Lyoto Machida’s return did not go to plan.
Facing off with Derek Brunson in the main event of UFC Sao Paulo, Machida started off with his usual illusive movement in the first, even landing a nice left counter early on. However, Brunson’s power proved insurmountable, and after the American sent Machida to the mat with a left, Brunson followed up with nasty ground and pound to end the contest.
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With the Brazilian crowd silenced, Brunson didn’t waste his time on the microphone.
“It feels good. Man, I definitely got up to this fight,” Brunson said post-fight. “Lyoto never gonna lose his skills. He might lose his timing, speed … but he’s never gonna lose his skills. I [wanted] to take my time. I saw that opening. I’m a bad man right now. First middleweight to run your mouth on twitter, let’s get it, let’s get some big fights.”
Then, after being pressed by Daniel Cormier, who was conducting the night’s post-fight interviews, Brunson gave a name directly.
“You [Cormier] got a pretty good teammate over there,” Brunson said. “Luke Rockhold, where you at? Let’s run this.”