Lyoto Machida’s big return after almost 2 years from a suspension and injury hits a brick wall named Derek Brunson. UFC fight night 119 main event Brunson vs Machida was a highly anticipated return for the dragon.
UFC Fight Night: Brunson vs. Machida took place Oct. 28 at the Ginásio do Ibirapuera in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Middleweight contender Derek Brunson (18-5) faced off against former UFC light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida (22-8) in the night’s main event, which aired live on FOX Sports 1.
DEREK BRUNSON SHUTS DOWN LYOTO MACHIDA AKA THE DRAGON
Derek Brunson on the other hand is a very talented and rising star in the middleweight division in the UFC. He faced the legend Lyoto “the dragon” Machida and was not intimidated by his resume of big name fighters that he had defeated.
Lyoto Machida had a very warm welcome back from his brazilian fans on this walk out to the octagon, unlike Brunson who was in enemy territory. This did not effect Brunson and he was here to compete and face the legend the dragon.
LYOTO MACHIDA PLAY BY PLAY ACTION
Round 1: Machida comes out and takes the center of the octagon. Despite the long layoff, Machida looks like his vintage self, maintaining a long range and moving on the balls of his feet. Nothing of consequence happens for the first 90 seconds but Machida hits a stepping straight left as Bruson comes forward. Brunson reaches for a big right hand but comes up with air. Machida again times a stepping in left hand to an approaching Brunson but this time Brunson lands a huge left hook that clips Machida and has him on skates! Brunson follows up with some shots and some ground and pound to his face and finishes the fight and the crowd is silent.