA, 9-3 UFC) destroyed former light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida (22-8 MMA, 14-8 UFC) with a first-round knockout in their UFC Fight Night 119 middleweight headliner. It was the first fight in 28 months for “The Dragon,” who was out cold in front of his home Brazilian fans courtesy of several Brunson left hands.

Check out the video highlights above.

The middleweight bout was the main event 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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Derek Brunson believes Luke Rockhold puts him 1 fight from title shot

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SAO PAULO – Credit UFC light heavyweight champion and commentator Daniel Cormier for bringing middleweight Derek Brunson out of his shell.

Brunson (18-5 MMA, 9-3 UFC), the No. 10 fighter in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA middleweight rankings, admitted he didn’t have any post-fight callout planned after a first-round knockout of ex-champ Lyoto Machida (22-8 MMA, 14-8 UFC)at UFC Fight Night 119. But Cormier asked, so he thought quick.

“It just kind of came to me at the last minute,” Brunson said after he called out ex-champ Luke Rockhold (16-3 MMA, 6-2 UFC) in the wake of his FS1-televised headliner at Ibirapuera Gymnasium in Sao Paulo.

The reasons for the matchup aren’t hard to name, either. Rockhold is an ex-champion, and wins over ex-champions get you title opportunities.

Certainly Brunson’s perforance against Machida, a once-dominant force in the octagon, advanced his interests. So why not go for the type of foe that cuts to the chase?

“He’s a top-level guy,” Brunson said of Rockhold, who just so happens to be unbooked following a win over ex-WSOF champ David Branch this past month. “I think it would be a great matchup. I think I can put hands on him, touch that chin, and I could put him down also.

“A win over Rockhold would definitely get me next for a title shot.”

First up, it’s a detour for the UFC’s 185-pound class as ex-welterweight kingpin Georges St-Pierre takes on champ Michael Bisping at UFC 217. Then as soon as he’s healthy, interim champ Robert Whittaker will unify the belt against the winner. After that, the options get more diverse.

Brunson said the MMA media regularly disregards his accomplishments in the UFC. That’s because he’s zigged where he should have zagged at some pretty important points in his career – losses to ex-champ Anderson Silva and champ Whittaker being the best examples.

Right now, he’s trying to prove to himself as much as the rest of the world that his success isn’t fleeting. And if he stays patient, big opportunities will arise sooner than later.

“I’ve definitely had a crazy career, but I’m starting to put it together and take my time,” Brunson said. “I can really do some damage if I just take my time.”

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

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Twitter reacts to Derek Brunson's brutal KO of returning Lyoto Machida at UFC Fight Night 119

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Derek Brunson spoiled Lyoto Machida’s return to competition after more than two years on Saturday when he defeated the former UFC champion in the UFC Fight Night 119 headliner.

Brunson (18-5 MMA, 9-3 UFC) was determined to continue his momentum in the UFC middleweight division and did so with a first-round knockout victory over Machida (22-8 MMA, 14-8 UFC) in the FS1-televised main event bout at Ibirapuera Gymnasium in Sao Paulo, helping him hold a spot as a top contender in the weight class.

Check below for the top Twitter reactions to Brunson’s victory over Machida at UFC Fight Night 119.

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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: Derek Brunson thrashes Lyoto Machida for first-round KO

Lyoto Machida was the first to put his hands on Derek Brunson. Then Brunson answered, and Machida’s night quickly ended.

Brunson (18-5 MMA, 9-3 UFC) spoiled Machida’s (22-8 MMA, 14-8 UFC) comeback with a well placed counter that left the former light heavyweight champion flat on the canvas, knocked out at the 2:30 mark of the opening frame.

The middleweight bout was the main event 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.

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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Who ya got?! Fighters weigh in on Lyoto Machida vs. Derek Brunson at UFC Fight Night 119

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SAO PAULO – A hometown hero makes his long-awaited return to the cage, but can Lyoto Machida knock off Derek Brunson on Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 119 headliner?

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

In the headliner, former light-heavyweight champion and Brazil’s own Machida (22-7 MMA, 14-7 UFC) meets middleweight Brunson (17-5 MMA, 8-3 UFC).

Brunson, who’s No. 10 in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA middleweight rankings, is currently about a 1.5-to-1 favorite to win the fight, but do fellow fighters agree? Or is No. 11-ranked Machida, who returns from a lengthy layoff, their choice?

Check out the video above to get their picks.

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

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The MMA Road Show with John Morgan No. 135 – Sao Paulo: UFC Fight Night 119 preview with Prates, Machida, Maia, Covington

Episode No. 135 of “The MMA Road Show with John Morgan” podcast is now available for streaming and download.

MMAjunkie lead staff reporter John Morgan hosts the show while traveling the world to cover the sport.

John Morgan makes his 29th trip to Brazil, this time for “UFC Fight Night 119: Brunson vs. Machida.” Morgan and MMAjunkie’s Fernanda Prates sit down to preview the card and discuss the latest headlines in the sport. Along the way, hear Prates’ interviews with UFC Fight Night 119 headliner Lyoto Machida, as well as her conversations with Demian Maia and Colby Covington.

Listen below, or check it out on iTunes or at themmaroadshow.com. You can also subscribe via RSS.

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Video: UFC-Sao Paulo media day face-offs, where Lyoto Machida scared the (expletive) out of everyone

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SAO PAULO – The big names atop Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 119 card got together to meet the media today – and to get face to face with afterward.

In the main event, Lyoto Machida (22-7 MMA, 14-7 UFC) returns for his first fight in more than two years after an 18-month suspension. He takes on Derek Brunson (17-5 MMA, 8-3 UFC) in the mdidleweight headliner.

And maybe his return gave him reason to shout. When he did, he made sure some in attendance had to check their shorts. He may have scared literal (expletive) out of some people.

Check out the video of today’s media day face-offs above, which include co-main event welterweights Colby Covington (12-1 MMA, 7-1 UFC) and Demian Maia (25-7 MMA, 19-7 UFC).

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.

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

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