Derek Brunson is an American mixed martial artist with a purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Brunson currently fights in the middleweight division for the “Ultimate Fighting Championships”. Brunson is ranked as the #8 in official UFC middleweight rankings.
- Derek Brunson, the middleweight champ, just won the match against Ian Heinisch held on August 17, 2019, at UFC 241.
Derek Brunson Famous for?
- Derek Brunson is famous as the professional middleweight division MMA fighter.
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Derek Brunson’s Early Life: Birth Date/ Parents?
Derek Brunson was born on January 4, 1984, in Wilmington, North Carolina, United States. His birth name is Derek T. Brunson. His nationality is American. His ethnicity is African with Capricon as his zodiac sign.
Brunson attended John T. Hoggard High School and got a scholarship in both cheerleading and wrestling under the coach Dan Willis.
He graduated from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, with the Bachelor of Arts in criminal justice. He was a 3-time Division II All-American wrestler during the college.
When he finished college, he immediately turned his attention to mixed martial arts and started his training at Renzo Gracie Jiu-Jitsu and Jackson’s MMA along with Jon Jones.
Derek Brunson’s Career: MMA player?
- Brunson started his professional career through his MMA debut in May 2010 against John Bryant and won with a rear-naked chokehold within sixty seconds.
- He signed with another American MMA promotion, the “Strikeforce” debut in 2011.
- He was accepted to compete in “The Ultimate Fighter 17” but was not able to
- However, he made his UFC debut in 2012 at UFC 155 after replacing Karlos Vemola who was injured, against Chris Leben.
- He signed a four-fight contract with UFC on February 15, 2014.
- He faced various fighters including, Ed Herman, Krzysztof Jotko, Sam Alvey, Roan Carneiro, and many others.
- He faced Elias Theodorou and Ian Heinisch in 2019, at UFC Fight Night 151 and UFC 241 respectively. He won both of the fights by unanimous decision.
Derek Brunson’s Personal Life: Dating/ Married?
The tall and darkly handsome, Derek Brunson is married. His wife’s name is still unknown.
He is proudly the father of three children: two daughters and a son Elijah.
Derek Brunson’s Net Worth: Earnings?
Derek Brunson has an estimated net worth of $1 million.
He earns a heavy amount of money from his career as a UFC fighter, making around $812,000 annually. He joined UFC receiving $45,000 and received her highest salary of $920,500 in 2015.
Derek Brunson’s Body Measurements: Height/ Weight?
Derek Brunson has a well maintained athletic body figure with biceps and triceps. He stands tall with a height of 6ft. 1inch.(1.85m) and weighs around 76 kg(185 lbs).
He has a dark complexion with black hair and brown eyes.
Did You Know?
- Derek Brunson was a 3-time Division II All-American wrestler during his college days.
- Derek Brunson is the father of three children.