Derek Brunson Calls UFC 217 Main Event “Ridiculous”


Derek Brunson is headlining this weekends UFC Fight Night Sao Paulo event and his opponent is former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Lyoto Machida.

UFC Middleweight Champion Michael Bisping faces former UFC Welterweight Champion Georges St. Pierre in the main event of UFC 217 and Brunson thinks that bout is simply ridiculous.

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"Why not?” Brunson told MMA Fighting. "I have nothing against Bisping and I have nothing against how he does his business. It is kind of ridiculous, he’s holding up the division. I know he’s waiting for big fights, he’s about be done with his career, so I kind of give it to him in this aspect. At the same time, we’re trying to get this division going, the champ being active and everybody moving up.”

Bisping is only defending the title for the second time since winning it at UFC 199 and GSP is returning to action after a four-plus year absence.

Brunson is also unable to pick a winner when it comes to the UFC 217 main event battle between Bisping and GSP.

"Man, that’s such a tough one,” he said. "I might go with Bisping. I might go with Bisping in a point-fighting situation. But I can see GSP holding him down, ground and pound. But I might take Bisping.”

UFC Fight Night Sao Paulo takes place on Saturday, October 28 from the Ibirapuera Gymnasium in Sao Paulo, Brazil with Derek Brunson and Lyoto Machida headlining. Fightful is providing live coverage of the event, which airs live on Fox Sports 1.

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