Brunson Slays “Dragon”, Covington Enters Welterweight Top 5

In the addictive HBO series “Game of Thrones”, it took seven seasons to slay a dragon but UFC middleweight contender Derek Brunson did it tonight in just two minutes and thirty seconds. The Night King would be proud (yes I’m using GOT references in an MMA article, wanna fight about it?).

Brunson absolutely destroyed former UFC champ Lyoto Machida in their main event bout of UFC Fight Night 119, leaving an entire Brazilian crowd in utter silence. The win marks Brunson’s second knockout victory in a row and I can’t help but think this path of destruction is only going to continue heading into 2018.

Every time Brunson fights, he improves by leaps and bounds. His only losses in the UFC are to current interim champ Robert Whittaker, former #1 contender Yoel Romero and former P4P king Anderson Silva.

And in my personal opinion, I thought Brunson won that Silva fight.

Make no mistake about it, Brunson is the scariest former male cheerleader on the planet. While it’s anyone’s guess on who the UFC matches him up against next, I’d like to see him fight either Luke Rockhold or Chris Weidman.

While the victory silenced the Brazilian crowd, they definitely weren’t quit earlier in the night after the co-main event.

After notching up an impressive unanimous decision victory over No.3 ranked Demian Maia, American Top Team’s Colby Covington went on an arrogant (and borderline racist) rant during his post-fight interview.

Covington called Brazil a “swamp” and Brazilians “filthy animals”. He then called out UFC welterweight champ Tyron Woodley and said he’s coming for the belt.

The boos were deafening and unlike anything we’ve ever seen before in MMA.

I’ll bite my tongue for now on my personal opinion of Covington but I will tip my hat to him on the victory. He completely nullified Maia’s game, stuffed all takedown attempts and was able to bait the Jiu Jitsu black belt into a standup fight for three rounds.

I’ve never seen Maia so willing to trade punches with someone before but he went after Covington in the first round. Covington weathered an early storm by Maia, beat and bloodied the Brazilian in the remaining two rounds and picked up the biggest win of his career thus far.

He’s an arrogant individual but he’s now a top five welterweight, without a doubt.

Assuming he makes it out of Brazil alive tonight, I wouldn’t mind seeing Covington square off with the winner between Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson and Jorge Masvidal. That fight takes place next Saturday night at UFC 217.

Below are the official results from UFC Fight Night 119:

Derek Brunson def. Lyoto Machida via knockout (punches) – Round 1, 2:30
Colby Covington def. Demian Maia via unanimous decision (29-27, 30-27, 30-26)
Pedro Munhoz def. Rob Font via submission (guillotine choke) – Round 1, 4:03
Francisco Trinaldo def. Jim Miller via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Thiago “Marreta” Santos def. Jack Hermansson via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 4:59
John Lineker def. Marlon Vera via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Vicente Luque def. Niko Price via submission (D’Arce choke) – Round 2, 4:08
Antonio Carlos Junior def. Jack Marshman via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 4:30
Jared Gordon def. Hacran Dias via unanimous decision (29-26, 29-27, 30-26)
Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos def. Max Griffin via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-27, 29-28)
Deiveson Figueiredo def. Jarred Brooks via split decision (27-30, 29-28, 29-28)
Marcelo Golm def. Christian Colombo via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 2:08

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