From UFC 295 to free agency to PFL championships
A few weeks ago Derek Brunson was a top ten UFC middleweight gearing up to face Roman Dolidze at UFC 295. A win there could have squashed an upstart contender and put Brunson up towards the top five and striking distance of UFC champ Sean Strickland (one of the few 185 lbers Brunson has not fought in the promotion).
However, that booking was scrapped and Brunson was surprisingly cut from the promotion. Seemingly the fighter and the promotion had agreed to part ways. That’s something that happens easily if the promotion doesn’t want to keep you. If the promotion wants you to stay, you need to fight like hell to get out (just ask Francis Ngannou).
Brunson has now popped up in PFL, like the aforementioned Ngannou, and he’s landed a fight on the championship card against a two time million dollar winner.
Derek Brunson’s first PFL opponent revealed
Brunson comes to the PFL with a 23-9 pro record and a who’s who list of opponents that includes Israel Adesanya, Anderson Silva, Lyoto Machida, Robert Whittaker, Dricus du Plessis, Kevin Holland, Yoel Romero and Jacare Souza.
He left the UFC after back-to-back stoppage losses to Jared Cannonier and Du Plessis. That snapped a five fight winning streak for the 39-year-old.
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