It may have been an early fight card for some, but it was a nice change for the fans across the pond as the UFC Vegas 36 gifted them a fight night that was at a decent time as the card showcased many of England’s top talent.
The main event pitted two of the UFC’s top middleweights, Derek Brunson and Darren Till, both looking for a chance to steal the show inside the UFC Apex and hoping for a shot at gold.
Darren Till looked to bounce back after a close loss against Robert Whittaker. Till was hoping to showcase that he was still a top contender after that fight and was looking to steal the momentum Brunson has been riding coming into their battle.
Derek Brunson has not tasted defeat since 2018 where he lost to the current Middleweight champion, Israel Adesanya. Entering on a four fight win streak, Derek looked to continue being a top contender with a win over the always dangerous Darren Till.
Derek Brunson’s takedowns were the story of the fight and heavy ground and pound damaged Till leading into the third round. After a quick exchange on the feet, Till looked to have had Derek in danger but the veteran Brunson got the mount until Till gave his back. That was enough for Brunson to capture the submission victory. Brunson now seems primed for a title shot, but a previous loss to Israel Adesanya could hold him back.
PROS GIVE THEIR TAKE
Here is how the pros reacted to the UFC Vegas 36 main event.
It’s true @DerekBrunson had i rib injury this last 3 weeks no heavy training! Even more respect for his performance ✊🏾✊🏾
— GILBERT BURNS DURINHO (@GilbertDurinho) September 5, 2021
You still a bum…son. pic.twitter.com/8LymB7PLm3
— Israel Adesanya (@stylebender) September 4, 2021
Very intelligent win from @DerekBrunson 👌👏🏾#UFCVegas36
— Francis Ngannou (@francis_ngannou) September 4, 2021
@DerekBrunson was dominant! Great job and he is in fantastic shape wasn’t even breathing hard in 3rd round!!!
— Daniel Cormier (@dc_mma) September 4, 2021
20-17 brunson #ufcvegas36
— Brendan Allen (@BrendanAllenMMA) September 4, 2021
Shout @DerekBrunson for coming out on top as the underdog, that was a strong performance big dog 💪🏿💪🏿 #UFCVegas36
— Terrance McKinney (@twrecks155) September 4, 2021
Great finish! Difference in ground game was obvious#UFCVegas36
— Duško Todorović (@todorovic_ufc) September 4, 2021
5 wins in a row for @DerekBrunson ! Dominate fight winning all three rounds before he wins via RNC!! #UFCVegas36
— Cody Durden (@Cody_Durden) September 4, 2021
With that win over @darrentill2, we have a new contender. @DerekBrunson definitely is a contender for the @ufc tittle. #ufcvegas36
— Roan Jucao (@jucao) September 4, 2021
@DerekBrunson wow. Give this man a big fight. 185 is insane right now
— Paul Felder (@felderpaul) September 4, 2021
Head up Darren your still young and fighting best of the best I’m still a believer
— Belal Muhammad (@bullyb170) September 4, 2021
Waiting for Izzys tweet like #UFCVegas36 pic.twitter.com/Yr5phSSBzR
— Tatiana Suarez (@tatianaufc) September 4, 2021
While a great W, I didn't see anything in that performance that showed Brunson can beat Adesanya… but who knows 🤔 #UFCVegas36
— Megan Anderson (@MeganA_mma) September 4, 2021
Brunson does it again!!! #UFCVegas36
— Aljamain Sterling (@funkmasterMMA) September 4, 2021