With three UFC victories already this year, Israel ‘The Last Stylebender’ Adesanya (14-0) meteoric rise in the UFC looks set to continue as he takes on number 6 ranked middleweight contender Derek Brunson (18-6) on November 30th at Madison Square Garden at UFC 230.
The fight was formally announced at the UFC 25th anniversary press conference last week. The fight is one Adesanya has wanted since he comfortably beat Brad Tavares last month at the Ultimate Fighter Finale. The card is already packed with middleweight contenders including Yoel Romero taking on Paula Costa and Ronaldo ‘Jacare’ Souza against David Branch. The number of middleweights on the card is sure to excite the fans with the winners of each fight getting one step closer to UFC gold.
Adesanya has had an explosive start to his UFC career and is being touted by many as a future champion. With his kickboxing background, Adesanya has talked the talk and certainly walked the walk since making his debut at UFC 221 in Perth in February. The Kiwi fighter has recently broken into the top 15 and while Paulo Costa (12-0) was his initial preferred opponent, Derek Brunson represents a stiff challenge in a stacked division.
Brunson himself is looking to bounce back after a first-round KO defeat to Jacare earlier this year. Brunson has won 7 of his 9 UFC victories by way of first-round stoppage and has great wrestling pedigree which is an area that could trouble Adesanya.
While no main event has been announced for the card, Nate Diaz is scheduled to fight Dustin Poirier in the co-main event in a highly anticipated lightweight match-up.