Lyoto Machida was the primary to place his fingers on Derek Brunson. Then Brunson answered, and Machida’s evening rapidly ended.
Brunson (18-5 MMA, 9-Three UFC) spoiled Machida’s (22-Eight MMA, 14-Eight UFC) comeback with a effectively positioned counter that left the previous gentle heavyweight champion flat on the canvas, knocked out on the 2:30 mark of the opening body.
The middleweight bout was the principle occasion of in the present day’s UFC Combat Night time 119 occasion at Ibirapuera Gymnasium in Sao Paulo. It aired on FS1 following prelims on FS2 and UFC Combat Cross.
Twitter reacts to Derek Brunson’s brutal KO of returning Lyoto Machida at UFC Combat Night time 119
It was the second straight knockout victory for Brunson, who added an ex-champ to his resume after an try in opposition to once-dominant Anderson Silva in February resulted in a disappointing resolution loss.
In that battle, Brunson’s warning price him. However in opposition to Machida, he managed to strike a steadiness between affected person offense and reckless agression that got here again to chew him in a bout in opposition to present middleweight titleholder Robert Whittaker.
“It feels good,” Brunson stated afterward. “Man, I positively bought up for this battle. Lyoto’s by no means going to lose his expertise. He would possibly lose a little bit of timing, pace, cardio, however he’s by no means going to lose his expertise. To return out right here and get a end over a man like that, I really feel unimaginable proper now.
Brunson exploded throughout the octagon on a number of events, trying to catch Machida napping on protection. Machida, recognized for repaying over-aggression with concussive counters, managed to sneak in a well-timed left hand.
It was a promising begin for “The Dragon,” who hadn’t fought within the octagon since June 2015, when he was knocked out by contender Yoel Romero. The battle with Brunson was his first since an 18-month suspension triggered by his admitted used of the banned 7-Keto-DHEA.
The one drawback was, Brunson didn’t go down when he bought caught. As an alternative, he pressed ahead and continued to search for openings. Because it turned out, one discovered him.
When Machida fired off a hook in counter to a lazy one Brunson threw, he adopted up with a left hook that caught the Brazilian’s chin clear. Machida’s legs went out from underneath him, and when his again hit the mat, Brunson met his chin once more with a left hand.
A number of left fingers later, Machida was out chilly, and Brunson had silenced the group.
Hoping in useless to rev them up once more, UFC gentle heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier, pulling double obligation as an octagonside commentator, implored Brunson to name out his subsequent opponent. Brunson, in flip, selected Cormier’s teammate.
“You’ve bought a fairly good teammate over there,” Brunson stated. “Luke Rockhold, what’s up! The place you at? Let’s run this?”
“I’ll enroll,” stated Cormier, a detailed pal of ex-champ Rockhold’s in addition to teammate.
For Machida, the subsequent step is much less optimistic. The karateka turned MMA champ is now 1-Four in his final 5 fights. At 39, he’s prone to face questions of retirement.
In the meantime, Brunson, 33, is firmly shifting up the middleweight ladder.
Up-to-the-minute UFC Combat Night time 119 outcomes embody:
- Derek Brunson def. Lyoto Machida by way of knockout (punches) – Spherical 1, 2:30
- Colby Covington def. Demian Maia by way of unanimous resolution (29-27, 30-27, 30-26)
- Pedro Munhoz def. Rob Font by way of submission (guillotine choke) – Spherical 1, Four:03
- Francisco Trinaldo def. Jim Miller by way of unanimous resolution (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
- Thiago “Marreta” Santos def. Jack Hermansson by way of TKO (punches) – Spherical 1, Four:59
- John Lineker def. Marlon Vera by way of unanimous resolution (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
- Vicente Luque def. Niko Worth by way of submission (D’Arce choke) – Spherical 2, Four:08
- Antonio Carlos Junior def. Jack Marshman by way of submission (rear-naked choke) – Spherical 1, Four:30
- Jared Gordon def. Hacran Dias by way of unanimous resolution (29-26, 29-27, 30-26)
- Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos def. Max Griffin by way of unanimous resolution (29-28, 29-27, 29-28)
- Deiveson Figueiredo def. Jarred Brooks by way of break up resolution (27-30, 29-28, 29-28)
- Marcelo Golm def. Christian Colombo by way of submission (rear-naked choke) – Spherical 1, 2:08
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(MMAjunkie’s John Morgan and Fernanda Prates contributed to this report on web site in Sao Paulo.)