Derek Brunson silenced the masses in Sao Paulo.
A counter left hand over the top and a flurry of follow-up punches from the North Carolina native brought an unceremonious end to Lyoto Machida’s Octagon return in the UFC Fight Night 119 “Machida vs. Brunson” headliner at Ibirapuera Gymnasium on Saturday night. Machida, who was competing for the first time since June 2015, has lost four of his last five UFC appearances.
Meanwhile, Colby Covington lived up to his pre-fight boasts and battered former title challenger Demian Maia in the evening’s co-main event, winning a clear-cut unanimous decision. After using his defensive wrestling to thwart Maia’s renowned ground game, Covington trashed Brazil and called out reigning champ Tyron Woodley, who authored a somewhat similar performance against Maia in July.
Here is a by-the-numbers look at UFC Fight Night 119, with statistics courtesy of FightMetric.com.
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7: Finishes since 2012 for Brunson, tying him with Thiago Santos for most in the middleweight division during that time. All but one of Brunson’s finishes have come via knockout or technical knockout.
14: First-round stoppages among 18 professional victories for Brunson. In addition to Machida, Brunson has also stopped Daniel Kelly, Uriah Hall, Roan Carneiro, Sam Alvey, Ed Herman and Brian Houston inside of a round in the Octagon.
74: Significant strike advantage for Brunson against his six KO/TKO victims inside the Octagon. Brunson outlanded Machida 10-to-3 on Saturday.
3: Significant strikes landed by Machida, a career low for the Brazilian in 22 UFC bouts.
5: Consecutive victories for Colby Covington following his decision win over former title challenger Demian Maia. That ties him with Santiago Ponzinibbio for the second-longest active winning streak in the welterweight division. Kamaru Usman is No. 1 with six straight triumphs.
351: Total strikes thrown by Covington, more than twice as many as Maia (157) threw. Covington landed 121 total strikes, while Maia connected on 59.
13: Takedowns successfully defended by Covington in 13 Maia attempts. Maia is now 0-for-34 on takedowns in his last two fights, losses to wrestlers Covington and Tyron Woodley.
0: Takedowns attempted by Covington. Heading into UFC Fight Night 119, the American Top Team product averaged seven takedowns landed per 15 minutes.
29: Significant strikes from distance landed by Maia in round one, a career high. His previous best of 16 occurred against Chris Weidman in the third round of a loss at UFC on Fox 2.
4: Consecutive victories for Pedro Munhoz, the third-longest active winning streak in the bantamweight division behind Cody Garbrandt (five) and Jimmie Rivera (five). Munhoz submitted Rob Font with a guillotine choke 4:03 into the opening round of their featured 135-pound clash.
11: Victories for Francisco Trinaldo since 2012, tying him with Donald Cerrone for most in the UFC lightweight division during that period. Trinaldo captured a three-round verdict over Jim Miller on Saturday night.
28: Octagon appearances for Miller, the most of anyone in UFC history. The New Jersey native kicked off his promotional tenure against David Baron at UFC 89 on Oct. 18, 2008. Miller has lost three straight fights for the first time in his professional career.
7: KO/TKO victories for Thiago Santos following his first-round stoppage of Jack Hermansson on Saturday. That ties him with Michael Bisping and Chris Leben for the second-most in the history of the middleweight division. Only Anderson Silva has more with eight KO/TKO victories in the Octagon.
77: Significant strikes landed by John Lineker in a unanimous decision triumph over Marlon Vera at bantamweight. The distribution: 33 to the head, 33 to the body and 11 to the legs.
5: Finishes in UFC competition for Vicente Luque since 2015, tying him for the second-most in the promotion during that time. Luque submitted Niko Price with a brabo choke 4:08 into the second round of their welterweight bout at UFC Fight Night 119. Heavyweight Derrick Lewis is No. 1 in that category with six finishes since 2015.
2: Finishes via brabo choke for Luque, who has dispatched Price and Alvaro Herrera in the Octagon with the maneuver. That ties him for second-most in UFC history with Dustin Poirier. Tony Ferguson is No. 1 with three such finishes.
4: Consecutive victories for Antonio Carlos Jr. following his opening-round submission of Jack Marshman in a preliminary middleweight tilt. That is the third-longest active winning streak in the division behind Robert Whittaker (seven) and Michael Bisping (five).
122: Total strikes by which Jared Gordon outlanded Hacran Dias en route to winning a unanimous decision in a lightweight affair. Gordon was particularly dominant in rounds two and three, outlanding his foe 77 to 8 and 68 to 11.
84: Significant strikes landed by dos Santos. By comparison, Griffin landed 51. However, Griffin did have the only two knockdowns of the fight.
7: Takedowns landed in 11 attempts for Jarred Brooks against Deiveson Figueiredo in their flyweight bout. Brooks also outlanded his foe 82 to 22 in total strikes but lost a split decision to his Brazilian opponent.
5: Submissions attempted by Figueiredo, who often caught Brooks in a guillotine as he was being taken down. Brooks was able to escape all the attempts, however.
61: Combined significant strikes by which Christian Colombo has been outlanded in his last two bouts, losses to Luis Henrique and Marcelo Golm. Colombo, who landed just five total significant strikes in those two defeats, announced his retirement following a loss to Golm on Saturday.