Derek Brunson wants a rematch with Israel Adesanya so badly that he’s prepared to go into enemy territory.
Brunson (23-7 MMA, 14-5 UFC) attained his fifth consecutive victory considering the fact that a humiliating initial-spherical TKO reduction to Adesanya at UFC 230 in November 2018 when he overwhelmed, shut down and submitted Darren Until (18-4-1 MMA, 6-4-1 UFC) in this past Saturday’s UFC Combat Evening 191 primary event in Las Vegas.
The turnaround has been sturdy for Brunson in the a few a long time considering that he shared the octagon with Adesanya (21-1 MMA, 10-1 UFC), and he’s produced it crystal clear all alongside the way that his target is to get that rematch and redeem what he considers to be a single of his worst performances. The actuality that Adesanya grew to become winner in the fallout of their struggle just tends to make the chance of a rematch sweeter.
Brunson wants to operate it back so poorly with Adesanya, in actuality, that he’s eager to go into enemy territory. It could be pipe dream in the COVID-19 planet, but if the stars could in some way align, Brunson stated his “perfect” environment state of affairs would be to challenge Adesanya in New Zealand and get the title away in entrance of his folks.
“I was just pondering how terrible I want that fight, how I know I can get the position done,” Brunson told MMA Junkie on Tuesday. “Shock everybody, surprise everyone. I’m so great at going in somebody’s yard and just silencing the crowd. I’m not an A-hole with it, but I’m likely to go delight in the minute. Which is like the fantastic scenario is struggle Izzy in his yard, avenge the decline, choose the title for all the marbles. That would be lit.”
Brunson said he has no authentic-earth beefs with Adesanya. The champion has what Brunson needs to elevate his career, and only a single man can keep that belt at a time, producing them pure opposing forces.
In addition, Brunson desires to exhibit that he can do superior than the initially time. He’s adjusted groups to Sanford MMA in Florida and has a superior grip on who he is as a fighter and particular person at 37 yrs previous, and he craves for the rematch to display how a lot he’s developed.
“It’s all purely aggressive,” Brunson claimed. “I want to make him eat his words and phrases. I want to give him a nickname which is going to stick with him also. I believe this could be one of the most important fights in UFC middleweight history. I imagine the motion is heading to be there. I’m heading to be up for that combat. I’ll place in a fantastic training camp, the buildup will be excellent. I imagine it has a lot of probable.
“I would undoubtedly like to battle Izzy again. I just know that battle – it left a sour flavor in my mouth. It was not a great representation of myself. Izzy has a large amount of buzz, a lot of momentum. So I would like to great that.”
If all matters had been equivalent, Brunson has done a lot more than more than enough to get paid a UFC title shot. Regrettably when it arrives to the actuality, there are numerous complicating components included.
This specifically circumstance is tough for Brunson mainly because of timing. Robert Whittaker is the real No. 1 contender at 185 kilos, and he’s expected to have a rematch of his have with Adesanya in the to start with quarter of 2022. For the reason that of that, Brunson is trapped in between a rock and a difficult put in that he could choose to sit on the sidelines and hopes a title shot arrives to him within a fair timeframe, or he could remain active and more solidify his location.
Brunson has previously reported a matchup with Jared Cannonier (14-5 MMA, 7-5 UFC) could be an choice, but he’s also talking about the risk of remaining a again up fighter for Adesanya vs. Whittaker. It is way too quickly just after his acquire around Until to know accurately how anything will enjoy out, Brunson claimed, but ideal now he’s not closing the doorway to nearly anything.
“Obviously I want the title shot and I’m like, ‘Hey, I can hold out,’” Brunson said. “I’ve acquired a great deal of firms and things going on that I’m not hurting for funds. I like to invest my revenue well. But at the exact same time I like to fight. I just know, I’m actually self-assured – and who’s to say Adesanya will even acquire the rematch? Whittaker’s heading to be able to make some adjustments and it is heading to be a nearer struggle. But I’m just assured in my myself and what I can do and wherever I’m headed. So I actually want to get my palms again in there.
“I talked to my administration yesterday and I asked for the possibility to have me training just in situation someone gets injured, or any person receives COVID. What I won’t do is I won’t toss myself in there effectively prepared or instruction. I would like to be coaching for the struggle and if any individual receives hurt then I’ll fill in. Then let us say it was a quick fight then two months soon after that we book my struggle. Or someone gets hurt and it drags out, then it’s possible we book one more battle a thirty day period immediately after that and I’ll previously be in condition.”