Former UFC champion set to return to action at UFC Fight Night 119

The UFC has announced the main event for the promotion’s event in Brazil in October.

A former UFC light heavyweight champion will be included in the headliner. Combate was the first to report that former light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida (22-7 MMA, 14-7 UFC) will return from a suspension to take on Derek Brunson (17-5 MMA, 8-3 UFC) in a middleweight bout at UFC Fight Night 119. UFC officials confirmed the bout on Monday, which was good news.

This is going to be a solid fight. It will also mark the first fight that Machida has had in two years. Machida, who held the UFC light heavyweight championship seven years ago, has lost three of his past four fights. He’s 3-3 since his move from light heavyweight to middleweight in October 2013.

This led to Machida making a big change in his career. That decision was to drop from light heavyweight to middleweight. He picked up a knockout win over Mark Munoz and a “Fight of the Night” decision win over Gegard Mousasi.

This led to him getting a title fight against then-champion Chris Weidman, but he lost the bout by decision. He would come back from that loss by scoring a 62-second bonus-winning TKO of C.B. Dollaway in December 2014. However, he suffered a submission loss to Luke Rockhold in April 2015 on Rockhold’s path to the middleweight belt.

Jumping to June of that same year, he scored a big knockout win over Yoel Romero in the third round of the UFC Fight Night 70 main event. This led to him expecting to fight Dan Henderson at UFC on FOX 19, but when he declared the use of a banned substance, he was pulled from the card.

As a result of that failed drug test, he received an 18-month suspension from USADA. His return in October will be just three weeks after he becomes eligible to fight again.

UFC Fight Night 119 is set to take place on October 28th at Ibirapuera Gymnasium in Sao Paulo. The main card will air on FOX Sports 1 while the preliminary card will air on FOX Sports 1 and the promotion’s streaming service, UFC Fight Pass.

A light heavyweight bout between Misha Cirkunov and former title challenger Glover Teixeira has already been announced for this event. The promotion will be adding more bouts to this card in the coming weeks. Time will tell how this bout plays out.

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