Derek Brunson

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Derek Brunson
Born (1984-01-04) January 4, 1984 (age 30)
Wilmington, North Carolina, United States
Nationality American
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight 185 lb (84 kg; 13.2 st)
Division Middleweight
Reach 76.0 in (193 cm)
Fighting out of Wilmington, North Carolina, United States
Team Renzo Gracie Jiu-Jitsu
Jackson's MMA
Wrestling NCAA Div II wrestling[1]
Years active 2010–present
Mixed martial arts record
Total 15
Wins 12
By knockout 4
By submission 4
By decision 4
Losses 3
By knockout 2
By decision 1
University North Carolina at Pembroke
Website http://derekbrunson.com/
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Derek T. Brunson (born January 4, 1984) is an American mixed martial artist who currently fights in the middleweight division for the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Background[edit]

Brunson was a 3-time Division II All-American wrestler from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke.[2] When he finished college he immediately turned his attention to mixed martial arts. He trains at Renzo Gracie Jiu-Jitsu and Jackson's MMA along with Jon Jones.[1]

MMA career[edit]

Brunson made his professional MMA debut in May 2010 against John Bryant where he won by a rear naked choke in under a minute. He then won his next 5 fights with none of them having made it past 2:30 of the first round.[3]

Strikeforce[edit]

Brunson made his Strikeforce debut on June 24, 2011 at Strikeforce Challengers: Fodor vs. Terry against undefeated Jeremy Hamilton.[4] He won the fight via unanimous decision.

In a quick turnaround, Brunson fought his second fight for Strikeforce just over one month after his debut. He faced Lumumba Sayers on the undercard of Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Henderson on July 30, 2011.[5] He won the fight via submission in the first round.

Brunson's next fight was on November 18, 2011 at Strikeforce Challengers: Britt vs. Sayers against Nate James. He won the fight via unanimous decision.

Brunson was scheduled to face Ronaldo Souza on March 3, 2012 at Strikeforce: Tate vs. Rousey. However, the Ohio State Athletic Commission denied his fight license based on an eye exam he had submitted. Derek fought wearing contacts in all of his bouts but Ohio has a rule against this. Derek immediately scheduled a Lasik procedure and is expected to miss about 6 weeks.[6] Brunson later faced Souza on August 18th, 2012 at Strikeforce: Rousey vs Kaufman and was defeated by KO at :41 of the 1st round.

The Ultimate Fighter[edit]

Brunson was accepted to compete in The Ultimate Fighter 17, but on the first day of filming he was pulled from the competition due to Showtime having yet to release him from his contract.

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

Brunson made his UFC debut replacing an injured Karlos Vemola against Chris Leben on December 29, 2012 at UFC 155.[7] Despite being a late replacement and heavy underdog, Brunson utilized his superior wrestling to defeat Leben via unanimous decision.

Brunson was expected to face Ronny Markes on June 8, 2013 at UFC on Fuel TV 10.[8] However, the bout was scrapped on the day of the weigh in as Markes was involved in a traffic accident. While Markes was not seriously injured, the incident prevented him from competing.[9]

Brunson was expected to face Yoel Romero on August 31, 2013 at UFC 164.[10] However, Brunson was forced off the card with an injury.[11]

Brunson was expected to face Antonio Braga Neto on November 6, 2013 at UFC Fight Night 31.[12] However, Neto pulled out of the bout citing an injury and was replaced by Brian Houston.[13] Brunson won the fight in impressive fashion early, connecting with a head kick on Houston and then securing a rear-naked choke submission.

The bout with Romero was rescheduled for January 15, 2014 at UFC Fight Night 35.[14] After winning the first two rounds, Brunson was dropped by a left hook and lost the fight via TKO due to elbows on the ground in the third round. Both fighters earned a $50,000 Fight of the Night bonus award.[15]

On February 15, 2014 it was announced that Brunson has signed a four-fight contract with UFC.[16]

Brunson was expected to face Lorenz Larkin on August 2, 2014 at UFC 176.[17] However, after UFC 176 was cancelled, Larkin/Brunson was rescheduled and eventually took place on August 30, 2014 at UFC 177.[18] Brunson won the fight via unanimous decision.

Brunson is expected to face Ed Herman on December 13, 2014 at UFC on Fox 13.[19]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts[edit]

Collegiate sports[edit]

Other accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 12–3 Lorenz Larkin Decision (unanimous) UFC 177 August 30, 2014 3 5:00 Sacramento, California, United States
Loss 11–3 Yoel Romero TKO (punches & elbows) UFC Fight Night: Rockhold vs. Philippou January 15, 2014 3 3:23 Duluth, Georgia, United States Fight of the Night.
Win 11–2 Brian Houston Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC: Fight for the Troops 3 November 6, 2013 1 0:48 Fort Campbell, Kentucky, United States
Win 10–2 Chris Leben Decision (unanimous) UFC 155 December 29, 2012 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 9–2 Ronaldo Souza KO (punches) Strikeforce: Rousey vs. Kaufman August 18, 2012 1 0:41 San Diego, California, United States
Loss 9–1 Kendall Grove Decision (split) ShoFight 20 June 16, 2012 3 5:00 Springfield, Missouri, United States For ShoFight Middleweight Championship.
Win 9–0 Nate James Decision (unanimous) Strikeforce Challengers: Britt vs. Sayers November 18, 2011 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 8–0 Lumumba Sayers Submission (rear-naked choke) Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Henderson July 30, 2011 1 4:33 Hoffman Estates, Illinois, United States
Win 7–0 Jeremy Hamilton Decision (unanimous) Strikeforce Challengers: Fodor vs. Terry June 24, 2011 3 5:00 Kent, Washington, United States
Win 6–0 Danny Babcock KO (punch) World Extreme Fighting 45 January 22, 2011 1 1:07 Jacksonville, Florida, United States
Win 5–0 Rhomez Brower Submission (punches) XFP: The Holiday Fight Fest December 4, 2010 1 2:27 Wilmington, North Carolina, United States
Win 4–0 Todd Chattelle TKO (punches) ICE: Fright Night 2010 October 29, 2010 1 0:14 Providence, Rhode Island, United States
Win 3–0 Edward Jackson KO (punches) Carolina's Summer Fight Series 3 July 31, 2010 1 0:41 Jacksonville, North Carolina, United States
Win 2–0 Chris McNally KO (punches) Carolina's Summer Fight Series 2 June 26, 2010 1 1:42 Wilmington, North Carolina, United States
Win 1–0 John Bryant Submission (rear-naked choke) Carolina's Summer Fight Series 1 May 22, 2010 1 0:52 Wilmington, North Carolina, United States

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Damon Martin (January 22, 2011). "Names in the Game: Derek Brunson". MMAWeekly.com. 
  2. ^ "Strikeforce just signed a 6-0 force of nature to their middleweight division, and here's his TUF audition reel". MiddleEasy.com. March 1, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Derek Brunson Official Mixed Martial Arts Fighter Profile". mixedmartialarts.com. Retrieved August 31, 2014. 
  4. ^ http://mmadiehards.com/news/?fid=Derek%20Brunson
  5. ^ "Derek Brunson vs. Lumumba Sayers Added to Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Henderson Undercard". sports.yahoo.com. Retrieved 2011-07-12. 
  6. ^ "Following license denial, Strikeforce's Derek Brunson plans Lasik surgery". mmajunkie.com. 2012-02-21. 
  7. ^ "Karlos Vemola out at UFC 155, Strikeforce vet Derek Brunson meets Chris Leben". mmajunkie.com. December 18, 2012. 
  8. ^ Staff (March 12, 2013). "Derek Brunson vs. Ronny Markes targeted for UFC on FUEL TV 10". mmajunkie.com. 
  9. ^ Staff (2013-06-07). "Derek Brunson vs. Ronny Markes pulled from UFC on FUEL TV 10 lineup". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2013-06-07. 
  10. ^ Staff (2013-06-17). "UFC 164 Gains Derek Brunson vs. Yoel Romero". mmaweekly.com. Retrieved 2013-06-17. 
  11. ^ "Brian Houston replaces Derek Brunson, meets Yoel Romero at UFC 164". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved August 4, 2013. 
  12. ^ "Derek Brunson vs. Antonio Braga Neto joins UFC Fight Night 31 lineup". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved September 16, 2013. 
  13. ^ Staff. "Brian Houston in for Antonio Braga Neto vs. Derek Brunson at UFC Fight Night 31". MMAjunkie.com. Retrieved 2013-09-24. 
  14. ^ Staff (2013-11-26). "UFC Fight Night 35 adds Yoel Romero vs. Derek Brunson". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2013-11-26. 
  15. ^ "UFC Fight Night 35 Bonuses: Rockhold, Miller, Romero, Brunson Earn $50K Awards", by Mike Whitman, Sherdog.com
  16. ^ Guillen, Adam jr. (2014-02-15). "Derek Brunson signs new four-fight contract with UFC". mmamania.com. Retrieved 2014-03-18. 
  17. ^ Ken Pishna (2014-06-07). "Derek Brunson vs. Lorenz Larkin Added to UFC 176". mmaweekly.com. Retrieved 2014-06-07. 
  18. ^ Staff (2014-07-09). "Danny Castillo-Tony Ferguson, Derek Brunson-Lorenz Larkin moved to UFC 177". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2014-07-09. 
  19. ^ Staff (2014-09-18). "Derek Brunson vs. Ed Herman slated for UFC on FOX 13 in Phoenix". MMAjunkie.com. Retrieved 2014-09-18. 
  20. ^ Staff (2014-10-17). "Brunson Named UNC Pembroke Young Alumnus Of The Year". UNCPBraves.com. Retrieved 2014-11-13. 

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