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UFC Fight Night 119: Derek Brunson stops Lyoto Machida in first round, calls out Luke Rockhold

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.

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.

In the post-fight interview with Daniel Cormier, Brunson called out former middleweight champion Luke Rockold, who is also a teammate of Cormier.

In case you missed the prelims:
MARCELO GOLM DEF. CHRISTIAN COLOMBO VIA SUBMISSION (REAR-NAKED CHOKE) R1 2:08
DEIVESON FIGUEIREDO DEF. JARRED BROOKS VIA SD (27-30, 29-28, 29-28)
ELIZEU ZALESKI DOS SANTOS DEF. MAX GRIFFIN VIA UD (29-28, 29-27, 29-28)
JARED GORDON DEF. HACRAN DIAS VIA UD (29-26, 29-27, 30-26)
ANTONIO CARLOS JR. DEF. JACK MARHSMAN VIA SUBMISSION (REAR-NAKED-CHOKE) R1 4:30
VICENTE LUQUE DEF. NIKO PRICE VIA SUBMISSION (D’ARCE CHOKE) R2 4:08
MAIN CARD
JOHN LINEKER DEF. MARLON VERA VIA UD (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
THIAGO SANTOS DEF. JACK HERMANSSON VIA TKO R1 4:59
FRANCISO TRINALDO DEF. JIM MILLER VIA UD (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
PEDRO MUNHOZ DEF. ROB FONT VIA SUBMISSION (GUILLOTINE CHOKE) R1 4:03
DEREK BRUNSON DEF. LYOTO MACHIDA VIA TKO R1 2:30
KenaiAndrews
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Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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