UnderGround Forums
 

UnderGround Forums >> Derek Brunson got his strength from cheerleading


12/28/12 10:52 AM
Ignore | Vote Down | Vote Up
Underground Blog
927 The total sum of your votes up and votes down Send Private Message Add Comment To Profile

Member Since: 12/3/08
Posts: 10891
MixedMartialArts.com
 

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).


12/28/12 11:10 AM
Ignore | Quote | Vote Down | Vote Up
sk8actr
15 The total sum of your votes up and votes down Send Private Message Add Comment To Profile

Member Since: 1/1/01
Posts: 856
Great new fighter!
12/28/12 11:14 AM
Ignore | Quote | Vote Down | Vote Up
mmavixen
1091 The total sum of your votes up and votes down Send Private Message Add Comment To Profile

Member Since: 12/28/10
Posts: 6956

As a former cheerleader, I can attest to the fact that male cheerleaders are some of the stronget guys ever.  He's not BS'ing...

12/28/12 11:17 AM
Ignore | Quote | Vote Down | Vote Up
ufc98newb
84 The total sum of your votes up and votes down Send Private Message Add Comment To Profile

Member Since: 9/26/10
Posts: 1863

That's awesome! Reminds me of a kid on my track team who went to states in the 400m his 10th grade year, sucked jr year, became a cheerleader after that and came back his senior year looking like he'd spent 8 months in the weightroom, and dominated again to get to states. but it wasn't any weightroom at all, it was all cheerleading. 

12/28/12 11:26 AM
Ignore | Quote | Vote Down | Vote Up
N5Z
5 The total sum of your votes up and votes down Send Private Message Add Comment To Profile

Member Since: 7/10/09
Posts: 372
The kid seemed very nice and unassuming when I met him despite it not being a good night for him. Not a big fan of his style or camp but will be rooting for him. Nice kid. Phone Post
12/28/12 11:36 AM
Ignore | Quote | Vote Down | Vote Up
The Swinging Richard
370 The total sum of your votes up and votes down Send Private Message Add Comment To Profile

Member Since: 7/8/06
Posts: 6495
I can't wait to see him and Leben locked in a cage Saturday night.
12/28/12 11:38 AM
Ignore | Quote | Vote Down | Vote Up
Bry Bry
Send Private Message Add Comment To Profile

Member Since: 1/1/01
Posts: 19863
i can see him beating leben..
12/28/12 12:36 PM
Ignore | Quote | Vote Down | Vote Up
skweezthatthing
1 The total sum of your votes up and votes down Send Private Message Add Comment To Profile

Member Since: 10/26/07
Posts: 378
WTF? 2 losses in a row makes you UFC ready these days?
12/28/12 1:22 PM
Ignore | Quote | Vote Down | Vote Up
crowbar
616 The total sum of your votes up and votes down Send Private Message Add Comment To Profile

Member Since: 1/1/01
Posts: 35035

12/28/12 1:53 PM
Ignore | Quote | Vote Down | Vote Up
beastrosoup
18 The total sum of your votes up and votes down Send Private Message Add Comment To Profile

Member Since: 12/11/11
Posts: 177
Nothing personal but I would love to see a gif of the grandma in wedding crashers at the dinner table Phone Post
12/28/12 1:53 PM
Ignore | Quote | Vote Down | Vote Up
fightsfan
8 The total sum of your votes up and votes down Send Private Message Add Comment To Profile

Member Since: 6/6/04
Posts: 4221
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.
12/28/12 2:04 PM
Ignore | Quote | Vote Down | Vote Up
MMALOGIC
Send Private Message Add Comment To Profile

Member Since: 8/17/08
Posts: 7729
skweezthatthing - WTF? 2 losses in a row makes you UFC ready these days?

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

12/28/12 2:05 PM
Ignore | Quote | Vote Down | Vote Up
MMALOGIC
Send Private Message Add Comment To Profile

Member Since: 8/17/08
Posts: 7730

too bad showtime cock blocked his tuf spot.

12/28/12 4:28 PM
Ignore | Quote | Vote Down | Vote Up
bigdee1983420
2 The total sum of your votes up and votes down Send Private Message Add Comment To Profile

Member Since: 5/21/11
Posts: 86
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.
12/28/12 6:01 PM
Ignore | Quote | Vote Down | Vote Up
NINERS76
Send Private Message Add Comment To Profile

Member Since: 10/29/11
Posts: 76
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
12/28/12 6:21 PM
Ignore | Quote | Vote Down | Vote Up
The_KoJ
Send Private Message Add Comment To Profile

Member Since: 3/9/12
Posts: 1158
WAR LEBEN! Phone Post
12/28/12 6:44 PM
Ignore | Quote | Vote Down | Vote Up
j2b
Send Private Message Add Comment To Profile

Member Since: 7/21/09
Posts: 228
It's also where he meet his boyfriend Phone Post
12/28/12 7:37 PM
Ignore | Quote | Vote Down | Vote Up
Kings21
36 The total sum of your votes up and votes down Send Private Message Add Comment To Profile

Member Since: 7/31/09
Posts: 1791
j2b -  It's also where he meet his boyfriend Phone Post

Clever.
12/28/12 11:37 PM
Ignore | Quote | Vote Down | Vote Up
Enemies
Send Private Message Add Comment To Profile

Member Since: 5/10/10
Posts: 1903
2nd openly gay fighter.

Just kidding.

Maybe.

Reply Post

You must log in to post a reply. Click here to login.