Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Middleweight bruisers Derek Brunson and Uriah Hall collided last night (Sept. 17, 2016) at UFC Fight Night 94 inside State Farm Arena in Hidalgo, Texas.
Brunson’s UFC career has been pretty incredible so far, as he battered and out-wrestled some of the division’s toughest veterans to ascend into the top 10. Last night, Brunson intended to continue his win streak and force himself into the title mix. Meanwhile, Hall’s stretch in the UFC has already seen its fair share of ups-and-downs, but the knockout artist successfully made his way into the rankings nonetheless. Still, this was really a must-win bout for "Primetime," as he couldn’t afford two straight losses.
This one didn’t last long -- watch highlights right here!
Brunson rushed across the cage and drove his opponent into the fence. From there, he tried to transition into a takedown, but Hall successfully stymied his attempt and broke free of the clinch.
Hall backed away to the center of the cage, but Brunson continued to pursue. After feinting an overhand, Brunson crushed his opponent with a left cross, taking advantage of Hall’s hands being low as he backed towards the fence.
That bad habit bit him hard.
Hall went down like a sack of potatoes, and Brunson jumped on him. In all honesty, Brunson’s follow up punches didn’t land cleanly — or perhaps at all — but the initial drop and his flurry was enough for Herb Dean to call the bout.
Controversial stoppage or no, this was a tremendous victory. Brunson took out a dangerous striker in less than two minutes, and he basically did it with just one big punch.
Not bad for a man who used to be known for smothering his opponents with takedowns.
Brunson did well to stay aggressive without over-extending. Throughout the short bout, he stayed in Brunson’s face without giving up any easy counter punches. It paid off quickly, as Brunson was in position to crack Hall once his hands dropped.
This is likely the biggest win of Brunson’s career, and he deserves a step up in competition. If possible, the UFC should remake his match with Gegard Mousasi.
As for Hall, he never really had the chance to show off his abilities. He was able to defend the takedown well — which is a solid sign for future fights — but he got dropped before he could really open up with strikes.
Plus, the referee didn’t give him much of a chance to recover.
Hall’s path moving forward isn’t exactly clear. He’ll likely take a step back in competition, as Hall needs to put some wins together in order to maintain his position at the top of the division. Alternatively, his prior match with Anderson Silva would make sense.
Last night, Derek Brunson knocked out his opponent in less than two minutes. Is Brunson a future title contender?
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