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The UFC is back in Brazil this week, and a former champion returns after a lengthy layoff.

UFC Fight Night 119 takes place Saturday at Ibirapuera Gymnasium in Sao Paulo. The main card airs on FS1 following prelims on FS2 and UFC Fight Pass.

(Click here to open a PDF of the staff picks grid in a separate window.)

In the main event, former light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida (22-7 MMA, 14-7 UFC) is back after more than two years away thanks in part to an 18-month suspension. He takes on Derek Brunson (17-5 MMA, 8-3 UFC) at middleweight, and the American is a -160 favorite. Brunson also is the pick of eight of our 10 MMAjunkie editors, writers and radio hosts, making him our heaviest staff favorite.

In the co-feature, Colby Covington (12-1 MMA, 7-1 UFC) takes on Demian Maia (25-7 MMA, 19-7 UFC) at welterweight. Covington is a slight favorite over the recent title challenger and has seven of 10 picks going his way.

Also on the main card,Rob Font (14-2 MMA, 4-1 UFC) is a 7-3 choice over Pedro Munhoz (14-2-1 MMA, 4-2-1 UFC) in their bantamweight fight. Jim Miller (28-10 MMA, 17-9 UFC) has six of 10 pickers taking him to upset Francisco Trinaldo (21-5 MMA, 11-4 UFC) in their lightweight bout.

Jack Hermansson (16-3 MMA, 3-1 UFC) is a 7-3 pick over Thiago “Marreta” Santos (15-5 MMA, 7-4 UFC) at middleweight. And to open the main card, John Lineker (29-8 MMA, 10-3 UFC) is more than a 3-1 favorite against Marlon Vera (10-3-1 MMA, 4-2 UFC), but our picks are split right down the middle at 5-5.

In the MMAjunkie reader consensus picks, Machida, Maia, Font, Trinaldo, Santos and Lineker are the choices.

Check out all the picks above.

For more on UFC Fight Night 119, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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