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Derek Brunson returns vs. Dricus Du Plessis booked for UFC 285

UFC 271: Adesanya v Whittaker 2 Photo by Mike Roach/Zuffa LLC

Derek Brunson is ready to rebound.

ESPN’s Brett Okamoto confirmed today (Weds., Dec. 28, 2022) that a Middleweight contender title eliminator bout between the No. 5-ranked Brunson and No. 10-seeded Dricus Du Plessis is on tap for UFC 285, which will take place inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, on March 4, 2023.

It’s been since Feb. 2022 that Brunson fought in the Octagon. The perennial 185-pound stalwart was contemplating retirement following whatever his next loss would be after amassing an impressive five-fight win streak. Unfortunately for him, Jared Cannonier halted the momentum with his elbows in round two of their UFC 271 encounter (watch highlights). Brunson’s last win was a third-round rear-naked choke submission of Darren Till in Sept. 2021 (watch highlights).

Meanwhile, South Africa’s Du Plessis has emerged as a serious threat in the Middleweight waters, winning his last six fights (four in UFC). “Stillknocks” has become known for his heavy hands and aggressive fighting style, knocking out the likes of Markus Perez and Trevin Giles in his opening UFC bouts. His biggest win to date came in his last time out, however, submitting the aforementioned Till (watch highlights) in round three of their UFC 282 clash earlier this month (Dec. 10, 2022).

With the addition of Brunson versus Du Plessis, UFC 285 is brought to six total fights at present and more notable match ups are imminent as 2023 soon gets underway.

Check out the latest UFC 285 line up below:

  • 115 lbs.: Jessica Penne vs. Tabatha Ricci
  • 135 lbs.: Da’Mon Blackshear vs. Farid Basharat
  • 125 lbs.: Amanda Ribas vs. Viviane Araujo
  • 135 lbs.: Cody Garbrandt vs. Julio Arce
  • 185 lbs.: Julian Marquez vs. Marc-Andre Barriault
  • 185 lbs.: Derek Brunson vs. Dricus du Plessis


Who wins?

This poll is closed

  • 27%
    (79 votes)
  • 72%
    Du Plessis
    (207 votes)
286 votes total Vote Now

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