UFC fighter Derek Brunson desperately wants a rematch against Israel Adesanya. Adesanya is the last fighter to defeat Brunson, and that happened in November 2018. "Last Stylebender" literally played with Brunson and knocked him out at the end of the first round.
Still, Derek settled after that and lined up five wins in a row, and is now a fourth-ranked challenger in the middleweight rankings. Brunson defeated Darren Till last weekend with a dominant performance and suffocation in the third round of the fight.
After the fifth consecutive celebration, the 37-year-old Brunson insists on a belt fight and a rematch against Israel Adesanya to correct one of the worst performances of his career. The American fighter is convinced he can beat Israel this time.
'' I was just thinking about how much I want that fight and how I know I can do the job. I would shock and surprise everyone present. I’m so good at going to someone else’s backyard and silencing the audience."
"I don’t want to sound arrogant, but I will enjoy the moment. The perfect scenario is to fight Izzy on his field, avenge the defeat and win the title. That would be great, '' Brunson began in an interview with MMA Junkie.
There was a lot of "trash talk" between Derek Brunson and Israel Adesanya before their fight. It all continued after Brunson's last performance when he started calling out Adesanya, and the Nigerian responded with a series of "tweets"
Derek now has great motivation to avenge the defeat and shut the mouth of the current champion. ''This is all purely competitive. I want him to eat his words. I want to give him a nickname that will follow him.
I think this could be one of the biggest fights in UFC middleweight history." "I will do a great training camp, and everything will be great in the face of the fights. I think that match has a lot of potential. I definitely want to fight Izzy again."
"The first fight left a sour taste in my mouth. It was not a good display of my capabilities. There is a lot of "hype" and impulse around Izzy. I would like to calm it down, "Brunson added. The fourth-ranked middleweight fighter will still have to wait a while, more precisely he will probably need another win before he gets a chance to attack the belt.
Robert Whittaker is next in line, and that fight is unlikely to happen until early next year. Derek Brunson said that fighting Jared Cannonier is a realistic option, but he would also like to serve as a replacement in the fight between Adesanya and Whittaker if someone drops out of course.
'' Of course, I want a chance for the belt and I can wait. I have a lot of jobs that won’t affect my money because I like to invest smartly." "However, I like to fight. Who says Adesanya will win the rematch against Whittaker at all? Robert will make some adjustments and it will be a much more tense fight."
"I talked to my managers and asked about the option to stay in training in case any of them get injured or get COVID. I would like to train to fight and if someone gets injured, jump in for him, '' said Derek Brunson.