UFC Releases Derek Brunson
Brunson’s release comes as a bit of a surprise. The 39-year-old welterweight was booked to fight Roman Dolidze at UFC 295. Dolidze announced on Twitter that Brunson was out of the fight; however, it is unclear exactly how the situation unfolded.
It is unknown if Brunson was cut which led to the bout falling through or if Brunson pulled out of the fight which led to the UFC releasing him. Regardless, Dolidze needs an opponent for UFC 295.
Prior to his release, Brunson’s UFC career appeared to be running short. At 39-years-old, he was coming off two knockout losses and spoke about retirement frequently. Still, it seemed like Brunson was trending toward retirement rather than a release.
It does not look like Brunson is ready to call it a career, however. Shortly after his release was made public, Brunson called out Jake Paul.
Brunson ended his UFC career with 21 bouts in the promotion which led to a record of 14-7. In his UFC tenure, Brunson continuously sat in the middleweight rankings and fought the division’s toughest opponents. That has resulted in all of Brunson’s losses coming against elite competition.
Brunson was never able to reach the championship level of the sport, but he managed to craft a memorable career through a handful of crazy fights and an entertaining personality.
At the time of his release, Brunson was the No. 8 ranked middleweight in the UFC.
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