Derek Brunson is set to return against young contender Dricus du Plessis at UFC 285.
It was previously announced that Brunson would return after a one-year layoff to take on the surging du Plessis on March 4th. du Plessis is a moderate favorite for this matchup. He opened at -220, but the line has since narrowed.
Odds provided by betonline.ag accurate as of Janurary 31st, 6:00 PM EST.
Derek Brunson +160, Dricus du Plessis -185
Derek Brunson will be looking to rebound from his second-round knockout loss to Jared Cannonier at UFC 272. He is no stranger to stopping up-and-coming contenders and cashing in as the underdog, having been the underdog in his last five wins. His last two were a third-round submission victory over Darren Till and a decision win over Kevin Holland. He enters this fight the senior, ten years older than Du Plessis, and will be looking to use his experience and wrestling to stop the winning streak of another prospect.
Dricus du Plessis is looking to increase his current win streak to seven. In his last bout, he would earn Fight of The Night honors against Darren Till at UFC 281, who he would finish in the third round via a neck crank. du Plessis has shown improvement every time he fights and will need to showcase his unorthodox striking and wrestling defense to secure the victory in this bout, which will place him in the top five in the division.
Odds via Fightodds.io
Derek Brunson (+142) vs. Jared Cannonier (-152) - UFC 272
Derek Brunson (+135) vs. Darren Till (-145) - UFC Fight Night: Brunson vs. Till
Derek Brunson (+170) vs. Kevin Holland (-185) - UFC Fight Night: Brunson vs. Holland
Derek Brunson (+330) vs. Edmen Shabazyan (-370) - UFC Fight Night: Brunson vs. Shabazyan
Derek Brunson (+145) vs. Ian Heinisch (-155) - UFC 241
Odds via Fightodds.io
Dricus du Plessis (-165) vs. Darren Till (-155) - UFC 282
Dricus du Plessis (-167) vs. Brad Tavares (+157) - UFC 276
Dricus du Plessis (-112) vs. Trevin Giles (+102) - UFC 264
Dricus du Plessis (-165) vs. Markus Perez (+155) - UFC Fight Night: Moraes vs Sandhagen
Dricus du Plessis (-208) vs. Joilton Lutterbach (+145) - KSW 50
Brunson is no stranger to being the underdog against a prospect, and du Plessis is used to being the favorite. As a member of the Verdict Community, we want to hear your thoughts. Do you agree with the odds for this matchup? Let us know your prediction in the comments below.