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UFC Vegas 36: Derek Brunson grounds and chokes out Darren Till

Now It's time to chill for a title shot or a top-5

Derek Brunson took care of business Saturday afternoon, choking out Darren Till and keeping himself in the middleweight title shot conversation at UFC Vegas 36.

Despite Till’s best efforts to keep the fight standing, Brunson (23-7-0) landed takedowns in all three rounds taking the starch out of Till (18-4-1). In the third round Till, found some striking success only to be taken down again and set up for the rear-naked choke.

Brunson recorded his fifth consecutive win and called out champion Israel Adesanya in the post-fight interview.

Molly McCann and Jim Yeon Kim secured Fight of the Night while Paddy Pimblett and Tom Aspinall earned performances of the night. Each fighter earned a $50,000 USD bonus.

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

Im case you missed the prelims:

MARC-ANDRE BARRIAULT DEF. DALCHA LUNGIAMBULA VIA UD (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)

JULIAN EROSA DEF. CHARLES JOURDIAN VIA SUBMISSION (D’ARCE CHOKE) R3 2:56

JACK SHORE DEF. LIUDVIK SHOLINIAN VIA UD (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

MOLLY MCANN DEF. JIM YEON KIM VIA UD (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

MAIN CARD 

PADDY PIMBLETT VS. LUIGI VENDRAMIN 

 

WINNER: PADDY PIMBLETT VIA TKO (PUNCHES) R1 4:25

ANDREWS PREDICTION: PADDY PIMBLETT VIA SUBMISSION

Andrews: Paddy wasn’t nervous at all. The UFC hype begins now.

MODESTAS BUKAUSKAS VS. KHALIL ROUNTREE JR. 

 

WINNER: KHALIL ROUNTREE JR. VIA TKO (LEGKICKS) R2 2:30

ANDREWS PREDICTION: MODESTAS BUKAUSKAS VIA TKO

Andrews: Just when I think Rountree is washed, he comes up big with an impressive performance.

ALEX MORONO VS. DAVID ZAWADA

 

WINNER: ALEX MORONO VIA UD (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: ALEX MORONO VIA UD 

Andrews: Morono came in on short notice and took care of business.

#13 TOM ASPINALL VS. #14 SERGEY SPIVAK

WINNER: TOM ASPINALL VIA TKO (PUNCHES) R1 2:30

ANDREWS PREDICTION: TOM ASPINALL VIA TKO

Andrews: Tom is like The Terminator. Just takes the guy out and goes on his way.

MAIN EVENT

#4 DEREK BRUNSON VS. #7 DARREN TILL 

WINNER: DEREK BRUNSON VIA SUBMISSION (RNC) R2 2:13

ANDREWS PREDICTION: DEREK BRUNSON VIA UD

Andrews: Brunson put Till on the ground and worked him with his wrestling and set him up with the choke. Good smart win and another example of controlled aggression.

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KenaiAndrewshttps://www.mmacrossfire.com
Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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