Daniel Cormier, John Gooden on the call for Saturday's UFC Fight Night 119 in Brazil

Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 119 event will feature a rare broadcast duo.

UFC light-heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier will team up with European-event regular John Gooden to call the action, officials announced on Tuesday.

UFC Fight Night 119 takes place Saturday at Ibirapuera Gymnasium in Sao Paulo. The main card, including the Lyoto Machida (22-7 MMA, 14-7 UFC) vs. Derek Brunson (17-5 MMA, 8-3 UFC) middleweight headliner, airs on FS1 following prelims on FS2 and UFC Fight Pass.

Cormier will handle color commentary while Gooden handles play-by-play.

Cormier recently provided some early insight on the featured bout (via Twitter):

Karyn Bryant, Rashad Evans and Kenny Florian will be the Los Angeles studio team for weigh-in, pre-fight and post-fight coverage. Heidi Androl will be on site for additional coverage. (Victor Davila and Erik Perez are cageside and on the call for the FOX Deportes broadcast.)

FS1 hosts a pre-event show (7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT) and post-event show (immediately following the main event) on Saturday. The coverage of the ceremonial weigh-ins kicks off Friday at 4 p.m. ET.

MMAjunkie will also be on scene in Sao Paulo with coverage throughout fight week.

The full UFC Fight Night 119 lineup and broadcast schedule include:

MAIN CARD (FS1, 10 p.m. ET)

  • Lyoto Machida vs. Derek Brunson
  • Colby Covington vs. Demian Maia
  • Rob Font vs. Pedro Munhoz
  • Jim Miller vs. Francisco Trinaldo
  • Jack Hermansson vs. Thiago “Marreta” Santos
  • John Lineker vs. Marlon Vera

PRELIMINARY CARD (FS2, 8 p.m. ET)

  • Vicente Luque vs. Niko Price
  • Antonio Carlos Junior vs. Jack Marshman
  • Hacran Dias vs. Jared Gordon
  • Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos vs. Max Griffin

PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 7 p.m. ET)

  • Jarred Brooks vs. Deiveson Figueiredo
  • Christian Colombo vs. Marcelo Golm

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

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Glenn Robinsons' JACO gym seeks court order against former Blackzilians coach Henri Hooft

Blackzilians owner Glenn Robinson isn’t going to let coach Henri Hooft walk away without a fight.

JACO Hybrid Training Center LLC, the gym owned by Robinson, seeks an injunction against Hooft, alleging he is violating a non-compete agreement by guiding fighters who defected from the Blackzilians’ home gym to a new facility, Combat Club.

The order, obtained by MMAjunkie, was filed June 14 in Broward County, Fla. It contains Hooft’s agreement with JACO, signed Dec. 22, 2013, which represents the coach as a trusted advisor to the company with access to proprietary and confidential information. It contains a non-compete clause that bars Hooft from training and coaching fighters elsewhere for two years after the termination of the business relationship. A non-solicitation clause restricts him from attempting to recruit any fighters to another facility for three years.

A list attached to the order highlights several well known UFC veterans – including now-retired Anthony Johnson, Michael Johnson and Kamaru Usman – JACO alleges Hooft is providing management and training services at Combat Club, which resides in Lantana, Fla., about 30 miles from JACO’s facility in Pompano.

“Based on Hooft’s continuing breach and violation of the restrictive covenant portion of the agreement, JACO is likely to suffer irreparable injury … and the public interest is served by the issuance of an injunction,” states the order.

In a response filed Aug. 21, Hooft, through his attorney, claims he never received any confidential information not available to others in the industry. Further, he claims the gym first breached their agreement by not paying his fees, leading to an excess of $10,000 in unpaid wages. He also claims JACO is no longer in operation, and there’s no legitimate business reason to keep the coach from training at another facility.

Robinson did not immediately respond to a request for comment; Hooft declined comment, citing pending litigation.

The Blackzilians, once a powerhouse MMA team, went south in 2016 after Robinson suffered a litany of health and business problems with his other company, Iron Bridge Tools, which filed for bankruptcy protection.

In a previous interview with MMAjunkie, Robinson addressed the team’s troubles head on after former Blackzilians team member Rashad Evans said the gym’s drama was “worse than 10 high schools put together.” He claimed Hooft began training fighters at a new facility after he accepted a buyout offer on the Blackzilians’ original gym. A new employment agreement didn’t come to fruition, and soon fighters began to defect.

“I believe he already knew what his plan was,” Robinson said. “Five weeks ago, I knew we weren’t going to come to terms. So I needed to let the dust settle before I went and lost a bunch of money.”

Robinson said he would continue the Blackzilians without Hooft and other key players, but would also change the way he did business.

Rumors of the team’s collapse surfaced in December 2015 when a report claimed Robinson was liquidating assets, including apparel company Jaco and Iron Bridge Tools, to pay fees owed to coaches on the Blackzilians team.

Robinson sternly denied the report and said he was only considering the sale of apparel brand JACO. He admitted business conditions had become more difficult under the UFC’s apparel deal with Reebok and also claimed he’d suffered health issues that left him ill for 90 days.

Hooft then defended Robinson and the team’s health.

“I’m the busiest coach, and I got paid every time, on time,” Hooft told MMAjunkie. “If I wasn’t paid on time, I wouldn’t cry to the press. I would just go to Glenn and say, ‘Give me my money.’”

Now it appears Robinson is trying to keep Hooft from making his elsewhere.

For more on the upcoming MMA schedule, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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UFC Fight Night 114 results: Sam Alvey outpoints Rashad Evans for split-decision win

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Sam Alvey eked out a split decision over former light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans, but it wasn’t a fight that left anyone smiling.

Alvey (31-9 MMA, 8-4 UFC) and Evans (19-7-1 MMA, 14-7-1 UFC) played it as safe as they could be over three rounds, doing the minimum to secure victory. But because Alvey did more offensively, he won on two of three judges’ scorecards.

The middleweight bout was part of the main card of today’s UFC Fight Night 114 event at Mexico City Arena in Mexico. It aired on FS1 following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

The final scores were 29-28 twice for Alvey and 29-28 for Evans, who suffered his fourth straight loss and second as a UFC middleweight. Alvey got back in the win column after a decision loss to Thales Leites in his previous outing.

Much like that bout, Alvey fought not as a man who’d felled several UFC middleweights with his powerful left hand, but rather one too afraid to let his hands go lest he be taken down.

Evans justified that fear early and often as he tried to stuff Alvey against the fence before finishing takedowns. And while Alvey’s defensive wrestling was sound enough to earn him escapes, he struggled to catch Evans once upright. A few knees and short hooks were his best weapons.

Evans made the job easy when he ran into a jab, but Alvey did little to capitalize once he had the ex-champ in open range. In fact, neither man gave the judges much to score, landing only sporadic punches that did little to sway momentum. Between the second and third rounds, Alvey got an earful from his corner while Evans got a soft warning from referee John McCarthy.

A big right hook in the final frame was Evans’ best punch of the fight. Alvey managed to land in close as he fought off the takedown. But the boo birds came out in force, and the close decision reflected an altogether indecisive fight.

Up-to-the-minute UFC Fight Night 114 results include:

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

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

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Twitter reacts to Sam Alvey's split decision over ex-champ Rashad Evans at UFC Fight Night 114

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In his seventh UFC fight in nine months, Sam Alvey scored the biggest victory of his career on Saturday when he defeated former UFC champion Rashad Evans at UFC Fight Night 114.

Alvey (31-9 MMA, 8-4 UFC) was successful in his 40th pro bout when he earned a split decision victory over Evans (19-7-1 MMA, 14-7-1 UFC) in the FS1-televised middleweight bout at Mexico City Arena in Mexico.

Check below for the top Twitter reactions to Alvey’s victory over Evans at UFC Fight Night 114.

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

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Street-fight story: UFC-Mexico's Rashad Evans explains how being KO'd led him to MMA

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An MMAjunkie Radio tradition is to ask fighters about memorable street-fighting encounters. UFC Fight Night 114’s Rashad Evans offered up a solid one back in 2009.

“I got stole on,” Evans told MMAjunkie Radio. “As soon as I turned my head, this dude stole on me so bad. It was just one where I fell straight back, already knocked out, like knocked out before I hit the ground, and then my head hit off the concrete.”

Evans (19-6-1 MMA, 14-6-1 UFC), who meets Sam Alvey (30-9 MMA, 7-4 UFC) on Saturday’s FS1-televised card at Mexico City Arena in Mexico, described a nightclub encounter in his hometown of Niagara Falls, N.Y., that led to him being knocked out.

It turned out to be a positive, though, because the former UFC light heavyweight champion said the situation led him to training MMA seriously. Plus, he got revenge later.

“It taught me a valuable lesson: Don’t turn you back in a street fight,” Evans said. “Always be ready. Somebody says they’re going to knock you out, man, don’t even give them that chance.”

Evans will attempt to snap a three-fight losing skid when he faces Alvey at UFC Fight Night 114. Watch the video above to hear Evans relive one of his most memorable fighting moments from outside the cage.

For more on UFC Fight Night 114, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Rashad Evans? Adopted kid? Plans for a band? Of course Sam Alvey is smiling

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MEXICO CITY – If you’re not the upbeat type – if your glass is half empty and silver linings are scarce – “Smile’n” Sam Alvey may come across downright annoying.

But that’s just the way the UFC’s perpetually upbeat middleweight goes through life.

Alvey (30-9 MMA, 7-4 UFC) continues his torrid fight schedule on Saturday, when he meets former light-heavyweight champion Rashad Evans (19-6-1 MMA, 14-6-1 UFC) in a UFC Fight Night 114 main-card bout. The event takes place at Mexico City Arena in Mexico, and it airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

Alvey, who already has three kids, is adopting a fourth. He was finalizing the adoption process as he got the call to fight Evans. It provided another reason to smile for the toothy fan favorite.

“We’ve got three naturally, and now we’re going to do No. 4 through adoption,” the 31-year-old told MMAjunkie with a laugh. “We’ll probably do more after that.

“I want a band. I need a band. My wife wants a team. We’ll see. I’ve got just to keep winning, and we’ll have a team.”

Starting in June 2016, Alvey registered six fights in just 10 months. He went 4-2, which included a four-fight winning streak before an April loss to former title challenger Thales Leites in April. He said he entered that fight with an ankle injury but doesn’t regret taking the fight. He also wasn’t hesitant to take on a former champ – one who’s in a skid but still one of the most accomplished fighters in the sport – on Saturday.

It’s why he didn’t hesitate to accept the Evans fight.

“It’s such an honor to fight such a legend of the sport,” he said.

Check out the full interview above.

And for more on UFC Fight Night 114, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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After needed 'gut check,' Rashad Evans shares all sorts of wisdom ahead of UFC Fight Night 114

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MEXICO CITY – Rashad Evans’ record has seen better days, but the former UFC light-heavyweight champion is determined not to let the fear of the destination spoil the fun of the ride.

Evans suffered one the toughest blows of his career in his most recent octagon outing, when a UFC 209 split-decision loss to Daniel Kelly added a third defeat to his skid. The scrap was also Evans’ middleweight debut after a more than decade-long UFC run that started at heavyweight and saw “Suga” taking the 205-pound title along the way.

Looking back on the close call with Kelly, Evans (19-6-1 MMA, 14-6-1 UFC)  doesn’t think the cut was the problem. If anything, he felt like he was finally in a proper weight division. Which is why the key for Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 114 middleweight encounter with Sam Alvey (30-9 MMA, 7-4 UFC) – and others that may follow – lies somewhere other than his body.

“I just need to go out there and believe,” Evans told MMAjunkie. “And most importantly, have fun.”

So, just get over the mental hurdles. Sounds simple enough, right?

“It’s the hardest part because you’re constantly compared to what your results used to be,” Evans said. “For the longest time, I went undefeated. And that’s great. But in life and in your career, sometimes you hit those valleys. And it’s about making it past those things.

“And when you get stuck in one, or when you’re in one, don’t start second-guessing yourself. It’s a difficult process, and it’s easier said than done. But at the end of the day, as long as you stay with that belief inside, you’ll be OK.”

Evans and Alvey meet on the FS1-televised main card of Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 114 event, which takes place at Mexico City Arena, in Mexico.

The fight comes at a very delicate moment for Evans. For the first time in his pro career, he’s lost to three straight opponents: Ryan Bader, Glover Teixeira and, most recently, Kelly. With those defeats and some serious injuries, Evans hasn’t won a UFC fight since a TKO victory over Chael Sonnen in November 2013.

A negative outcome at this stage of his career could be worrisome for the former champ. Yet Evans, who needed 15 fights to take his first pro loss, just doesn’t seem all that hung up on outcomes.

“Here’s the reality: Who knows what life is going to bring?” Evans said. “I can wish for one thing, but life can have a totally different plan. All I know is that I’m very blessed to be here. All I know is that this dream came out of nowhere.

“And I’ve already won. I’ve already won just by being here. I’ve already won by being in the game for 15 years, so whatever’s to come is whatever’s to come. I’m just going to enjoy myself along the way.”

While he’s in positive spirits now, Evans admitted that it took some work to get here.

“There was definitely a part where I had that doubt, and I started to give in to what people were saying,” Evans said. “Just the mental weaknesses, just giving into the pressures of whatever was causing me to not go out and compete and be at my best.

“The easiest thing in the world is to just give in and to give up. And I really had to have a gut check. And just be honest with myself. And just face some of the things that I didn’t want to face. Get my mind turned around in order to put myself in the position where I feel like I can compete.”

It’s been a long road for the 37-year-old fighter. He won a season of “The Ultimate Fighter.” He held a UFC belt. His star-studded resume includes the likes of Jon Jones, Tito Ortiz, Quinton Jackson, Lyoto Machida and Chuck Liddell. If he were to call it quits today, he would already retire as a big part of MMA history.

So what keeps him going?

“It’s because it’s who I am,” Evans said. “I’m a fighter. It’s inside of me. Right now, this is what is my internal calling. In time, I’ll have a new vehicle to approach in my life and a new way to express myself. But right now, this is how I express myself. And I enjoy it.”

To hear from Evans, check out the video above.

And for more on UFC Fight Night 114, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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