- 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.
- Brunson rebounded from a pair of losses in 2018 with a three-fight winning streak, most recently beating Edmen Shahbazyan by TKO in August. Holland is riding an even more impressive streak, winning five fights in a row in 2020, finishing his opponent early in four of those, including three first-round victories.
- Brunson was a 3-time Division II All-American wrestler from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. When he finished college he immediately turned his attention to mixed martial arts. He trains at Renzo Gracie Jiu-Jitsu and Jackson’s MMA along with Jon Jones. Mixed martial arts career.
'I came into MMA and I had a strong core and a lot flexibility. I could put myself in a lot of different positions when it comes to scrambling.' - Derek Brunson
Derek Brunson's Martial Art Background
Brown belt under Renzo Gracie BJJ
5dimes customer service number. 3x D2 NCAA All American (2003, 2005, 2006)
2002 NC State Champion in Freestyle & Greco
Tied for the most 1st round finishes in UFC history
2nd most knockouts at the Middleweight Division in UFC history
“Mistakes are always forgivable, if one has the courage to admit them.” - Bruce Lee
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Golden Gloves Boxing
3x 1st place
1x 2nd place
'I do not want to live a long life, but a full life' - Jim Elliot
“Just being able to make a living fighting and doing something I love and something that comes naturally to me.” - James Brown
James Brown's Martial Art Background
2nd Don Taekwondo Black Belt
2nd Don Hapkido Black Belt
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu - Blue Belt
Undefeated MMA Amateur
Hundred plus Taekwondo/Karate Point Sparring Gold Metals
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Vincent Moreli's Martial Art Background
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu - Purple Belt
10+ years Kickboxing
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Derek Brunson will look to derail another hype train when he faces one of sport’s biggest rising stars.
Derek Brunson Vs Edmen Shahbazyan Mmashare
After bouncing Edmen Shahbazyan out of the ranks of the unbeaten in August, Brunson (21-7 MMA, 12-5 UFC) will headline UFC Fight Night on March 20 when he takes on Kevin Holland.
Brunson has competed against a who’s who of the UFC’s middleweight class, but has found motivation in taking on the young guns of the division. Holland may have had an incredible 2020 – including a knockout over Ronaldo Souza – but Brunson expects to have the advantage over him on fight night.
“I see myself just putting it on Holland,” Brunson told Mike Swick on the “Real Quick” podcast. “I don’t really see any one place that he’s better than me. His cardio is not better than mine, his wrestling isn’t better than mine, his striking isn’t better than mine, his BJJ isn’t better than mine.”
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The pair share a prior history, as Brunson explains that he tried to recruit Holland (21-5 MMA, 8-2 UFC) as a training partner when he was preparing to face Israel Adesanya at UFC 230 in November 2018. He claims that a young Holland went from showering him with praise to calling him out on numerous occasions just a couple of years later.
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“He’s been calling me out for the past three fights,” Brunson said. “And it’s funny, because I was gonna fly him in to train with me for Izzy and I think at this point I was like, ‘Man, you look good out there, good job.’ He was like, ‘Oh man, it’s just a blessing. It’s such an honor to have a UFC guy talking to me,’ and then he went from that to calling me out, so I’m all about it.”