On September 4, Derek Brunson will headline an Ultimate Fighting Championship event for the sixth time when he battles seventh-ranked middleweight Darren Till. Now, you can watch some of his highlight-reel moments from an impressive run in the UFC.
Brunson (22-7) has had what could be considered an underappreciated nine-year stint in the Las Vegas-based promotion. Although the veteran of Strikeforce has yet to compete for UFC gold, he steadily climbed the middleweight ladder and has remained a stalwart of the division's top-15 for much of the last few years.
Since his debut all the way back in 2012, the 37-year-old has proven a difficult challenge for many of the best 185-pound fighters to come through the UFC over the last decade. He has racked up key wins over name opponents in Chris Leben, Sam Alvey, Uriah Hall, former light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida, and 2020 breakout star Kevin Holland during his time in the promotion. Even his losses are worth noting because they came against elite talents and titleholders like Anderson Silva, Robert Whittaker, Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza, Yoel Romero, and Israel Adesanya.
Derek Brunson highlights from an underappreciated UFC run
In his 13 Octagon victories, he has finished eight of his opponents and most of those came in a showcase of his patented power punching gifts.
On Saturday night, inside the UFC Apex, the fifth-ranked veteran will have a major test in former welterweight title challenger Darren Till. A victory for either man could be monumental in inching them closer to a title opportunity in 2022.
You can watch some of Brunson's best Octagon moments in the embedded video above.
UFC Vegas 36 takes place on September 4 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The event begins at 1:30 pm ET with preliminary action and is then followed by the main card at 4 pm ET. The entire event will air exclusively on streaming service ESPN+.