American Derek Brunson (18-5-0) silenced the Sao Paulo, Brazil crowd Saturday evening with a convincing first round TKO victory over hometown hero Lyoto Machida (22-8-0) in the main event of UFC Fight Night 119.
After suffering a disappointing decision loss to Machida’s countryman Anderson Silva previously, Brunson was more aggressive while maintaining a relatively cautious approach in the early going. Machida, who was returning from a year suspension, struck first with a left hand that appeared to confirm “The Dragon” was back.
But Brunson hung tough and later connected on a counter left hook that floored Machida. Subsequent left hands forced referee Osiris Maia to halt the bout at 2:30.
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Machida has now been stopped in his last three contests, while Brunson now has a two-fight win streak and will almost certainly move up the middleweight rankings.
Brunson also collected a performance of the night award along with Pedro Munhoz. Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos and Max Griffin took home Fight of the Night. Each fighter earned a $50,000 USD bonus.
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In the post-fight interview with Daniel Cormier, Brunson called out former middleweight champion Luke Rockold, who is also a teammate of Cormier.