Derek Brunson had something to say in the main event UFC on ESPN+ 31 Saturday night.

The middleweight veteran overcame some significant strikes of prospect Edmen Shahbazyan in the first two rounds to emerge with a third round stoppage at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas.

Shahbazyan was checked by the doctor at the end of the second round and after a lengthy consultation, was deemed fit to continue. But Brunson left no doubt in the third frame, forcing referee Herb Dean to call the bout 26 seconds in after follow-up strikes.

Bobby Green and Lando Vanetta secured Fight of the Night, while Vicente Luque and Jennifer Maia earned performances of the night Each fighter earned a $50,000 USD bonus.

Kenai Andrews checks in with his thoughts on the main card.

In case you missed the prelims:

CHRIS GUTTIERIEZ VS. CODY DURDEN UD (28-28, 28-28, 28-28)

JAMALL EMMERS DEF. VICENT CHACERO VIA UD (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

NATHAN MANESS DEF. JOHNNY MUNOZ VIA UD (29-27, 29-27, 29-27)

JONATHAN MARTINEZ DEF. FRANKIE SAENZ VIA TKO (KNEE AND PUNCHES) R3 0:57

MAIN CARD 

LANDO VANETTA VS. BOBBY GREEN

 

WINNER: BOBBY GREEN VIA UD (30-26, 30-27, 30-27)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: LANDO VANETTA VIA UD

Andrews: Green just went in there and enforced his gameplan. Good win.

#11 RANDY BROWN VS. VICENTE LUQUE

 

WINNER: VINCENTE LUQUE VIA TKO (KNEES AND PUNCHES) R2 4:56

ANDREWS PREDICTION: VICENTE LUQUE VIA TKO

Andrews: Brown almost made it, but got caught.

#3 JOANNE CALDERWOOD VS. #6 JENNIFER MAIA

 

WINNER: JENNIFER MAIA VIA SUBMISSION (ARMBAR) R1 4:29

ANDREWS PREDICTION: JOANNE CALDERWOOD VIA UD

Andrews: If JoJo kept the fight on the feet she probably would have won, but maybe not as Maia looked in both areas. Great win for Jennifer.

MAIN EVENT

#8 DEREK BRUNSON VS. #9 EDMEN SHAHBAZYAN

 

WINNER: DEREK BRUNSON VIA TKO (PUNCHES) R3 0:26

ANDREWS PREDICTION: EDMEN SHAHBAZYAN VIA TKO

Andrews: Good performance for Edmen, but Brunson overcame it with the experience of a veteran.

@kenaiandrews UFC on ESPN+ 31: Derek Brunson stops Edmen Shahbazyan