Derek Brunson vs. Roman Dolidze Lined Up for UFC 295

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Derek Brunson, UFC 271 ceremonial weigh-in Credit: Dave Noseworthy/Cageside Press

New York City’s UFC 295 has a big middleweight addition.

Derek Brunson (23-9) will look to get back into the win column at the November event, when he goes up against Georgian Roman Dolidze (12-2), also looking to bounce back from a recent setback.

Dolidze confirmed the booking via his Instagram Story on Monday, following an initial report by Setanta Sports.

Brunson has dropped his last two fights, having been finished by both Jared Cannonier and Dricus Du Plessis. The fights came just over a year apart, and saw Brunson flirt with retirement after having his five-fight win streak derailed.

At 39-years young, Brunson remains ranked #8 in the middleweight division, with Dolidze one spot behind him.

Georgia’s Dolidze, 35, had his own four-fight win streak snapped in his last outing when he dropped a decision against Italy’s Marvin Vettori. Prior to that, Dolidze had put away the likes of Jack Hermansson and Phil Hawes.

UFC 295 is set to take place at Madison Square Garden in New York, NY on November on November 11, 2023. Only one other fight has been reported for the Pay-Per-View event beyond Derek Brunson vs. Roman Dolidze, but it’s a big one. The card’s main event will see heavyweight champion Jon Jones make his first attempt at defending his title, when he takes on ex-champ Stipe Miocic.