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Derek Brunson Joins PFL: A New Light Shines on His Career



Derek Brunson, the former UFC middleweight contender, is the latest to embark on an exciting journey to a new destination. According to his manager, Ali Abdelaziz of Dominance MMA, Brunson has officially signed with the PFL and will enter their highly anticipated $1 million light heavyweight tournament, slated to kick off in 2024.


In an interview with “The Schmo,” Abdelaziz shared this electrifying news, igniting the MMA community's curiosity. While Brunson's promotional debut date and opponent remain shrouded in mystery, the move itself speaks volumes about his determination to make a significant impact in his new home.


The transition to PFL comes after Brunson departs from the UFC in September. At the time, it seemed like Brunson was on the cusp of the final bout of his six-fight deal, initially signed in December 2019. In a surprising twist, Brunson's departure coincided with his scheduled fight against Roman Dolidze at UFC 295, as Abdelaziz hinted that it was a mutual decision.


Derek Brunson, at the age of 39, arrives at PFL with a wealth of experience and a reputation as a fierce competitor. Despite his recent two-fight skid, with losses to top-tier opponents Jared Cannonier and Dricus Du Plessis, Brunson's career has been a rollercoaster of thrilling victories and challenging defeats.


Over his 21 appearances in the UFC, dating back to the Strikeforce merger in late 2012, Brunson has showcased his skills by defeating notable names in the sport. His victories include the likes of Lyoto Machida, Darren Till, Kevin Holland, and Uriah Hall, highlighting his versatility and tenacity as a fighter.


As Derek Brunson transitions to the PFL, fans and pundits alike eagerly await the unfolding of this exciting chapter in his career. The $1 million light heavyweight tournament promises to be a platform where Brunson can continue to demonstrate his fighting prowess and vie for glory in one of MMA's most lucrative competitions.


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