Derek Brunson Puts an End to Kevin Holland’s Hype Train

Derek Brunson

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Derek Brunson beat Kevin Holland via unanimous decision on Saturday’s UFC Fight Night event in Las Vegas. You have to out some respect on Brunson’s name, he snapped Holland’s five-fight win streak and pushed his own streak to four. Brunson should get a top guy next.

“I was busy trying to punch him in the face in between him talking, I really couldn’t pick up too much. I just really wanted to punch him in the mouth while he was talking,” Brunson said after the fight.

Derek Brunson is a three-time Division II All-American wrestler from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. After college, he immediately turned his attention to mixed martial arts and made his professional MMA debut at CFP – Carolina’s Summer Fight Series 1 on May 22, 2010 against John Bryant. He won that fight using a rear naked choke in under a minute and then he would win his next five fights, all before 2:30 of the first round.

Brunson debuted with Strikeforce on June 24, 2011 at Strikeforce Challengers 16, beating then-undefeated Jeremy Hamilton via unanimous decision. The 37-year-old has been stalwart of the middleweight top 10 for a long time, facing a who’s who in the division including past fights against Robert Whittaker, Anderson Silva, Lyoto Machida, Ronaldo Souza and Israel Adesanya. Brunson is coming off wins over Elias Theodorou, Ian Heinisch and Edmen Shahbazyan. He stopped Shahbazyan in the third round at UFC Fight Night 173 on August 1.


Born: January 4, 1984

Age: 37

Country: United States

Height: 6’1″

Weight: 186 lbs

Reach: 77″

Stance: Southpaw

Association: Sanford MMA

Class: Middleweight

Record: 22-7

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