On Saturday night, in the opening bout of the UFC 230 main card, long-time UFC middleweight contender Derek Brunson stepped into the cage with red-hot striking specialist Israel Adesanya. Although Brunson had a spot of success with his wrestling early on in this fight, he ultimately became the latest victim of Adesanya’s venomous striking attack, wilting under a storm of strikes in the first round.
On Sunday evening, Derek Brunson broke his silence on this tough loss to Israel Adesanya. While he is obviously disappointed, he seems to be taking the setback in stride, as he’s promising to get right back on the horse.
In life you have two options . Sit around feeling sorry for yourself or get up and do something about it . Life’s journey! MOVING FORWARD
— Derek Brunson (@DerekBrunson) November 5, 2018
“In life you have two options . Sit around feeling sorry for yourself or get up and do something about it . Life’s journey! MOVING FORWARD” – Derek Brunson on Twitter.
With this UFC 230 loss to Adesanya, Brunson falls onto a two-fight skid, having also recently been stopped by resurgent contender Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza. These losses were preceded by a pair of thunderous knockout wins over former light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida and judo specialist Dan Kelly. He’s now 18-7 overall.
Adesanya, meanwhile, improves to a perfect 15-0, and 4-0 in the UFC. He is now one of the top contenders in the middleweight division, and would seem to have options abound.
Where do you think Derek Brunson will go from here? Is the best yet to come from the American?
This article first appeared on BJPENN.COM on 11/5/2018.