UFC middleweight contender Derek Brunson addressed his fans after an embarrassing loss to Jared Cannonier.
Brunson lost to Cannonier at UFC 271 via second round knockout after a dominant first round. He used his wrestling and almost drowned in a rear naked choke as the first round came to an end.
However, Cannonier was able to get back on his feet in the second round and crush Brunson with punches. He eventually landed an elbow that sent Brunson down and was followed by heavy ground and pound strikes.
The fight was built as a middleweight contender fight between two of the top four UFC middleweights. Cannonier will most likely fight Israel Adesanya later this year.
Shortly after Brunson’s defeat went to social networks to reach out to his fans and let them know how he feels physically and mentally.
“Made a title push. Number 3 vs. 4 in the world,” Brunson said. “I didn’t have enough. Life lessons. I’m fine, sad, but life will give you [these] moments.”
Entering UFC 271, Brunson was arguably the hottest middleweight fighter in the UFC with five consecutive victories. He hasn’t lost since losing to Adesanya at UFC 230 when the champ got up to talk about the title.
Brunson has one more fight left on his contract and plans to fight in the octagon one more time before announcing his retirement. Brunson made his UFC debut at UFC 155 after his ups and downs with Strikeforce. Ahead of UFC 271, he mentioned his retirement after signing a contract.
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