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Watch: Derek Brunson Ruins Lyoto Machida’s Octagon Return With Stunning KO

The UFC provided Lyoto Machida with the perfect stage for a glorious comeback and a truly memorable moment at UFC Fight Night 119. Not only was Machida returning from a lengthy layoff, which included an 18-month suspension for an anti-doping violation, but he was also headlining in his homeland for the first time in three years.

Alas, it wasn’t to be for ‘The Dragon’.

The last time we saw Machida inside the octagon, he was being smashed into another dimension by the vicious ground and pound of one Yoel Romero. On Saturday night, some 28 months on, Machida was sent careening back to that dark place once again. This time at the heavy hands of Derek Brunson.

It took Brunson just two minutes and thirty seconds to render Machida unconscious, consigning the former light-heavyweight champion to his third consecutive defeat and silencing the Sao Paulo faithful. A wide left hook from Brunson set Machida on the path towards ruin. The shot buckled the Brazilian’s legs and sent him fleeing to the canvas in search of sanctuary, but Brunson pounced on the wounded karateka and ended the fight with a hail of sickeningly accurate right hands.

Brunson has now won two straight since suffering consecutive losses to Robert Whittaker and Anderson Silva. The win extends his UFC record to 9-3 and he is now 18-5 overall.

The loss drops Machida to 22-8 and though his recent spate of defeats has come against top quality opposition many will be wondering if retirement is beckoning for the 39-year-old.

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Author: The PA Team

This article was written by a member of The PA Team.