After dominant win at UFC Vegas 36, what’s next for Derek Brunson?

Derek Brunson

This past Saturday in the main event of UFC Vegas 36, we saw a middleweight showdown between Derek Brunson (23-7) and Darren Till (18-4-1). Brunson was looking to pick up his fifth consecutive win.

Derek Brunson is the one guy in the UFC I probably underrate more than most. To be completely honest, I’ve picked against him in virtually every fight he’s had in the last few years. When you look at him overall and his skillset, there’s nothing that really wows you.

That said, nobody can deny the improvements he’s made overall since moving to Sanford MMA in Florida. Brunson has gone from a decent middleweight to one of the top contenders in the UFC and he was looking to show that again on Saturday.

In the fight, Till had some good moments on the feet. In fact, Till hurt Brunson in the third round. Brunson doesn’t have the greatest chin and it does seem like he gets hurt in virtually every fight he’s in. However, Brunson does a fantastic job at remaining composed.

Brunson dug deep and was able to secure a takedown after getting rocked by Till. Once the fight was on the ground, it was over from there. Brunson was able to secure a choke and get the submission win at UFC Vegas 36.

What’s next after UFC Vegas 36?

Immediately after picking up the win, Brunson went right over to one of the octagon cameras and made it clear who he wants next. Brunson called out the UFC middleweight champion, Israel Adesanya (21-1).

Worth noting that Adesanya was the last man to beat Brunson. The two men fought in November of 2018 at UFC 230 and the fight was not close. Adesanya completely walked through Brunson and TKO’d him in the first round.

That said, Brunson has looked sensational since. He’s now won five fights in a row and he’s ranked fourth in the middleweight division. Brunson said he would be willing to wait things out for a UFC title shot, but is that wise.

Adesanya’s next challenge is a rematch with Robert Whittaker (23-5). Whittaker is also a past opponent of Brunson’s and like Adesanya, Whittaker knocked Brunson out in the first round. Brunson wants to get both of those fights back.

The next UFC middleweight title fight is likely not going to take place until early 2022. That said, Brunson would have to wait until the late spring or early summer. I don’t think it’s a wise decision and if he’s too passive, he might get passed up.

If you’re asking me, I would tell him to either fight Jared Cannonier (14-5) or the winner of Paulo Costa (13-1) and Marvin Vettori (17-4-1). Brunson shouldn’t have to fight again, but the reality of the situation is that he might have to.

The UFC is going to try and make the biggest title fight possible after Whittaker and Adesanya fight again. If Brunson just sits and waits, he might not get the nod.

After another loss at UFC Vegas 36, what’s next for Darren Till?

This past Saturday in the headliner of UFC Vegas 36, we saw a pivotal matchup in the middleweight division. Top ten contenders and title hopefuls battled it out as Derek Brunson (23-7) took on Darren Till (18-4-1).

Till was making just his third appearance in the UFC‘s middleweight division. The Gorilla started his career in MMA and with the UFC perfect. Till was a perfect 16-0-1 when he got his first title shot back in 2018.

Many would say he was rushed, but Till was ready to challenge for UFC gold. Ultimately, Till was overwhelmed by Tyron Woodley. After that loss, he was knocked out by Jorge Masvidal which caused him to move up in weight.

Till made his debut at middleweight with a win over Kelvin Gastelum. Last year, he lost a close decision to former UFC champion Robert Whittaker to drop him to 1-1 in the class. Saturday was his chance to prove he’s one of the best at 185.

However, the story of UFC Vegas 36 was about Derek Brunson and not about Darren Till. Till only had a few moments in the fight and was ultimately submitted in the third round by the relentless Brunson.

What’s next after UFC Vegas 36?

Darren Till is in a very interesting place after UFC Vegas 36. While he was competitive with Robert Whittaker, he wasn’t very competitive with Derek Brunson who just out-muscled Till for the majority of the fight.

After the loss, Till dropped to eighth in the middleweight division. The loss leaves questions about where Till goes from here. Till is now just 1-4 in his last five UFC fights after starting his career perfect.

Now, Michael Bisping said that Till supposedly tore his ACL ten weeks before the fight. However, after multiple fights fell through, Till didn’t want to pull out of this fight. The injury definitely didn’t help his ability on Saturday night.

The big question is what weight class should Till compete in moving forward. In my opinion, I still think he fits best as a big welterweight. His power plays way up in that weight class and he doesn’t have to worry as much about strength.

Then again, he cut a ton of weight to make 170 so 185 is much healthier. I’m not even sure on an opponent, but I think Till needs to take a step back and regroup. I think the UFC needs to be smart with who they book him against next.

Derek Brunson dominates and submits Darren Till at UFC Vegas 36

Derek Brunson

In the headliner of UFC Vegas 36, we saw a battle of top ten middleweights. Derek Brunson (22-7) was looking to continue his winning streak as he took on the popular Darren Till (18-3-1).

Brunson was looking for his fifth straight win in the UFC today. His career really started to turn around when he made the move to Sanford MMA a couple of years ago.

Back in 2018, Brunson was knocked out by Israel Adesanya. However, since that knockout loss, Brunson has rattled off four consecutive wins including wins over Ian Heinisch, Edmen Shahbazyan, and Kevin Holland.

Standing in his way today was Darren Till. A few years ago, Till was unbeaten and looked like he was going to be a UFC welterweight champion. He got his shot at the 170 pound title in 2018. However, since that fight, he’s just 1-3.

After a knockout loss to Jorge Masvidal, Till moved up to middleweight. He won his first fight against Kelvin Gastelum, but lost a decision to Robert Whittaker last July. He’s been out win injuries since then which has caused the longest layoff in his UFC career.

UFC Vegas 36 Recap

Round 1

The UFC Vegas 36 main event started with a touch of the gloves. Immediate pressure from Darren Till who was looking for his strikes. Sharp left up the middle lands for Till and it forces a sloppy shot from Brunson.

Till shrugs him off and they’re back to striking. Brunson biting hard on the feints of Till early and he eats another crisp left hand. 1-2 down the middle for Till forces a Derek Brunson takedown attempt and Brunson gets Till down.

Brunson immediately works to half guard and starts working on some elbows. Heavy top pressure here from Derek Brunson who’s doing a good job of holding Till down. Big shots land for Brunson. Brunson postures up and blasts Till with more big shots.

Huge elbow lands from Brunson on a damaged eye of Darren Till. Brunson is all over Till here. After a few more big shots, Till is able to force a scramble and he gets back up. The round comes to a close and it’s 1-0 Brunson at UFC Vegas 36.

Round 2

Entering the second here at UFC Vegas 36 and Darren Till has to keep the fight standing. The second round starts with a sloppy shot from Brunson and Till is able to defend. Looping left from Till misses and Brunson uses it to get a body lock.

He tries hard, but Till is able to defend the takedown nicely at first. The two settle into a clinch along the cage. Till separates, but Brunson immediately shoots again. Again, Till is able to defend the takedown and the two separate.

Nice uppercut lands for Derek Brunson and he chains it into a takedown attempt and is once again able to get Till down. Brunson settles into the half guard, but in this round there’s not a lot of ground strikes being thrown.

The referee looks like he might be looking at standing this up and Brunson throws an elbow to stay active. The control of Brunson has been dominating so far through two rounds. The round comes to a close and it’s easily 2-0 Brunson at UFC Vegas 36.

Round 3

Entering the third here at UFC Vegas 36 and it’s starting to look like Till needs a miracle. Till tries to open with strikes, but he’s really far out of range. Nice left lands for Till, but it didn’t appear to land enough to hurt Brunson.

Low kick lands for Till and when Brunson goes for a clinch, he lands a knee. Brunson tries to push forward, but Till keeps him away. Another good knee lands for Till. Till hurts Brunson and he’s wobbly.

Till pushes forward, but he’s a bit off-balance. He’s overaggressive and Brunson gets a takedown. Till tries to scramble and Brunson ends up in mount. When Till tries to move, Brunson takes his back. Almost immediately he locks in a rear naked choke and Till taps.

Derek Brunson def. Darren Till by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) – Round 3

UFC Vegas 36 Preview: Derek Brunson – Darren Till

Tomorrow night in the headliner of UFC Vegas 36, we have a battle of top ten middleweights. Derek Brunson (22-7) will be looking to continue his winning streak as he takes on the popular Darren Till (18-3-1).

Brunson will be looking for his fifth straight win in the UFC tomorrow night. His career really started to turn around when he made the move to Sanford MMA a couple of years ago.

Back in 2018, Brunson was knocked out by Israel Adesanya. However, since that knockout loss, Brunson has rattled off four consecutive wins including wins over Ian Heinisch, Edmen Shahbazyan, and Kevin Holland.

Standing in his way tomorrow is Darren Till. A few years ago, Till was unbeaten and looked like he was going to be a UFC welterweight champion. He got his shot at the 170 pound title in 2018. However, since that fight, he’s just 1-3.

After a knockout loss to Jorge Masvidal, Till moved up to middleweight. He won his first fight against Kelvin Gastelum, but lost a decision to Robert Whittaker last July. He’s been out win injuries since then which has caused the longest layoff in his UFC career.

UFC Vegas 36 Preview

What makes the UFC Vegas 36 main event difficult for me is Derek Brunson. When I look at Derek Brunson the fighter, there’s really nothing about him that blows me away. Over the last few years, I find myself picking against him in almost every fight.

He doesn’t have good striking, he doesn’t chain things together well, and he doesn’t have the best chin. All that being said, he continues to prove me wrong and he’s continued to win. However, can he do that at UFC Vegas 36.

In this matchup, I really like the style of Darren Till. I believe Till is going to be able to hurt Brunson on the feet and I do think he can keep the fight up enough to do damage. That said, I think Brunson will be able to get some takedowns in here and there.

I think this fight is ultimately going to get stopped. In the third round, I expect a sloppy shot from Brunson is going to be met with a flush counter from Till. In Till’s UFC return, I’m expecting a statement finish. Then again, Brunson has a habit of proving me wrong.

Prediction: Darren Till by TKO – Round 3

After defeating Kelvin Gastelum at UFC Vegas 34, what’s next for Jared Cannonier?

This past Saturday at UFC Vegas 34, we saw a big time matchup in the middleweight division headline the card. Jared Cannonier (14-5) was taking on former Ultimate Fighter winner Kelvin Gastelum (17-8, 1 NC).

Both men entered the contest with a lot to prove. Gastelum was at the top of the division just a couple of years ago but he’s recently fallen on hard times. The former TUF winner was entering Saturday just 1-4 in his last five.

Jared Cannonier was looking to get back into the UFC title picture himself. Last year, Cannonier was being called out by Israel Adesanya. However, before Cannonier could get a UFC title shot against Adesanya, he had to defeat former champion Robert Whittaker.

Cannonier ultimately came up short against Whittaker and never got that shot at Adesanya. With the stakes high for both men, UFC Vegas 34 looked like it was going to deliver a great main event.

The main event did deliver a solid contest. Cannonier and Gastelum fought a very close fight throughout. However, it was Cannonier who was landing the more forceful shots throughout and even dropping Gastelum once. Gastelum’s corner thought he won, but all three judges gave the fight to the Killa Gorilla which was the right call.

What’s next after UFC Vegas 34?

After the event, Cannonier said that he wanted to be active and get a fight when he can. Fortunately for him, the UFC has a few big middleweight fights coming up that could provide the perfect opponent.

One fight to watch out for is the UFC Vegas 36 headliner between Darren Till (18-3-1) and Derek Brunson (22-7). These two contenders are both ranked inside the top ten and whoever wins next Saturday will likely be in the top five.

Pairing Cannonier with the winner would potentially give the UFC middleweight champion a fresh contender. Another main event to watch out for is the headliner between Paulo Costa (13-1) and Marvin Vettori (17-4-1).

Both of those men are coming off losses in UFC title shots. They, like Cannonier, are at the very top of the division. The winner of this matchup would provide the highest ranked opponent for Cannonier, but with them not fighting until October, there will be more of a delay.

If Cannonier is really wanting to be active, next weekend’s main event is the one to watch. If either Till or Brunson come out clean with a victory, the UFC could pair them up with Cannonier at the end of the year.

UFC booking headliner between Darren Till and Derek Brunson

The UFC is making moves tonight and they’ve finalized another headliner for August. Dana White told ESPN’s Brett Okamoto this evening that the promotion has finalized a middleweight headliner between Darren Till (18-3-1) and Derek Brunson (22-7).

The matchup will take place on August 14th. This is the second middleweight main event that the promotion has finalized. It was also just reported that Paulo Costa and Jared Cannonier would headline a Fight Night the following week. 

This headlining spot is huge for Derek Brunson. Brunson has been a bit of a Gate Keeper for the UFC‘s middleweight division over the last year and a half. First, Brunson was tasked with taking on Ian Heinisch when he was a surging contender.

Brunson dispatched of Heinisch. Then, the UFC had Brunson take on The Golden Boy, Edmen Shahbazyan. Shahbazyan was being looked at as the next big thing, but again, Brunson was able to stop the hype train.

Then, the UFC had Brunson take on Kevin Holland in March. Holland went a perfect 5-0 in 2020 and looked like someone the promotion was really going to push. Well, Brunson dominated the fight to win his fourth straight.

After beating top prospects, Brunson is finally getting a crack at a big name and in a big spot. Darren Till has a ton of name recognition and a win over Till puts Brunson squarely in the title picture.

UFC return for Till

Darren Till was supposed to headline a card last month with Marvin Vettori. However, shortly before fight week, Till broke his collarbone and was forced out of the fight. Kevin Holland stepped in to take his place.

We haven’t seen Till since the UFC’s first trip to Fight Island. Last July, Till fought former middleweight champion Robert Whittaker. Till was able to hurt Whittaker early in that fight, but ultimately Whittaker got the decision victory.

This main event in August will be just the third middleweight fight for Darren Till in the UFC. After struggling for years to make 170, Till moved up to 185 to start fresh. He’s gone 1-1 so far with his win coming against Kelvin Gastelum.

What’s next for Uriah Hall after UFC 261?

This past Saturday at UFC 261, we saw the middleweight rematch between Chris Weidman (15-6) and Uriah Hall (17-9). The two men met for the first time in 2010 with Weidman picking up the TKO victory.

While both men are the same age, their careers appear to be heading in opposite directions. Ever since Chris Weidman lost the UFC title a few years ago, he hasn’t been the same guy. Weidman had been knocked out five times in his last seven fights.

Meanwhile, Hall looked like he was finally living up to his UFC potential. Primetime had won three fights in a row leading up to UFC 261. A decisive win over Weidman would likely have earned Hall a top five opponent in his next fight.

While I thought Hall would pick up the win on Saturday night, I never thought I’d see what I saw. Weidman came forward and pawed his jab to start the fight. The first big strike thrown was a heavy leg kick from Weidman.

Hall perfectly checked the kick and Weidman’s leg snapped. Weidman folded back over it and the fight was called 17 seconds in. Hall became the first person in UFC history to pickup a win without landing a single strike.

What’s next after UFC 261?

Although it doesn’t feel like a win, at the end of the day, UFC 261 was still a win for Uriah Hall. Now, Primetime has won four fights in a row and he finds himself ranked eighth in the middleweight division.

In looking at the middleweight rankings, there is one fight that jumps off the page for me if the UFC can make it happen. That fight would be pairing Uriah Hall against England’s Darren Till (18-3-1).

Till was originally supposed to fight Marvin Vettori earlier this month but a broken collarbone forced him out of the fight. Till is currently ranked sixth in the middleweight division and he’s coming off of a close loss to Robert Whittaker.

I think this would be a fantastic matchup for the UFC to make. Both men have exciting styles and it would be fun to watch these technical strikers go head-to-head. Anyone in the top eight makes sense for Hall, but this is the matchup I want to see next.

Kevin Holland steps in to take on Marvin Vettori at UFC Vegas 23

Kevin Holland

UFC Vegas 23 has a new headliner. Kevin Holland (21-6) broke the news on his Twitter page today that he is stepping in for Darren Till to take on Marvin Vettori (16-4-1) in the main event.

Just a couple of days ago, we learned that Darren Till broke his collarbone and had to pull out of the main event. The UFC immediately started looking for replacements and Holland offered his services.

Holland just fought back at UFC Vegas 22 a couple of weeks ago. The Trailblazer took on Derek Brunson in the main event. Holland entered the contest having gone 5-0 in the UFC during 2020.

Had Holland won a couple of weeks ago, he’d be right in the title picture. However, that didn’t happen. Derek Brunson used his wrestling to put a stop to the Kevin Holland hype train.

After the fight was over, Holland said he was contemplating a move to the UFC‘s welterweight division. However, when Till pulled out of next weekend’s main event, he saw it as a perfect bounce back opportunity.

UFC Vegas 23’s New Headliner

Marvin Vettori is no stranger to last minute opponent changes. If you recall, Vettori was actually supposed to take on Jacare Souza back at UFC 256 and Kevin Holland was supposed to take on Jack Hermansson.

However, Holland tested positive for COVID and needed to be pushed back. The UFC put Vettori in to face Hermansson and they gave Jacare Souza to Kevin Holland. Both Vettori and Holland won impressively.

The Italian Dream has won four in a row since his split decision loss to UFC middleweight champion, Israel Adesanya. Every time Vettori enters the octagon, he’s showed a ton of improvement.

He’s proved himself and shown that he’s going to be a dangerous contender at 185 pounds. This is a huge fight for both men. If Holland wins, he gains back all the ground that he lost at UFC Vegas 22.

On the flip side, if Vettori wins, it would be his fifth win in a row. The UFC would likely put Vettori in a title eliminator which means he would be only one win away from a shot at the middleweight title. Should be a fun buildup to next weekend’s new main event.

BREAKING: UFC headliner between Marvin Vettori and Darren Till is off

A pivotal headliner in the UFC‘s middleweight division is off. ESPN’s Ariel Helwani was the first to report that the upcoming headliner between Darren Till (18-3-1) and Marvin Vettori (16-4-1) is off.

Darren Till suffered an injury to his collarbone and had to pull out of the fight on April 10th. This is the second straight headlining matchup that Till has had to pull out of.

Marvin Vettori took to Twitter and said that he is willing to fight anyone who’s willing to step in on two weeks notice. At this time, the UFC is currently exploring replacement options to keep Vettori in the headliner.

This Fight Night was set to be the second UFC Fight Night on ABC. The matchup was pivotal given the fluid middleweight division. The winner could have produced the next title challenger for Israel Adesanya.

UFC’s Options

The UFC had huge middleweight matchups booked for April and two headliners have been called off. On April 17th, Robert Whittaker and Paulo Costa were set to fight in a title eliminator.

However, Costa had to pull out of the fight. Now, that event was saved as Kelvin Gastelum stepped up to take on Whittaker on short notice. Now, the UFC has to try and find a new opponent for The Italian Dream.

So what options are available to the UFC? I doubt this is a possibility, but the promotion could always give Derek Brunson (22-7) a call. Brunson just won a headliner against Kevin Holland (22-6) 10 days ago, but that was his fourth win in a row.

If he’s willing to do a Donald Cerrone-like turnaround, this is the matchup that makes the most sense from a rankings perspective. Holland has also said he would step in on Twitter. The only other option could be either Chris Weidman (15-5) or Uriah Hall (16-9).

Those two are scheduled to fight at UFC 261 so one of them could choose to step up and take the main event spot. This situation is very fluid and it’s one to keep your eyes on over the next few hours.

UFC books headliner between Darren Till and Marvin Vettori

The UFC is making moves with their middleweight division. Last night, we learned that the promotion had finalized a bout between Paulo Costa and Robert Whittaker that would headline a Fight Night on April 17th. 

Today, ESPN’s Brett Okamoto was the first to report that the UFC has finalized another incredible middleweight matchup. On April 10th, Darren Till (18-3-1) and Marvin Vettori (16-4-1) will headline another Fight Night.

This is going to be a massive seven day stretch for the middleweight division. Darren Till last fought back in July when he took on former UFC champion, Robert Whittaker (22-5).

The fight was extremely close, but Whittaker pulled out a decision. Till was originally supposed to headline a card against Jack Hermansson (21-6) in December, however he ended up injured and the promotion moved to Kevin Holland (21-5).

However, Holland ended up testing positive for COVID and he was pulled from that fight. That is when Marvin Vettori stepped into the picture. Vettori had another fight booked, but stepped up for the UFC and took that fight against Hermansson.

UFC’s Middleweight Division

Marvin Vettori looked sensational in December when he fought Hermansson. In his first UFC headliner, Vettori dropped and hurt Hermansson early on. He went on to dominate the fight for all five rounds.

The win was a massive statement and the fourth straight for Vettori. Vettori now finds himself fourth in the UFC’s middleweight rankings one spot behind Darren Till. However, Vettori has expressed frustrations with being ranked behind Till.

Nevertheless, now the two will get a chance to prove who is the better fighter. As mentioned, this is a huge seven day stretch for the middleweight division. Let us not forget that Kevin Holland and Derek Brunson (21-7) are also headlining a Fight Night on March 20th. 

This stretch from March through April has big implications for the middleweight division. Israel Adesanya (20-0) is moving up to challenge for the light heavyweight title, however, upon his return to middleweight, there should be a lot of clarity with all these matchups.