UFC Fight Night 119 bonuses: Derek Brunson's decimation of Machida was worth an extra $50,000

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SAO PAULO – Derek Brunson, Pedro Munhoz, Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos and Max Griffin each earned $50,000 fight-night bonuses at Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 119 event.

Brunson and Munhoz earned “Performance of the Night” awards, and dos Santos and Griffin took home “Fight of the Night” honors. UFC officials announced the winners following the event, which MMAjunkie attended.

Brunson (18-5 MMA, 9-3 UFC) took out former light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida (22-8 MMA, 14-8 UFC) with a brutal first-round knockout in their middleweight fight. Machida was returning for the first time in 28 months, but Brunson made it look easy with a series of vicious left hands midway through the first round.

Munhoz (15-2-1 MMA, 5-2-1 UFC) stopped Rob Font (14-3 MMA, 4-2 UFC) with a first-round guillotine choke for his fourth straight win. Three of those four wins have come by way of that choke, and all three of them have been awarded $50,000 bonuses.

Dos Santos (18-5 MMA, 3-2 UFC) and Griffin (13-4 MMA, 1-2 UFC) slugged it out for three rounds, and dos Santos took a unanimous decision with a pair of 29-28 scores and a 29-27.

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

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

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UFC Fight Night 119 results: Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos outworks Max Griffin in slugfest

Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos nearly put Max Griffin away in the first, only to turn around and get rocked himself in the second.

But after a wild fight with swings in both directions, it was dos Santos (18-5 MMA, 3-2 UFC) who put things together down the stretch to beat a very tough Griffin (13-4 MMA, 1-2 UFC) via unanimous decision after three rounds.

The welterweight 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 fight nearly came to an end late in the opening round when dos Santos hurt Griffin with a thumping right hand to the side of the head, then followed up with an assault that had Griffin wobbling all over the cage.

But despite the fact that he could barely stand by the end of the first, Griffin somehow rebounded in the second round and even had dos Santos hurt at one point, flooring him with a sharp two-punch combo and then driving home another right hand as dos Santos scrambled to his feet.

Still, a part of Griffin never seemed to fully recover after that wild first round, and he had noticeably less pop in the final round, which is when dos Santos took control of the fight, hammering him with right hand counters and dictating most of the action down the stretch.

Once the fight went to the judges, all three saw it for dos Santos, giving him the win with scores of 29-28, 29-27, and 29-28.

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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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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