Derek Brunson may have punched his ticket to a UFC middleweight title shot earlier today (Sat., Sept. 4, 2021) at UFC Vegas 36 live on ESPN+ from inside UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Nevada, when the veteran contender stopped Darren Till in the main event via third-round submission (rear-naked choke).
Till came out firing trying to close the gap and make Brunson fight off his back foot. It didn’t last long and Brunson moved in for the first takedown of the fight. From there, Brunson landed heavy ground-and-pound that bounced Till’s head off the canvas. Till somehow survived. Brunson went back to the well in the second to score another takedown mid-way through the round. Till did very little to return to his feet.
In Round 3, Till was able to finally defend a few takedowns and score some solid kicks and punches on the feet. He even had Brunson hurt halfway through the round, but Brunson was able to quickly land another takedown, gain back control, and sink in the deciding choke.
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