Brunson suffers broken jaw in loss


Derek Brunson and Yoel Romero gave fans the Fight of the Night, and earned an extra $50,000 each in the process. But in the process, Brunson suffered a broken jaw.

"Just went to the hospital to see @DerekBrunsonMMA," tweeted UFC president Dana White. "He has a fractured jaw. He is waiting to have surgery.”

Brunson won the first two rounds, and Romero knew it.

“I knew I had to keep moving and that a fight is never over," said Romero. "I could tell he didn’t like getting hit, so I felt eventually if I could land some shots, I would finish the fight.”

And so he did. In the third Romero landed some clean shots and took it to the ground. Brunson's mouthpiece got disloged, and some big shots landed before elbows to the body finished it. In the event of a mouthpiece getting disloged, referees are instructed to return it, if they can do so without interfering with the course of the fight. This is tough to do mid GnP, and is a likely cause of the injury.

Post fight Brunson tweeted a positive message.

Derek Brunson @DerekBrunsonMMA
Fought 1 of the best guys in the world. Silver medalist in Olympic wrestling who I took down three times. Wasn't my night I'll be back. God bless

UG Blog will update this space when further information is available on Brunson’s condition.


tags: UFN 35   Derek Brunson (detail)  Yoel Romero (detail)  


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Bucephalus site profile image  

1/16/14 8:17 PM by Bucephalus

Many people argue about when night turns to day or day turns to night. That's understandable. But some can't seem tell the difference between the two. That's a problem.

hellride site profile image  

1/16/14 6:14 PM by hellride

That Romero is a powerhouse.

KingofBJJ site profile image  

1/16/14 6:11 PM by KingofBJJ

Jesus some of guys whine like a bunch of girls (maybe you are?). You butthurt when the ref stops it too soon. You butthurt when the ref waits too long to stop it.There is no pleasing you.

ChucoV site profile image  

1/16/14 4:38 PM by ChucoV

Brunson definitely made me into a fan this fight though. Can't wait to see him compete again.

Il Duce site profile image  

1/16/14 4:17 PM by Il Duce

Fire that ref. No idea when the fracture happened, but the dude blew it big time.

Bucephalus site profile image  

1/16/14 3:51 PM by Bucephalus

I'm pretty sure his jaw was broken by one of the shots landed when he was on the ground at the end. Brutal power displayed by Romero.

GarlicSenior site profile image  

1/16/14 3:41 PM by GarlicSenior

Great fight from both dudes. Any word on why that ref hates Brunson so much?

thatdude21601 site profile image  

1/16/14 2:39 PM by thatdude21601

Brunson was winning on all the judges cards before the third round. Impressive comeback for Romero too.

MySonTommyGunn site profile image  

1/16/14 2:39 PM by MySonTommyGunn

That rough, chin up brother.

rioz17 site profile image  

1/16/14 2:25 PM by rioz17

Wasnt a fan after the leben fight but the dude has heart to take all the punishment he did