Derek Brunson is all set to consider on the higher echelon of the UFC middleweight division.
Brunson (21-7 MMA, 12-5 UFC), who not long ago set a halt to three growing contenders’ successful streaks, thinks he’s carried out far more than adequate to get a crack at some of the increased-ranked 185 pounders. He’s coming off a 3rd-spherical finish of beforehand unbeaten Edmen Shahbazyan in August and is accomplished staying the veteran that youthful stars are hoping to develop their names off.
Whilst he was a short while ago provided a previous winner, Brunson is eyeing another person who will enable propel him to a title run.
“It’s a single struggle that I’ve truly been offered, Chris Weidman, he’s a male who’s rated No. 10 correct now,” Brunson told MMA Junkie. “A superior combat, I adore that fight, but it is like before that struggle was made available to me, I was sitting again indicating, ‘OK, I’ve fought three guys that have been rated behind me. I’ve fought all these men that is rated forward of me, and anytime I fought them, I was rated forward of them.
“So now, my full mindset has been I have to have somebody that’s rated effectively forward of me – or I’m no. 7, it is not guys that are nuts rated in front of me, but I will need any individual which is rated in advance of me, who’s surging, who’s gonna give me that opportunity to put myself in that title communicate.”
Brunson has called out the likes of Paulo Costa and Darren Until, but no huge combat has materialized for him nonetheless as he appears to be to return by early following calendar year.
“I’m seriously angling for a significant struggle,” Brunson said. “I need to have a little something that has a chance to elevate me. I need to put it on the line, and validate my total job and what I have been schooling for. Ultimately drive to see if I can get into title competition, push to be a best-five person, a person which is gonna set me in the best five, 3, four selection.”