Derek Brunson lands first round TKO at UFC Fight Night 94

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HIDALGO, Texas- The long standing rivalry between Wilmington native Derek Brunson and middleweight contender Uriah Hall was settled in the co-main event at UFC Fight Night 94 in Hildago, Texas on Saturday as Brunson used a ferocious left hand to earn a TKO at the 1:41 mark of the first round.

After the two fighters locked up inside the octagon once the opening bell sounded, Brunson gained separation midway through the first round and landed a clean left to Hall’s jaw. Brunson immediately pounced on his opponent, which led referee Herb Dean to stop the fight. Hall was shaken up after the initial strike, but looked to be able to continue as he got back up on his feet. However, Dean wasn’t taking any chances and called the bout after Brunson put Hall on the mat.

Brunson has now won five straight fights, including four first-round knockouts and seven of his last eight trips inside the octagon. His only defeat in the UFC came against No. 4 ranked Yoel Romero in Jan. 2014, a match that Brunson controlled until he was knocked out in the third and final round.

Listed at No. 10 in the middleweight division, the All-American wrestler from UNC-Pembroke thinks he’s been overlooked, but with his fourth consecutive finish in the first round it could put him in contention for another main event fight in the near future. Brunson moved to 16-3 in MMA and 7-1 in the UFC.