UFC Fight Night 119 Full Fight Replay
Slaying a dragon isn’t really easy. Just ask Tito Ortiz, Rashad Evans, Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, Randy Couture, Ryan Bader, Dan Henderson or Gegard Mousasi. All these leading fighters had their possibility. However, it’s not impossible. Just ask Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, Jon Jones, Phil Davis, Chris Weidman, Luke Rockhold, Yoel Romero and even the abovementioned Shogun.
All of these men have actually remained in the Octagon opposite Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida in his long and storied UFC profession. Some have slain this dragon, while others have actually failed. Now, Machida returns to action for the very first time in more than two years. Which camp will his opponent, Derek Brunson, fall into? Can Brunson, who has won simply one of his last 3, kill the dragon? Or will Machida win the fight?
That’s the greatest question towering above UFC Fight Night 119, which happens in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on Oct. 28, but it’s not the only concern. In the co-headliner, eyes are on Demian Maia and his attempt to redeem himself following a stopped working welterweight title quote. Maia fulfills up-and-comer Colby Covington, who has just one loss in eight UFC bouts.
Four additional bouts complete the main-card offering. At bantamweight, Rob Font clashes with Pedro Munhoz. Jim Miller and Francisco Trinaldo collide in light-weight action. Middleweights Jack Hermansson and Thiago Santos make every effort to move one action better to contention when they square off at the Ibirapuera Gym. In the opening bout of the main card, bantamweight knockout artist John Lineker goes head-hunting versus Marlon Vera.
The action kicks off with three preliminary-card bouts on UFC Fight Pass at 5:30 p.m. ET. From there, it’s off to Fox Sports 2 for the four staying prelim affairs. Lastly, the action moves to Fox Sports 1 at 10 p.m. ET for the six-fight primary card. Battle Press writers Dan Kuhl and Bryan Henderson sneak peek the occasion in this edition of Toe-to-Toe.
The UFC’s event poster for UFC Battle Night 119 declares that “The Dragon is back!” Lyoto Machida is returning after a two-year absence that remained in part due to a drug-policy offense by the Brazilian. Before his hiatus, Machida had actually won simply one of his last 4 trips. Is he really back, or will Derek Brunson include a signature win to his resume and conquer “The Dragon”?
UFC Battle Night 119 – Battle Card
Derek Brunson vs. Lyoto Machida
Demian Maia vs. Colby Covington
Pedro Munhoz vs. Rob Font style
Francisco Trinaldo vs. Jim Miller
Thiago Santos vs. Jack Hermansson
John Lineker vs. Marlon Vera
Preliminary Card (Fox Sports 2).
Vicente Luque vs. Niko Price.
Antônio Carlos Júnior vs. Jack Marshman.
Hacran Dias vs. Jared Gordon.
Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos vs. Max Griffin.
Initial Card (UFC Fight Pass).
Deiveson Figueiredo vs. Jarred Brooks.
Christian Colombo vs. Marcelo Golm.