‘I Gave Costa Many Opportunities’- Derek Brunson Claims Paulo Costa Is Denying a Fight With Him

Published 09/05/2021, 12:50 PM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MARCH 20: Derek Brunson reacts after his unanimous-decision victory over Kevin Holland in their middleweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on March 20, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


Derek Brunson says that he gave many opportunities to Paulo Costa and he is denying a fight. Brunson says he wants to fight the number two after his stunning win against Darren Till.

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He defeated Till in the third round of the fight at UFC Fight Night. After his victory, the 37-year-old wants more, and he has names for his next fight.

In the post-fight interview, Brunson said, “Man, I gave Costa so many opportunities. Me and Costa were supposed to fight like this fight. I called for him. That’s the guy number two in the division, so if I beat him, where does that put me exactly next. I could have even jumped Whittaker. I beat number two; that guy he didn’t sign the contract so you know I am left with Till.”

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“So Cannonier. I had no beef with Cannonier here, you know. Izzy beat me I was ringing high to him about four or five years ago. No excuses, but you know I have been working every year, every day, for this opportunity to get back to this spot, you know. And I strung together some fights. I wouldn’t mind sitting.”

He added, “I can wait for the next match, or so you know. Like I said, I’m not the youngest guy in the division. And I have been working really hard for this moment and like I said, I asked for Costa who is number two like all this stuff was planned, you know. To go out there and beat the highest guy, so there was no denying. I wanna a firefight-winning streak all the guys above lost. So yeah, I definitely wanna rewrite the fight.”

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What’s Next for Derek Brunson

After defeating Darren Till, the American fighter is currently on a five-fight win streak. He has defeated many prominent names and cemented his position in the middleweight roster.

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The (23-7) record holder is (14-5) in the UFC. Brunson is currently #5 in the middleweight roster and is a viable prospect for the title shot. However, if he didn’t get a title fight against Israel Adesanya. A match against the #2 Paulo Costa would be right for Brunson.

After his impressive performances, Derek Brunson has rightfully earned the right to call out the current middleweight champion. However, it’s in the hands of the promotion. It will excite the combat fans to see what he delivers next.

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Who do you think Derek Brunson should fight next?

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Afnan Chougle

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Afnan Chougle is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. Besides writing, this Media graduate is an integral part of the digital web stories team for combat sports. Before joining EssentiallySports, Afnan gained valuable experience as an intern at Jiostudios Production House.

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