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Brunson Targets Israel Adesanya after Win over Till at UFC Vegas 36

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Derek Brunson dominated England’s Darren Till at UFC  Vegas 36 before calling immediately for a re-match with middleweight champion Nigeria’s Israel Adesanya.  

He beat him at UFC 230 back in November 2018 and Brunson is eager to show how far he has come – but he received a swift and dismissive reply from the Last Stylebender. 

After sealing victory in Las Vegas,  Brunson roared into the camera: ‘Israel Adesanya, boy, I ain’t been working all this time for nothing boy. You next, boy. You next!’ 

Brunson then added post-fight: ‘I’m tired of these guys not mentioning my name.

‘You know [Adesanya], look at the camera, mention my name. I heard you mentioning Till and [Jared] Cannonier. 

‘Because I’ve been busting my butt, four years after my loss to get back to this point. I’m ready to contend.’

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Adesanya, often quick to respond when called out, was dismissive. He posted on Twitter: ‘Calm down… boy. You still a bum… son’ in an apparent play on words on Brunson’s surname. 

Adesanya also included a video of Brunson calling him out on Saturday night overlaid with the caption: ‘… Remember the last time he called me ‘boy.” 

Till, 28, from Liverpool, opened the middleweight bout with some strong boxing but struggled to defend against Brunson’s superior wrestling.

Brunson took Till to the ground multiple times in the first two rounds, inflicting a hefty amount of damage.

The third round began in similar fashion to the first with Till wobbling Brunson with a deft one-two combo.

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However he was unable to capitalise, eventually succumbing to another takedown and allowing Brunson to take his back and lock in a rear-naked choke. 

Till was upbeat despite a fourth loss in his last five fights and posted pictures of two fighters – Michael Bisping and Charles Oliveira – who struggled before rising to become UFC champions. 

Oliveira replied by saying: ‘Keep your head up, never give up! God knows everything. Return home, get back in the gym – train and dedicated [sic] yourself.’ 

Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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