Derek Brunson Finds Renewed Energy After Joining PFL


“I’m feeling better than ever, honestly. I would say I got a little bored with the UFC. Maybe a little complacent.”

Key Takeaway

Derek Brunson, after signing with the PFL, expresses renewed motivation and enthusiasm for his upcoming fights in the organization.

That’s the sentiment shared by Derek Brunson, a 39-year-old mixed martial artist, who has recently signed a multi-fight deal with the Professional Fighters League (PFL) after spending over a decade competing in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).

Brunson holds his former promotion, the UFC, in high regard, but he also expresses excitement for the opportunity to start fresh with the PFL.

“Now that I’m with a new organization, I have regained that hunger, that motivation, and I’m feeling really good. I haven’t done any running in about 5 years, but I’ve just started again. I’m thrilled to see what we can accomplish here,” Brunson states.

It is worth mentioning that Brunson’s last two fights in the UFC resulted in losses against highly skilled middleweight fighters, Dricus Du Plessis and Jared Cannonier. Prior to these setbacks, Brunson had an impressive five-fight winning streak, securing victories over the likes of Darren Till, Edmen Shahbazyan, and Kevin Holland.

Next on Brunson’s agenda is competing in the PFL’s highly anticipated million-dollar tournament, set to commence on November 24th. However, his journey will not be an easy one as he faces the two-time champion, Ray Cooper III.

“Ray is a tough opponent. He has a good fighting record and is highly skilled. However, he will be facing a motivated Derek Brunson. It will be a challenging night for him. I wish him the best, but make no mistake, I am here to make a statement starting with my bout against Ray Cooper,” Brunson confidently asserts.

As the MMA community eagerly awaits Brunson’s debut in the PFL, his rejuvenated mindset and determination suggest that he is more than ready to take on new challenges and make a lasting impact in his new organization.