Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is making a big deal out of the UFC Fight Night 119 mixed martial arts (MMA) on FOX Sports 1, taking place Sat., Oct. 28, 2017, inside Ibirapuera Gymnasium in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
That’s because fight fans will finally get the return of former UFC light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida in a middleweight pairing that pits the Brazilian karateka against 185-pound bruiser Derek Brunson.
Machida (22-7) has been out of action since United States Ant-Doping Agency (USADA) suspended “The Dragon” for 18 months for listing 7-Keto (which contains the prohibited substance DHEA) on his pre-fight declaration at UFC on FOX 18.
“The Dragon” is coming off back-to-back losses to Luke Rockhold and Yoel Romero.
Brunson (17-5) recently snapped a two-fight losing streak of his own, while erasing this bad memory, by knocking out Daniel Kelly at UFC Fight Night 110 last June, good enough to leave him at No. 7 in the official rankings.
UFC Fight Night 119 is also expected to showcase the 205-pound bangfest pitting former light heavyweight No. 1 contender Glover Teixeira opposite rising slugger Misha Cirkunov.
Stay tuned for more UFC Sao Paulo fight card announcements in the coming weeks.