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UFC Fight Night: Derek Brunson tells Israel Adesanya 'you're next' after win over Darren Till

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Derek Brunson tells Israel Adesanya ‘you’re next’ after dominant win over English fighter Darren Till at UFC Fight Night… but middleweight champion dismisses him by saying ‘You still a bum…son’

  • Darren Till was no match for Derek Brunson in Las Vegas on Saturday night
  • Liverpool fighter suffered a fourth loss in five fights after third round choke
  • Brunson immediately raced to a TV camera and called out Israel Adesanya
  • The pair met at UFC 230 back in 2018 when Adesanya emerged victorious
  • But middleweight champ was quick to dismiss Brunson on social media  


Derek Brunson dominated England’s Darren Till at UFC Fight Night before calling immediately for a re-match with middleweight champion Israel Adesanya.  

Adesanya beat him at UFC 230 back in November 2018 and Brunson is eager to show how far he has come – but he received a swift and dismissive reply from the Last Stylebender. 

After sealing victory in Las Vegas, Brunson roared into the camera: ‘Israel Adesanya, boy, I ain’t been working all this time for nothing boy. You next, boy. You next!’ 

Derek Brunson celebrates his victory over Darren Till (right) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday

Derek Brunson celebrates his victory over Darren Till (right) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday

The American was quick to call out Israel Adesanya after winning in the third round in Vegas

The American was quick to call out Israel Adesanya after winning in the third round in Vegas

Adesanya kicks Brunson during their middleweight contest at UFC 230 back in 2018

Adesanya kicks Brunson during their middleweight contest at UFC 230 back in 2018

Brunson then added post-fight: ‘I’m tired of these guys not mentioning my name.

‘You know [Adesanya], look at the camera, mention my name. I heard you mentioning Till and [Jared] Cannonier. 

‘Because I’ve been busting my butt, four years after my loss to get back to this point. I’m ready to contend.’

Adesanya, often quick to respond when called out, was dismissive. He posted on Twitter: ‘Calm down… boy. You still a bum… son’ in an apparent play on words on Brunson’s surname. 

Adesanya also included a video of Brunson calling him out on Saturday night overlaid with the caption: ‘… Remember the last time he called me ‘boy.” 

Brunson and Till exchange punches during their middleweight contest on Saturday night

Brunson and Till exchange punches during their middleweight contest on Saturday night

Brunson gradually got on top in the contest and a rear-naked choke sealed his victory

Brunson gradually got on top in the contest and a rear-naked choke sealed his victory

Till's nose is bloodied as Brunson pins him to the canvas in the Octagon in the third round

Till’s nose is bloodied as Brunson pins him to the canvas in the Octagon in the third round

Till, 28, from Liverpool, opened the middleweight bout with some strong boxing but struggled to defend against Brunson’s superior wrestling.

Brunson took Till to the ground multiple times in the first two rounds, inflicting a hefty amount of damage.

The third round began in similar fashion to the first with Till wobbling Brunson with a deft one-two combo.

However he was unable to capitalise, eventually succumbing to another takedown and allowing Brunson to take his back and lock in a rear-naked choke. 

Till is driven into the side of the arena by Brunson during the American's three round win

Till is driven into the side of the arena by Brunson during the American’s three round win

Till reflects on a fourth loss in five fights but struck an upbeat tone afterwards

Till reflects on a fourth loss in five fights but struck an upbeat tone afterwards 

Till was upbeat despite a fourth loss in his last five fights and posted pictures of two fighters – Michael Bisping and Charles Oliveira – who struggled before rising to become UFC champions. 

Oliveira replied by saying: ‘Keep your head up, never give up! God knows everything. Return home, get back in the gym – train and dedicated [sic] yourself.’ 

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