With UFC 217 simply across the nook, UFC Battle Night time 119 may’ve been a throwaway struggle card to overlook, however final evening it was something however that.
Right here’s what we discovered on a loopy evening in Brazil.
1 – Derek Brunson ruined the homecoming celebration
There have been combined outcomes for the Brazilian fighters final evening and the followers left the world with their heads down.
Their hero Lyoto Machida returned to the UFC Octagon for the primary time in over two years following a drug suspension, however sadly for him his opponent Derek Brunson forgot to learn the fairytale script.
Machida seemed snug within the opening exchanges and took the centre of the Octagon in his clbadic karate stance.
It was all going too effectively, however then Brunson ended his evening with a slick left counter and comply with up photographs to get the job finished with solely two minutes and 30-seconds on the clock.
The group had been shocked into silence and within the rapid aftermath, it’s very troublesome to see the place Machida can go from right here.
2 – Colby Covington made no mates in Brazil
Talking of the Brazilian crowd being shocked into silence, the identical can’t fairly be mentioned for what occurred on the finish of the co-main occasion.
Colby Covington placed on the efficiency of a lifetime to beat former UFC title contender Demian Maia through a unanimous choice.
The end result didn’t go the way in which the followers wished it to within the space, however Covington’s antics in his post-fight interview the place he referred to as Brazil “A dump” and the Brazilian folks “Filthy animals,” enraged the group.
It was a disgrace to see Covington take it a bit of too far with the group and the UFC advised reporters on the post-fight press convention that they’re investigating the incident.
Covington was then refused the best to have his personal post-fight press convention within the media which was most likely justified given how his mouth had obtained him into a lot hbadle earlier within the night.
three – Not an evening for the Jack’s in Brazil
European middleweights Jack Marshman of Wales and Jack Hermansson on Sweden didn’t have the very best of evenings in opposition to Brazilian competitors.
Marshman was submitted by Antonio Carlos Junior with thirty seconds remaining within the first spherical.
Carlos Junior is a world clbad black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu and Marshman merely had no solutions for him when the struggle obtained taken right down to the mat.
Hermansson equally had a tough time dealing with Thiago Santos who began at a quick tempo and by no means relented.
Santos completed the struggle within the final seconds of the primary spherical with lightning-fast flurry of strikes to get the TKO stoppage.
It was an evening to overlook for each Marshman and Hermansson in Brazil and who is aware of, it could make sense that they struggle one another subsequent.
four – John Lineker again within the combine within the bantamweight prime 5
Brazilian bantamweight John Lineker placed on a clbadic efficiency in opposition to Marlon Vera within the opening struggle on the primary card.
Lineker pushed a quick tempo from the outset and walked by means of numerous Vera’s counter strikes to land his personal photographs and mixture.
The struggle went the space, however the end result was by no means doubtful as Lineker obtained his hand raised for the unanimous choice.
Talking afterwards, Linker made it very clear that he’s after a top-5 opponent subsequent.
“It was not one among my greatest performances, however a win is a win, it doesn’t matter what,” Lineker mentioned.
“Now I wish to go house, recuperate, and practice laborious for the subsequent struggle.
“I’d very very like to face a well-ranked man, a top-5 man.”
5 – Jim Miller units a document in a shedding effort
UFC light-weight Jim Miller set a document final night for taking his 28th struggle beneath the UFC banner.
Sadly for Miller, his first struggle in Brazil didn’t see him depart with a win and his opponent Francisco Trinaldo was the person who obtained his hand raised when their struggle went to the judges.
Miller did effectively within the first spherical utilizing his boxing to land some good photographs, however Trinaldo took over in rounds two and three and Miller merely couldn’t preserve the tempo that the Brazilian was setting.
It was a very good struggle and Miller will be pleased with his accomplishment, however the American has now misplaced three fights in a row and in a staked 155-pounds division, it’s laborious to see the place he goes from right here.
6 – UFC 217 is upon us….
One of many greatest UFC occasions of the yr will happen subsequent week at Madison Sq. Backyard, New York as Michael Bisping takes on Georges St-Pierre in the primary occasion.
With no fewer than three UFC title fights and a few huge scores to be settled up and down the cardboard, it seems prefer it’s going to be an evening you don’t wish to miss.
Can St-Pierre and win the middleweight strap in his first struggle again in 4 years? Or will Bisping beat one of many best fighters ever to step foot contained in the Octagon?
It must be an intriguing week and you’ll preserve updated with the newest information on Mirror Sport.