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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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Pedro Munhoz vs. Rob Font added to UFC Fight Night 119 in Brazil

The UFC today announced a bantamweight bout between Pedro Munhoz and Rob Font is set for UFC Fight Night 119, which takes place Oct. 28 at Ibirapuera Gymnasium in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and airs on FS1 following prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

The addition of Munhoz-Font comes on the same day Glover Teixeira vs. Misha Cirkunov was moved from the card to UFC on FOX 26 on Dec. 16 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

Munhoz (14-2-1 MMA, 4-2-1 UFC) will enter the bout riding the momentum of a three-fight winning streak. In two of those wins, Munhoz was awarded “Performance of the Night” bonuses for submissions. His most recent victory came via unanimous decision over Damian Stasiak at UFC Fight Night 109 in May.

Font (14-2 MMA, 4-1 UFC) has won back to back fights. Most recently he defeated Douglas Silva de Andrade with a guillotine-choke submission at UFC 213 in July to earn a “Performance of the Night” bonus.

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

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

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Glover Teixeira vs. Misha Cirkunov moved from Brazil to UFC on FOX 26 in Canada

Brazil’s loss is Canada’s gain.

The key light heavyweight contender bout between Glover Teixeira (26-6 MMA, 9-4 UFC) and Misha Cirkunov (13-3 MMA, 4-1 UFC) will no longer take place at UFC Fight Night 119 in Sao Paulo on Oct. 28. Instead, it has been moved to UFC on FOX 26 on Dec. 16 in Canada.

UFC officials today announced the change, though a reason was not revealed (via Twitter):

UFC on FOX 26 takes place at MTS Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The card airs on FOX following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

Cirkunov, No. 9 in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA light heavyweight rankings, is coming off a stunning 28-second knockout loss to Volkan Oezdemir at UFC Fight Night 109 in May. The defeat snapped his eight-fight winning streak.

No. 6 Teixeira, meanwhile, also is coming off a knockout loss. The 37-year-old former title challenger suffered a fifth-round knockout loss against Alexander Gustafsson at UFC Fight Night 109, dropping him to 1-2 in his past three octagon appearances.

The latest UFC on FOX 26 card includes:

  • Misha Cirkunov vs. Glover Teixeira
  • Jared Cannonier vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira
  • Oluwale Bamgbose vs. Alessio Di Chirico
  • Julian Marquez vs. Vitor Miranda
  • Tim Elliott vs. Justin Scoggins

For more on UFC Fight Night 119 and UFC on FOX 26, visit the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Michał Materla out, Jack Hermansson in at UFC Fight Night 119 in Brazil

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The UFC’s fall return to Brazil has a new middleweight addition to the fight card.

UFC officials today announced a UFC Fight Night 119 bout between Jack Hermansson (16-3 MMA, 3-1 UFC) and Thiago “Marreta” Santos (15-5 MMA, 7-4 UFC).

Santos originally was expected to fight KSW vet Michał Materla (24-5 MMA, 0-0 UFC). However, the 33-year-old Polish fighter reportedly decided to re-sign with the Polish promotion rather than ink a deal with the UFC.

UFC Fight Night 119 takes place Oct. 28 at Ibirapuera Gymnasium in Sao Paulo, and it airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

Hermansson, a former Cage Warrior champion who went 7-0 with the promotion, is 3-1 since joining the UFC and is 11-1 overall (with eight stoppages) since early 2014. The 29-year-old Swede, who’s fought in four different countries (Germany, Brazil, Sweden and Mexico) since signing with the UFC, scored first-round TKO victories over Alex Nicholson and Brad Scott in his two most recent bouts.

He now meets Santos, a 33-year-old Brazilian who fights in his home country for the first time since a submission loss to Eric Spicely in September. Since then, he’s picked up second-round TKO victories over Jack Marshman (via spinning heel kick that earned “Performance of the Night” honors) and Gerald Meerschaert.

The latest UFC Fight Night 119 card now includes:

  • Lyoto Machida vs. Derek Brunson
  • Misha Cirkunov vs. Glover Teixeira
  • 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

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

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Stream or download MMAjunkie Radio #2522 with UFC Fight Night 119's Colby Covington

Stream or download Tuesday’s episode of MMAjunkie Radio with guest Colby Covington.

Covington called in to talk about his Oct. 28 fight at UFC Fight Night 119 vs. Demian Maia in Sao Paulo. He said he plans to retire Maia, then turn his attention to champion Tyron Woodley.

You can listen below or download the episode from SoundCloud.

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Lyoto Machida on what his own suspension taught him about not judging others – like Jon Jones

In November of 2016, Lyoto Machida accepted an 18-month suspension that, considering penalties handed to others, some thought to be too harsh.

Machida admits that, at first, he was one of those people. But as he prepares to make his awaited return Oct. 28 at UFC Fight Night 119, the former UFC light heavyweight champion and former middleweight title challenger is done with the blaming. Instead, he takes the responsibility upon himself.

“While I was fighting all of this, trying to find a culprit, saying (the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency) was being too strict on the punishment and this and that, I wasn’t growing as a person,” Machida said today during a press conference to mark the beginning of ticket sales for the event, which takes place at Ibirapuera Gymnasium in Sao Paulo. “My career stopped. The minute I had the acceptance and the responsibility that I made a mistake, everything started changing in my life. Things started going well. And things started happening – different things – that weren’t in the octagon, that weren’t fight opportunities.

“But (they) were learning experiences for my life, things that helped me as a human, as a person. So I don’t blame anyone. It was my fault.”

Machida’s issues with the USADA date back to a later-scrapped UFC on FOX 19 bout with Dan Henderson, scheduled for April of 2016. At the time, the middleweight actually disclosed the use of the substance in one of his pre-fight forms and subsequently failed a drug test.

Machida, who admitted he didn’t know the substance was banned, was cooperative with USADA’s investigation throughout. While he, in fact, made a mistake, many – including colleagues and specialists on the matter – wondered whether Machida’s transparency, and the fact that other offenders seemed to get away with lighter penalties, shouldn’t award him some leniency.

Still, he got a one-and-a-half-year ban. A layoff made heavier by the fact that, when he returns to the cage against Derek Brunson (17-5 MMA, 8-3 UFC, Machida (22-7 MMA, 14-7 UFC) will be 39.

“At first, I thought (the suspension) was too stern,” Machida said. “But everything happens for a reason. I looked at all of it under a positive light.”

Machida acknowledges the downsides of inactivity – as the octagon experience is a unique one. But there’s a flip side to that. On the technical aspect, Machida, who’s on a two-fight skid, said he was able to make the type of small tweaks that make for bigger improvements.

Not to mention the other, less tangible benefits of some time away.

“I saw that as a moment that I needed to step away a bit,” Machida said. “I needed this hiatus to grow, too. I took some time for myself. I wanted to step away from all of this, from the media. I wanted to see things from the outside, from a different angle. And I had that opportunity with this. I capitalized on it and developed other things. Often, we think life has only one path. And this showed me there are other paths in life.”

Machida won’t deny the stigma that comes with a positive drug test, even in a case that generated some sympathy. But even that, he says, taught him some valuable lessons, including compassion for others in similar situations. And he used the latest, high-profile example of a champion who beat him once.

“At first, when the news breaks, you get labeled as a cheater,” Machida said. “You get labeled as someone who tried to get an edge in some way. But, mostly, it’s by the people who don’t know you. So you need to have a good mind, to be able to deal with that. It’s very easy to judge people.

“But given what I went through and this learning experience I’ve been having, I see it’s a very delicate situation. Judging a person – many times you don’t know. Even Jon Jones. He went through something, and many people started judging and talking. But no one knows.”

Jones (23-1 MMA, 17-1 UFC) , who choked out Machida in a UFC 140 encounter back in 2011, made the news once more last week, when it was announced that he failed an in-competition test stemming from his title-winning UFC 214 encounter with Daniel Cormier. Jones had just finished serving a one-year suspension by USADA.

While Jones is still entitled to due process, that didn’t keep him from catching some flack. As Machida knows, we’re yet to get full clarification on what happened. But even if we did, he believes there’s some value in turning your reflections inward.

“No one really knows what happened,” Machida said. “And, if you do, what do we have to do with it? It’s his life. We all need to worry about our lives. It doesn’t matter what. We’re often too worried about other people and forget about ourselves. We’re often comparing ourselves to others.

“And this comparison, even in my situation – I was not fighting. So, at first, when there wasn’t acceptance, there was a comparison. ‘Everyone is fighting, and I’m not.’ And then I said, ‘No, this is my time.’ Everyone has their lives. Some people start college at 18, others do it at 40, 50. Some people find success when they’re 30, others at 20.

“It doesn’t matter what they’re doing. It matters what I’m doing. What I’m training. What I’m living.”

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

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Watch MMAjunkie Radio here (1 p.m. ET) with UFC Fight Night 119's Colby Covington

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MMAjunkie Radio kicks off today at 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT) with guest Colby Covington.

Covington has the biggest fight of his career coming up Oct. 28 when he takes on recent welterweight title challenger and former middleweight title challenger Demian Maia in Mai’s home country of Brazil at UFC Fight Night 119. We’ll also discuss the latest MMA news and the continued fallout from “The Money Fight.”

MMAjunkie Radio airs from 1 to 3 p.m. ET (10 a.m. to noon PT), live from Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. You can watch and listen live on MMAjunkie’s Facebook and YouTube pages. Additionally, SiriusXM Rush (Ch. 93) carries a replay later in the day (8-10 p.m. ET) and the following morning (7-9 a.m. ET), or catch a replay on demand.

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UFC Fight Night 119 additions include 'The Joker,' 'Cara de Sapato,' 'Godzilla' and 'Boi'

The UFC’s October return to Brazil includes two new matchups and four colorful nicknames.

UFC officials recently announced the addition of middleweights Antonio Carlos Junior (8-2-1 MMA, 5-2 UFC) vs. Jack Hermansson (16-3 MMA, 3-1 UFC) and Christian Colombo vs. Carlos Felipe to the Oct. 28 event, which airs on FS1 from Ibirapuera Gymnasium in Sao Paulo.

“Cara de Sapato” Carlos Junior, the heavyweight winner of “The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 3,” struggled with mixed results on his way down to the middleweight division. However, he has since rattled off three consecutive victories over Eric Spicely, Marvin Vettori and Leonardo Augusto Guimaraes. He now faces “The Joker” Hermansson, who currently stands at an impressive 11-1 in his past 12 appearances, including three wins in his first four UFC appearances.

Denmark’s Colombo (8-2-1 MMA, 0-1-1 UFC), known as “Godzilla,” seeks his first UFC win in his third UFC contest. The 6-foot-5 fighter settled for a majority draw in his UFC debut against Jarjis Danho before being submitted by Luis”KLB” Henrique. He meets Brazilian newcomer “Boi” Felipe, 22, who made his UFC debut in November 2014 and has scored six knockouts in his eight career wins to date.

With the additions to the card, UFC Fight Night 119 now includes:

  • Lyoto Machida vs. Derek Brunson
  • Misha Cirkunov vs. Glover Teixeira
  • Colby Covington vs. Demian Maia
  • Deiveson Alcantara vs. Jarred Brooks
  • Antonio Carlos Junior vs. Jack Hermansson
  • Augusto Mendes vs. Boston Salmon
  • Christian Colombo vs. Carlos Felipe

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

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DWCS 1 winner Boston Salmon meets Augusto Mendes at UFC Fight Night 119 in Brazil

Boston is heading to Brazil – Boston Salmon, that is.

Thanks to his win on the first installment of Dana White’s Contender Series, Salmon (6-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) has booked a bantamweight fight against Augusto Mendes (6-2 MMA, 1-2 UFC) at UFC Fight Night 119. UFC officials made the announcement during the stream of Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series on UFC Fight Pass.

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.

Boston Salmon

Salmon picked up a coveted UFC contract in July when he took a unanimous decision from Ricky Turcios at DWCS 1 in Las Vegas. Prior to that, all six of his fights had been under the RFA banner. There, he started a perfect 5-0 with four knockout wins before he dropped a tough split call to Zac Riley at RFA 43 nearly a year ago for the lone loss of his career. But he got back on track in the most important win of his career, and it earned him a shot at the UFC.

Mendes started his pro career 5-0 when he got the call from the UFC to fight Cody Garbrandt on short notice at UFC Fight Night 83 in February 2016. He was knocked out in the first round, and Garbrandt went on to win the UFC’s bantamweight title.

But Mendes rebounded nearly a year later with a split-decision win over Frankie Saenz at UFC Fight Night 103 in Phoenix, where he bases a portion of his training with The MMA Lab. The Legacy FC vet’s first UFC victory was only three months in the rearview mirror, though, when he dropped a decision to Aljamain Sterling at UFC on FOX 24 in April.

With the addition, the UFC Fight Night 119 card now includes:

  • Misha Cirkunov vs. Glover Teixeira
  • Lyoto Machida vs. Derek Brunson
  • Deiveson Alcantara vs. Jarred Brooks
  • Augusto Mendes vs. Boston Salmon

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

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