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Derek Brunson

Derek Brunson

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  • Given Name: Derek T. Brunson
  • MMA Record: 18-5-0 (Win-Loss-Draw)
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  • Current Streak: 2 Wins
  • Age: 33 | Date of Birth: 1984.01.04
  • Last Fight: October 28, 2017 in UFC
  • Weight Class: Middleweight | Last Weigh-In: 185.0 lbs
  • Affiliation: Jackson Wink MMA
  • Height: 6'1" (186cm) | Reach: 78.0" (198cm)
  • Career Disclosed Earnings: $320,000 USD
  • Born: Wilmington, North Carolina, United States
  • Fighter Pages: Sherdog  |  Wikipedia  |  The UG  |  UFC.com
  • Fighting out of: Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Personal Pages: Twitter  |  Facebook  |  Official Site
  • College: University of North Carolina at Pembroke
  • Foundation Style: Wrestling

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Derek Brunson MMA Fight Record

Record by Year and By Promotion

Pro Results Opponent Event Date
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
2:30 Round 1 of 5

Br Lyoto Machida
17-5-0 22-7-0

Br UFC Fight Night 119: Machida vs. Brunson
Main Event | Middleweight | 185 lbs

2017.10.28
Odds: -155 (Slight Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $50,000 Perf/Night | Weigh-In: 185.0 lbs (83.9 kgs) | Referee: Osiris Maia
UFC Fight Night 119 Performance of the Night
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
1:16 Round 1 of 3

Au Daniel Kelly
16-5-0 13-1-0

Nz UFC Fight Night 110: Lewis vs. Hunt
Co-Main Event | Middleweight | 185 lbs

2017.06.10
Odds: -270 (Moderate Favorite) | Weigh-In: 186.0 lbs (84.4 kgs) | Referee: John Sharp
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Br Anderson Silva
16-4-0 33-8-0

Us UFC 208: Holm vs. de Randamie
Co-Main Event | Middleweight | 185 lbs

2017.02.11
Odds: -125 (Slight Favorite) | Weigh-In: 186.0 lbs (84.4 kgs) | Referee: Yves Lavigne
Loss | KO/TKO | Strikes
4:07 Round 1 of 5

Au Robert Whittaker
16-3-0 16-4-0

Au UFC Fight Night 101: Whittaker vs. Brunson
Main Event | Middleweight | 185 lbs

2016.11.26
Odds: -115 (Near Even) | Disclosed Pay: $50,000 Fight/Night | Weigh-In: 186.0 lbs (84.4 kgs) | Referee: Herb Dean
#27 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2016
UFC Fight Night 101 Fight of the Night
UFC Fight Night 101 Performance of the Night
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
1:41 Round 1 of 3

Jm Uriah Hall
15-3-0 12-6-0

Us UFC Fight Night 94: Poirier vs. Johnson
Co-Main Event | Middleweight | 185 lbs

2016.09.17
Odds: -170 (Slight Favorite) | Weigh-In: 186.0 lbs (84.4 kgs) | Referee: Herb Dean
Cancelled Bout Gegard Mousasi UFC 200 2016.07.09
Reason: Brunson Injury
Win | KO/TKO
2:38 Round 1 of 3

Br Roan Carneiro
14-3-0 20-9-0

Us UFC Fight Night 83: Cowboy vs. Cowboy
Co-Main Event | Middleweight | 185 lbs

2016.02.21
Odds: -385 (Moderate Favorite) | Weigh-In: 186.0 lbs (84.4 kgs) | Referee: Keith Peterson
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
2:19 Round 1 of 3

Us Sam Alvey
13-3-0 26-6-0

Us UFC Fight Night 73: Teixeira vs. St. Preux
Main Card | Middleweight | 185 lbs

2015.08.08
Odds: -400 (Heavy Favorite) | Weigh-In: 186.0 lbs (84.4 kgs) | Referee: Herb Dean
Cancelled Bout Krzysztof Jotko UFC UFN 69 2015.06.20
Reason: Brunson Rib Injury
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
0:36 Round 1 of 3

Us Ed Herman
12-3-0 21-10-0

Us UFC 183: Silva vs. Diaz
Preliminary Card | Middleweight | 185 lbs

2015.01.31
Odds: -700 (Huge Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $50,000 ($25K Base, $25K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 186.0 lbs (84.4 kgs) | Referee: Mark Smith
Cancelled Bout Ed Herman UFC on FOX 13 2014.12.13
Reason: Brunson Illness
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Us Lorenz Larkin
11-3-0 14-3-0

Us UFC 177: Dillashaw vs. Soto
Preliminary Card | Middleweight | 185 lbs

2014.08.30
Odds: -165 (Slight Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $44,000 ($22K Base, $22K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 186.0 lbs (84.4 kgs) | Referee: Herb Dean | Walkout Music: Future - Go Harder
Cancelled Bout Lorenz Larkin UFC 176 2014.08.02
Reason: Event Cancelled
Loss | KO/TKO | Strikes
3:23 Round 3 of 3, 13:23 Total

Cu Yoel Romero
11-2-0 6-1-0

Us UFC Fight Night 35: Rockhold vs. Philippou
Main Card | Middleweight | 185 lbs

2014.01.15
Odds: +190 (Slight Underdog) | Disclosed Pay: $69,000 ($19K Base, $50K Fight/Night) | Weigh-In: 185.0 lbs (83.9 kgs) | Referee: Blake Grice
#13 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2014
#22 Best MMA Knockout of the Year 2014
UFC Fight Night 35 Fight of the Night
Win | Submission | Choke
0:48 Round 1 of 3

Us Brian Houston
10-2-0 4-0-0

Us UFC Fight Night 31: Fight for the Troops 3
Preliminary Card | Middleweight | 185 lbs

2013.11.06
Odds: -175 (Slight Favorite) | Weigh-In: 186.0 lbs (84.4 kgs) | Referee: Gary Copeland
Cancelled Bout Antônio Braga Neto UFC UFN 31 2013.11.06
Reason: Neto Injury
Cancelled Bout Yoel Romero UFC 164 2013.08.31
Reason: Brunson Injury
Cancelled Bout Ronny Markes UFC on FUEL TV 10 2013.06.08
Reason: Markes Car Accident
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Us Chris Leben
9-2-0 22-8-0

Us UFC 155: Dos Santos vs. Velasquez 2
Main Card | Middleweight | 185 lbs

2012.12.29
Odds: +135 (Slight Underdog) | Disclosed Pay: $30,000 ($13K Base, $17K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 185.0 lbs (83.9 kgs) | Referee: Herb Dean
Loss | KO/TKO | Punches
0:41 Round 1 of 3

Br Ronaldo Souza
9-1-0 15-3-0

Us Strikeforce: Rousey vs. Kaufman
Co-Main Event | Middleweight | 185 lbs

2012.08.18
Odds: +325 (Moderate Underdog) | Disclosed Pay: $13,000 Base | Weigh-In: 186.0 lbs (84.4 kgs) | Referee: Mike Beltran
Loss | Decision | Split
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Us Kendall Grove
9-0-0 14-10-0

Us ShoFight 20
Co-Main Event | Vacant Title | Middleweight | 190

2012.06.16
Weigh-In: 189.4 lbs (85.9 kgs)
Cancelled Bout Ronaldo Souza Strikeforce 2012.03.03
Reason: Brunson Failed Eye Exam
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Us Nate James
8-0-0 13-7-1

Us Strikeforce Challengers 20: Britt vs. Sayers
Main Card | Middleweight | 185 lbs

2011.11.18
Odds: -440 (Heavy Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $9,000 ($4,500 Base, $4,500 Bonus) | Weigh-In: 186.0 lbs (84.4 kgs) | Referee: Kim Winslow
Win | Submission | Choke
4:33 Round 1 of 3

Us Lumumba Sayers
7-0-0 4-1-0

Us Strikeforce: Fedor vs Henderson
Preliminary Card | Middleweight | 185 lbs

2011.07.30
Weigh-In: 186.0 lbs (84.4 kgs) | Referee: John McCarthy
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Us Jeremy Hamilton
6-0-0 10-0-0

Us Strikeforce Challengers 16: Fodor vs. Terry
Preliminary Card | Middleweight | 185 lbs

2011.06.24
Disclosed Pay: $5,000 ($2,500 Base, $2,500 Bonus) | Weigh-In: 186.0 lbs (84.4 kgs)
Win | KO/TKO | Punch

Us Danny Babcock

Us World Extreme Fighting

2011.01.22
Win | Submission | Punches

Us Rhomez Brower

Us North Carolina Regional

2010.12.03
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
0:14 Round 1 of 3

Us Todd Chattelle
3-0-0 6-5-0

Us ICE Fighter: Fright Night 2010
Main Card

2010.10.29
Referee: Dan Miragliotta
Win | KO/TKO | Punches

Us Edward Jackson

Us Carolina Fight Promotions

2010.07.30
Win | KO/TKO | Punches

Us Chris McNally

Us Carolina Fight Promotions

2010.06.26
Win | Submission | Choke

Us John Bryant

Us Carolina Fight Promotions

2010.05.22
Amateur Results Opponent Event Date
Win | KO/TKO

Us Shawn Tavares

Us Carolina Fight Promotions

2010.02.27
Win | KO/TKO

Steve Bontatibus

Us Carolina Fight Promotions

2010.01.23

Derek Brunson Wiki Update Wiki

Derek Brunson is an American middleweight fighter currently signed to the UFC. He fights out of Renzo Gracie's academy in New York and Jackson's MMA in New Mexico. He has fought for promotions such as Shofight and Strikeforce and holds notable wins over Lumumba Sayers and Chris Leben. Of his eleven wins, eight have been stoppages with equal numbers of submissions and T/KOs. He has won the "Fight of the Night" bonus one time.


Brunson is a former NCAA division ll wrestler turned mixed martial artist. He wrestled in college for the University of North Carolina at Pembroke where he was a three time All American. His nickname of "the human blanket" comes from his wrestling base. After college, Brunson immediately took up MMA, training at Renzo Gracie's Jiu Jitsu academy. He won his first six fights on the local circuit, five of which were by strikes. He eventually moved his camp to Jackson's MMA.


In 2011, Brunson debuted in Strikeforce. He went on to win his first three fights with the promotion. He was next supposed to fight Ronaldo Souza but the Ohio State Athletic commission would not allow him to fight with contact lenses as he had done in previous fights. He immediately had LASIK eye surgery to remove the need to wear contacts. He fought once outside of Strikeforce which resulted in a controversial decision loss to UFC veteran Kendall Grove. He returned to Strikeforce in August 2012, again scheduled against Ronaldo Souza. He would lose to the former Strikeforce champion by strikes in the first minute of the fight.


He was supposed to debut with the UFC on the seventeenth season of The Ultimate Fighter but on the first day of filming, he was pulled from the cast due to his Strikeforce contract linked to Showtime which he they would not release him from. He filled in for an injured Karlos Vemola against Chris Leben at UFC 155, his UFC debut. In the fight were he was an underdog, he surprised many by earning a decision victory against the long time UFC employee. He next took on the debuting Brian Houston at UFC: Fight for the Troops 3. After rocking Houston almost immediately with a head kick, he was able to sink in a rear naked choke to get the submission win. He would get back to action two months later when he was matched up with Yoel Romero at UFC Fight Night 35, but this time he would lose a back and forth fight by TKO with less than two minutes left in the fight. Both fighters were awarded the "Fight of the Night" bonus for their performance.


Brunson would get back in the win column with a Unanimous Decision over Lorenz Larkin at UFC 177.

Last updated 09.09.2014, 11:14 AM ET
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