LAS VEGAS – Derek Brunson needs his alternative to problem for the middleweight title after his important occasion win over Darren Till at UFC Fight Night 191.
Brunson (23-7 MMA, 14-5 UFC) earned a third-round submission of Till (18-4-1 MMA, 6-4-1 UFC) in Saturday’s headliner on the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, giving him 5 consecutive victories since he met Israel Adesanya at UFC 230 in November 2018.
A title shot has been on Brunson’s thoughts for a very long time now, however he’s by no means been capable of string collectively the fitting performances. That’s till now. He thinks he’s achieved sufficient, however with present champ Adesanya and Robert Whittaker tentatively focused for an early 2022 date, it might be a while till Brunson’s alternative materializes.
Brunson is already listening to the noise that he ought to keep energetic and struggle Jared Cannonier (14-5 MMA, 7-5 UFC) in a real title eliminator. He didn’t utterly shut down that suggestion however stated he’s going to push to struggle for the belt first.
“I can use a tune-up with one of the Jake Paul brothers or something like that,” Brunson instructed MMA Junkie and different reporters on the UFC Fight Night 191 post-fight information convention. “Maybe Dana White can loan me to the Triller to fight one of those guys, or maybe I can wait until Israel and Whittaker fight early next year and we can fight in March or April. We have some options. Cannonier isn’t completely off the table, but I’ve been adamant about asking for the toughest guys in the division. I asked for Paulo Costa, the UFC sent him a contract and he didn’t sign it. If I would’ve got that fight I would’ve been definitely next for the title. I’m doing all this work. I want to be rewarded. I’ve never got a title shot in my career.”
Brunson was soundly defeated by Adesanya once they first fought. His early takedowns had been stuffed, and Adesanya teed off on him for a first-round TKO.
Now older and wiser, Brunson thinks a rematch in opposition to “The Last Stylebender” would play out otherwise. He admits his hanging wasn’t significantly sharp in opposition to Till, however stated he got here into the struggle with an injured rib and would hopefully have extra weapons accessible in a championship struggle situation.
“Just really taking my time (would be the difference in an Adesanya rematch),” Brunson stated. “This camp wasn’t as sharp as I wanted to be with my stand up. My stand up is better than I was able to show tonight. I was able to get a few things off on the feet, with an uppercut. I saw some openings, but I was injured for the last three weeks of this camp, so I think with that time to spar and prepare my stand up looks really good and I can pose a threat to Izzy on the feet, and definitely on the ground.”