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Midnight Mania! Derek Brunson vs. Roman Dolidze booked for UFC 295 on November 11

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According to a first report from Giorgi Kokiashvili, an important Middleweight clash has been booked between Derek Brunson and Roman Dolidze. The two veterans will collide at UFC 295, which goes down November 11 inside Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York. That’s the evening of Jon Jones vs. Stipe Miocic, as well as the possible return of Colby Covington vs. Welterweight kingpin Leon Edwards. Outside of the headliner and rumored co-main, this is the first bout announced for the card.

Derek Brunson (23-9) is a longtime fixture of the Middleweight division, currently ranked at No. 8. Brunson underwent something of a resurgence until last year, when he ran into heavy handed roadblocks Jared Cannonier and Dricus du Plessis. The 39-year-old wrestler was effectively forced back from the title picture, but he’s still an experienced and dangerous member of the division.

Dolidze (12-2) also enters following a defeat, as he came up just short opposite Marvin Vettori at UFC 286. Prior to that loss, Dolidze tore through the Middleweight ranks, stopping men like Jack Hermansson and Phil Hawes to attain his current position at No. 9 in the world. In the last couple years, Dolidze has really proven himself a nastiest finisher, both as a crazy guard player and heavy-handed bruiser.

All in all, it makes for an intriguing style clash. On the feet, both men are a touch awkward but carry plenty of power. If the fight does hit the floor, Brunson seems more likely to land on top, but Dolidze’s guard has proven to be an unusually punishing position for his opponents.

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