“I had a homeless guy I was training with,” Derek Brunson admits he lacked training before his fight against Israel Adesanya

Derek Bruson admitted that he underestimated Israel Adesanya before their fight.

Derek Brunson and Israel Adesanya
Derek Brunson and Israel Adesanya

The number 4th ranked UFC Middleweight fighter, Derek Brunson is on a five-win streak in the division and he is one of the front runners for a title shot after former UFC Middleweight champion, Robert Whittaker.

Brunson recently secured a win against Darren Till on UFC Fight Night: Brunson vs Till and rather than sitting and waiting for the title shot, he already picked a fight against Jared Cannonier at UFC 270. This match will decide the legitimate number, one contender, to face the winner of Adesanya vs Whittaker 2.

Talking about his fight against Cannonier, in his latest interview with Ariel Helwani for MMA Hour, Derek Brunson says, “I’m confident. I’m confident in the fight for a title fight. I’m confident in the fight against Cannonier, So [the fight] was on the table, and you know what?”

“Instead of sitting, waiting — potentially, let’s say Cannonier sits, I sit, I’m kind of in the driver’s seat, and let’s say the winner of [Marvin] Vettori and [Paulo] Costa fights Cannonier.”

Brunson added, “They probably will jump me just if I’ve being sitting, waiting. You never know what’s going to happen in these title fights. Somebody might get a big injury. So [staying] active was the best thing to me.” {h/t MMA Fighting}

Derek Brunson commented that his loss against Israel Adesanya motivated him to work harder

Derek Brunson vs Darren Till UFC Vegas 36 Twitter reactions
Derek Brunson vs Darren Till at UFC Vegas 36

Derek Brunson faced a loss against Israel Adesanya at UFC 230 and since his loss; he is undefeated and won five consecutive fights. Brunson admitted that he didn’t take Adesanya seriously when they fought the first time and his desire to face him in the rematch helped him put this winning streak.

Brunson continued, “There’s things in that fight that I know wasn’t me, I didn’t prepare properly. It doesn’t matter. None of that stuff matters. The only thing is he came up with the win and now this is time for the rematch, for the get-back, and we’re going to change it up. I got one more and then we’re back to that fight. And that’s if he gets past Whittaker, you know?”

“I was training with soccer dads, firemen, police officers, janitors, Like, that was who my training partners were. One UFC fight, I had a homeless guy I was training with. He used to be like an amateur boxer — a homeless guy. I tried to go find him after my fight and give him money, but I couldn’t find him. Nobody could find him.”

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