A pivotal middleweight bout might be headed to Madison Square Garden.
The UFC is targeting Derek Brunson vs. Israel Adesanya for UFC 230 in November, ESPN’s Ariel Helwani reported Wednesday evening. However, as of yet the fight is not finalized.
Brunson has called out “The Last Style Bender” multiple times since Adesanya’s win over Brad Tavares in The Ultimate Fighter 27 Finale main event earlier this month. In a social media post on Tuesday, the middleweight contender said Adesanya talks too much and said their eventual fight will be an “embarrassment party.”
You talk too much. Nov 3, UFC 230 Madison square garden , pull up. This finna be a breeze. The last pretender adesanya @stylebender . ##ExposementParty @AliAbdelaziz00 @danawhite @Mickmaynard2 pic.twitter.com/SBkfnB29MB
— Derek Brunson (@DerekBrunson) July 25, 2018
The following day, Brunson tweeted that he has agreed to the bout for UFC 230. He wondered if Adesanya, who has apparently yet to officially agree to the fight, is “hibernating.”
The last pretender @stylebender what’s up . You talk that loose lips stuff to @arielhelwani, talking about wanting to fight me. I accept Nov 3, UFC 230. I sent you a message a day ago, what are you hibernating. TKO via slam coming. You’ll be humble after this 1!
— Derek Brunson (@DerekBrunson) July 26, 2018
Adesanya responded early Thursday morning.
Derek shit stained balls Brunson…
Your skid row, #bumfights style, drunken wrastlin’, boot leg #chucknorris technique has no power here
Fuck he is so cringe when he tries to smack talk…just ssshhh . I got this!#getthestrap pic.twitter.com/AfOssClWBt
— Israel Adesanya (@stylebender) July 26, 2018
Brunson is coming off a first-round knockout loss to Ronaldo Souza in January. That defeat snapped a two-fight winning streak, which consisted of knockouts over former light heavyweight champ Lyoto Machida and Daniel Kelly.
Adesanya made his UFC debut in February, stopping Mike Wilkinson in the second round at UFC 221. In his sophomore appearance, the New Zealander went to the judges against Marvin Vettori and won a split decision.
Most recently, the undefeated 29-year-old beat veteran Tavares by one-sided decision in what most considered his most complete and impressive Octagon performance to date.
UFC 230 takes place Nov. 3 in New York City. No main event has been announced for the card, but it currently features 185-pound bouts between Luke Rockhold and Chris Weidman, Yoel Romero and Paulo Costa, and “Jacare” and David Branch.
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