Derek Brunson got his strength from cheerleading


Saturday night at UFC 155 Derek Brunson will fight Chris Leben. Leben's bumpy road through the fighting life is well chronicled, but Brunson's is in its way compelling as well.

Brunson route to MMA was through wrestling, and cheerleading.

In a recent interview with Ariel Helwani, Brunson discussed his unusual background.

"I was like tossing girls in the air - that's where I got my strength from, just controlling girls in the air. You get core strength, your chest gets all big. It makes you really strong, like you look on steroids, but you don't have to take steroids because of cheerleading."

"Cheerleading is definitely hard on your body. That's why I decided to wrestle in college, not cheerlead."

In his TUF audition video, Brunson shows extraordinary stength, tossing a standing cheerleader from hand to hand (2:30 mark).


tags: UFC 155   Derek Brunson (detail)  video   


Get the MMA Underground app. for iPhone and Andriod devices.
iPhone Application Andriod MMA Underground Application

Recent Comments »

Enemies site profile image  

12/28/12 11:37 PM by Enemies

2nd openly gay fighter.Just kidding.Maybe.

Kings21 site profile image  

12/28/12 7:37 PM by Kings21


j2b site profile image  

12/28/12 6:44 PM by j2b

It's also where he meet his boyfriend

The_KoJ site profile image  

12/28/12 6:21 PM by The_KoJ


NINERS76 site profile image  

12/28/12 6:01 PM by NINERS76

He is going to surprise alot of people Saturday. I can see this going 2 ways 1. Leben lands big shot early and KOs him or Derek hits some takedown and tires Leben out and get the decision. This will be a good fight. This is a big opportunity for him. I remember when Leben welcomed somone to the UFC and got tore up. Best of luck

bigdee1983420 site profile image  

12/28/12 4:28 PM by bigdee1983420

Representing my home state of North Carolina! Derek's last fight he made a mistake coming in wild with Jacare. He sticks with it,sharpens his tools at Jackson's. Hes got a bright future in my opinion.

MMALOGIC site profile image  

12/28/12 2:05 PM by MMALOGIC

too bad showtime cock blocked his tuf spot.

MMALOGIC site profile image  

12/28/12 2:04 PM by MMALOGIC

when you take a fight on short notice it does...

beastrosoup site profile image  

12/28/12 1:53 PM by beastrosoup

Nothing personal but I would love to see a gif of the grandma in wedding crashers at the dinner table

fightsfan site profile image  

12/28/12 1:53 PM by fightsfan

Does he incorporate any Cheerleading moves into his MMA, ie. like a Herkie transition into a guillotine choke?Cheerleaders have high rate of bad injuries, so MMA safer in some ways.There was another fighter who was former Cheerleader, KIt cope maybe.