Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) returns to South America later tonight (Sat., Oct. 28, 2017) for UFC Fight Night 119 live on FOX Sports 1 from inside Ginasio do Ibirapuera in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The stacked main card, headlined by a middleweight scrap between knockout artist Derek Brunson and former UFC light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida, will feature an ultra-important welterweight showdown between Brazilian legend Demian Maia and brash contender Colby Covington, as well as a Fight of the Night candidate involving lightweights Francisco Trinaldo and Jim Miller.
But, before the premier bouts get underway on FS1 starting at 10 p.m. ET, UFC Fight Night 119's “Prelims” action will go down on Fight Pass starting at 7 p.m. ET and FOX Sports 2 starting at 8 p.m. ET.
Find out what happened right here as the UFC Fight Night 119 undercard recaps roll in real-time:
Vicente Luque vs. Niko Price
In the FS2 preliminary headliner, undefeated welterweight Price (10-1) aimed to continue his divisional ascension against Blackzilians standout Luque (12-6-1). Both men came out patient and calculated. Luque really mixed it up well early, landing leg kicks and combinations on the go. Price tried to find his openings, but Luque didn’t offer him much besides a few windows to land a jab. Luque was the one who found a home for harder punches, including two rights over the top that caught Price’s attention. In Round 2, Price really started to open up with combinations, head movement, and level changes, landing and forcing Luque to cover up. But Luque, who slowed in his movement, continued to land hard leg kicks, which visibly swelled Price’s leg. As Price moved in, Luque caught him with a nasty two-piece combination that really busted Price open. Luque ended up dropping Price along the cage but Price recovered. When Luque noticed his opponent fading, he quickly sunk in a perfected D’Arce choke and forced Price to tap.
Antonio Carlos Junior vs. Jack Marshman
The talented Welch knockout artist Marshman (22-7) looked to extend his UFC record to 3-1 when he took on middleweight staple and former Ultimate Fighter winner Carlos Junior (9-2). The bigger Carlos Junior landed a hard right hand early before tying Marshman up along the cage and scoring a takedown. Marshman did a pretty good job off his back as Carlos Junior finally wiggled into half guard. The Brazilian then slid into full mount and started to land big shots. Marshman rolled over and Carlos Junior quickly sunk in the rear-naked choke.
Hacran Dias vs. Jared Gordon
The first of two lightweight matchups of the evening pitted struggling Brazilian veteran Dias (23-6-1) against rising New York prospect Gordon (14-1). It was huge power from Dias in the early going, as Gordon tried to limit the Brazilian’s efforts with clinch work along the cage. Dias opened up a cut above Gordon’s eye, but the New Yorker kept pushing forward and pressuring with combinations. Dias responded with some sort counters, but nothing that slowed Gordon down. In Round 2, Gordon’s grinding pace really started to effect Dias’ conditioning. He kept the Brazilian against the cage and landed hard hooks to the body. Dias still landed here and there, adding to Gordon’s bloody mess of a face, but Gordon kept moving forward and left Dias on his heels. Once Gordon found himself in top control he launched repetitive ground-and-pound that started to slice the Brazilian up. The third round offered much of the same. Gordon pressured inside, further tired Dias, scored constant points and remained in control. In the end, Gordon did more than enough to earn the unanimous decision nod.
Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos vs. Max Griffin
Sparking off the FS2 preliminary card was a welterweight clash between Brazilian knockout specialist Zaleski (18-5) and California prospect Griffin (13-4). Both men opened up with explosive strikes, including simultaneous flying knees. Griffin was cut open by a dos Santos jab, but responded with his own combinations from the outer edges. Griffin would follow his efforts up with a huge knee that sent the Brazilian to the canvas. Dos Santos regrouped and blasted Griffin with countless right hands. Griffin was wobbled and could barely stand as dos Santos landed blistering combinations and knees along the cage. The fight was almost stopped, but Griffin was saved by the bell. In Round 2, Griffin still seemed wobbled but dos Santos didn’t go for the finish. Instead, Griffin hurt dos Santos with a huge right hand on the feet and on the ground as the Brazilian was trying to get back to his feet. Both men looked completely drained in the third and final frame, yet were still looking to land heavy shots. Dos Santos aimed for knees inside while Griffin chased him around the cage trying to land looping hooks. The Brazilian would turn the pressure up with a few right hands over the top, but Griffin was able to tie things up and regroup. Dos Santos would keep busy with hard body shots and overall output down the stretch. After the dust settled and both men hobbled back to their corners, it was dos Santos who escaped with the unanimous decision win.
Deiveson Figueiredo vs. Jarred Brooks
In the Fight Pass preliminary headliner, undefeated flyweight prospects Figueiredo (13-0) and Brooks (13-1) battled it out for their second UFC victory. It was Figueiredo who controlled the early action with knees along the cage. But Brooks quickly picked the Brazilian up and slammed him on his back. From there, he was able to control Figueiredo and score some valuable top time. Figueiredo would rebound in Round 2, landing a huge uppercut that shook Brooks. Brooks responded with a big takedown, although he had to pop his head out of a tight guillotine attempt on the way down. During a transitions in which Brooks ended up taking Figueiredo’s back, referee Mario Yamasaki stopped the action to warn Brooks of grabbing his opponent’s shorts. Figueiredo attacked early into the third round with another guillotine choke, but Brooks escaped once again to take back control along the cage. But Brooks began to tire, which allowed Figueiredo to land combinations from the outside and more uppercuts down the pipe. To much surprise, Figueiredo was able to claw his way back on the scorecards with his last ditch effort and capture the split decision win.
Christian Colombo vs. Marcelo Golm
The opening bout of the evening saw Danish heavyweight Colombo (8-3-1) attempt to capture his first UFC win when he took on undefeated Brazilian knockout artist Golm (6-0), who was making his debut. It didn’t take long for Golm to land a nice two-piece combo right down the pipe. The young Brazilian landed even more right hands along the cage which forced Colombo to cover up and turtle. Golm then switched levels, took the Denmark native down, and scored heavy ground-and-pound before sinking in the first-round rear-naked choke finish.
MMAmania.com will deliver LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC Fight Night 119 fight card, starting with the Fight Pass "Prelims" matches online, which are scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. ET, and then the remaining undercard balance on FOX Sports 2 at 8 p.m. ET, before the main card start time at 10 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1.