Derek Brunson Almost Knocked Himself Out At UFC Fight Night Ottawa

Derek Brunson competed in the co-main event of UFC Fight Night Ottawa, defeating Elias Theodorou by unanimous decision.

A victorious Brunson scored several takedowns during the bout, but Brunson almost knocked himself out during one completed attempt.

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“That was my exact thought,” Brunson said after the event (via Alexander K. Lee of MMA Fighting). “I picked him up, I locked my hands, I was like, oh, that kid—I think it was Jarred Brooks or something like that—he went, he swung, he dunked him and knocked himself out. I was like, if I knock myself out, it’s gonna be real bad. So I swung his legs and I swam back over and I got north-south position. But yeah, I wanted to make sure I didn’t knock myself out. That wouldn’t look good. I would have made ‘Sportscenter Not Top 10’ or whatever. That would have been bad.”

The UFC would post the near fatal takedown highlight on Twitter:


Brunson was happy to not knock himself out at the event, while also showing a new fighting style inside of the Octagon.

“It’s funny, I’m a knockout guy. In my previous wins, I think all of my last seven wins I got were knockouts in the first round,” Brunson said. “To come out here and get a decision after a rough year, it feels good. Now I’ve got that built in my mind. I can go the distance with a guy who’s known for cardio, who moves around a lot, pretty much had to chase a little bit. So I can take my time and be patient, I know I can knock guys out still.”

It was a big win for Brunson at UFC Fight Night Ottawa, as he ended a two bout losing streak at the event.

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