Derek Brunson returns to action against Dricus du Plessis at UFC 285 on March 4th at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, per Brett Okamoto.
This fight takes place in the Middleweight (185 lbs) division.
Derek Brunson holds a professional record of 23-8-0 and is currently ranked #5. His notable wins include Kevin Holland, Darren Till, and Edmen Shahbazyan.
Dricus du Plessis holds a professional record of 18-2-0 and is currently ranked #10. His notable wins include Darren Till, Brad Tavares, and Trevin Giles.
Official odds have not yet been released.
Proudly representing the country of South Africa, du Plessis is on a roll in the UFC. 4 straight wins with three finishes, his arrival has been anything but subtle. His last win came in a Fight of The Night vs. Darren Till at UFC 282. He dominated the first round with his grappling and heavy strikes before Till made a comeback in the second. Exhausted and beaten at the start of the third, it came down to who wanted it more. du Plessis scored a takedown and, with it, found Till’s back, eventually leading to the rear-naked choke win.
As one of the long-time veterans of the Middleweight division, Derek Brunson has seen it all. He’s fought four former UFC champions in Israel Adesanya, Robert Whittaker, Anderson Silva, and Lyoto Machida. After earning a 5-fight winning streak that nearly launched him into title contention, Brunson saw his first and only defeat in the last four years at UFC 276 against Jared Cannonier. He lost via TKO (towel throw) in the 2nd round of a fight he was dominating up until that point.
It’s the old guard vs. the new guard in this one. Which one will prevail? Let us know in the comments below!