Derek Brunson parts ways with UFC, fight with Roman Dolidze scrapped

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Auslander Raus
First 100
Jan 15, 2015
UFC Fight Night: Brunson v Till

Derek Brunson is not only out of his UFC 295 fight against Roman Dolidze, he’s also out of the UFC entirely.
The veteran middleweight contender and the promotion have parted ways following an 11-year, 21-fight run, MMA Fighting confirmed with sources close to the situation on Thursday.

Brunson, 39, was expected to face Dolidze in a matchup of ranked contenders on Nov. 11 at Madison Square Garden at UFC 295, however Dolidze tweeted Wednesday that Brunson was out of the bout and instead called to fight either Robert Whittaker or Jared Cannonier.

“No matter what happened, wish you good luck in your next journey,” Dolidze added Thursday following a post by the automated UFC Roster Watch account regarding Brunson’s exit.

Brunson (23-9) has been an active contender in the UFC’s 185-pound division since joining the promotion in 2012 following the dissolution of Strikeforce. The North Carolina native racked up a 14-7 record in the octagon, highlighted by two separate five-fight win streaks that carried him to the brink of title contention.

Over that time, Brunson fought a who’s who of top middleweights, taking on the likes of Anderson Silva, Israel Adesanya, Whittaker, Lyoto Machida, Yoel Romero, Ronaldo Souza, Cannonier, and Dricus Du Plessis, among others.

At the time of his UFC exit, Brunson was the No. 8 ranked middleweight in the promotion’s media-generated rankings.
He is currently MMA Fighting’s No. 11 ranked middleweight in the world.

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Rambo John J

Eats things that would make a Billy Goat Puke
First 100
Jan 17, 2015
Heard he was retired, and came back for this fight.

Probably got injured and said fuck it

Robbie Hart

All Biden Voters Are Mindless Sheep
Feb 13, 2015
If you’re not going for the title or don’t have a legit shot, walk and forget about it
You ain’t making that much on the undercards


TMMAC Addict
Jan 31, 2015
Him verse Kevin Holland was one if the worst fights I've ever seen, human blanket