Derek Brunson: “I feel bad for Till"



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Derek Brunson: “I feel bad for Till"

After beating Till at UFC Fight Night 191, Brunson spoke to reporters and described how he felt after the fight. In the beginning, he had words of praise for his opponent, who he thinks has a lot of advantages, and that he is talented, but that he has to work on some things if he wants to be competitive in the UFC.

“I feel bad for Till,” Brunson told MMA Junkie and other media at the UFC Fight Night 191 post-fight news conference. “I really like the guy. I think he thinks he’s like a badass kid who says edgy things on Twitter or Instagram, but I think overall he’s like a good person.

He’s really, really, really funny." “I think the guy can put it together. It’s just small things. He’s really explosive, really good on the feet." "He has really good feints, very confident.

It’s just the small things he has to address – maybe even thinking about 170, or just fine-tuning some of the wrestling things that are defensive. If he’s able to keep it on the feet, he can do a lot better”.

Brunson believes that Till had a good takedown defense, but that he still found a solution to something like that and managed to dominate him. Brunson took advantage of the chances Till gave him, and eventually took the win “His takedown defense was OK,” Brunson said.

“I’ve got good finishes with the chain wrestling. I can’t say his takedown defense was really bad, I just chain the attempts together (and) attacks really good. I know what it takes to take somebody down."

"There’s some things he can look back and improve on. Get back and work on those things and be better for his fights going forward”.

Title fight

Perhaps it is this fight that could secure Brunson's fight for the title against Adesanya vs Whittaker winner Brunson believes Till is still competitive in the middleweight despite poor results lately.

Although Whittaker was better than Till in the previous fight, Brunson thinks that Till was very good throughout the match. “He’s as good as some of the other guys,” Brunson said. “Him and Whittaker had a pretty decently close fight.

He dropped Robert Whittaker in their fight. It went five rounds and nobody got finished there. I was able to impose my will and get the finish." "So you’ve got take something from that fact that Whittaker’s fighting for a title and his last fight was against Whittaker and it went five rounds and he had some good moments in that fight”.