HILDAGO, Texas – The highly anticipated return to the octagon for Derek Brunson is just days away as the Wilmington native readies for his co-main event fight on Saturday night against Uriah Hall during UFC Fight Night 94, which airs on Fox Sports 1 beginning at 7 p.m. E.S.T.
FIGHT WEEK. #UFCHidalgo ?
— Derek Brunson (@DerekBrunson) September 12, 2016
This matchup has been a long time coming for a pair of contending middleweights looking to improve their ranking within one of UFC’s most talented divisions. Trash talking is a part of the business and Brunson and Hall had been anything but bashful on social media leading up to the fight announcement in July, but it’s been radio silence for both camps over the past week with attention turning to Saturday’s bout.
Brunson (15-3 MMA, 6-1 UFC) was scratched from the UFC 200 card after suffering from double vision, but returned to training in late July. Listed at No. 10 in the UFC middleweight rankings, he has won four straight fights.
Brunson has come a long way since his ground and pound days, which first led him into the elite class within the UFC. As an All-American wrestler at UNC-Pembroke, he was masterful on the mat in his technique through his early fights, but has since developed a strong compliment with his ability as a fierce striker. He’s been able to showcase that talent coming off three consecutive first-round knockouts.
Hall (12-6 MMA, 5-4 UFC), ranked at No. 9 among UFC middleweight contenders, is coming off a unanimous decision loss to Robert Whitaker at UFC 193. It’s been nearly a year since his setback to Whitaker in November 2015.
Hall was expected to face Anderson Silva on May 14, 2016 at UFC 198. However, Silva pulled out of the bout on May 10 after requiring a surgery to remove his gallbladder. As a result, Hall did not compete at the event, which lined things up for his fight against Brunson.
Tale of the Tape
Brunson vs. Hall
Age: 32 32
Height: 6’ 1” 6’0”
Weight: 185 lbs. 185 lbs.
Reach: 77” 79”
Leg Reach: 43” 43”