PEMBROKE – Wilmington native Derek Brunson will be one of five standout student-athletes to be officially inducted into the UNC- Pembroke Athletics Hall of Fame during Homecoming Week in early October.
“The list of accomplishments for this year’s class is substantial,” UNC-Pembroke Athletics Director Dick Christy said. “One of the most rewarding parts of being involved in athletics is being able to say ‘thank you’ and recognize the contributions of those who have built Braves Athletics. I am deeply appreciative for the hard work of the committee in making these tough choices.”
Brunson was a three-time All-American wrestler for the Braves from 2002-07, while racking up 121 career victories, including 39 wins during his freshman campaign. He won three NCAA region titles and made four trips to the NCAA Division II National Championships.
Brunson is currently a mixed martial artist and competes in the middleweight division for the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). He’s currently training for his next bout against Uriah Hall as part of UFC Fight Night 94 on Sept. 17 in Hidalgo, Texas. Brunson will be part of the co-main event, which is likely to air on Fox Sports 1.
Listed at No. 10 in the UFC middleweight rankings, Brunson (15-3 MMA, 6-1 UFC), has won four straight fights, with three consecutive first-round knockouts.