Derek Brunson Absolutely TORCHES Dan Kelly At UFC Auckland

The co-main event at UFC 100 saw fan favourite Dan Kelly take on blitzing brawler Derek Brunson in a middleweight bout in front an arena full of screaming Kiwis in Auckland, New Zealand.

Though Australia and New Zealand are usually heated rivals on the sporting field, Kelly was welcomed as one of their own by the Kiwi fans as he looked to take his winning streak to five in a row.

Kelly (13-1 before this fight) came into this bout as the rank underdog: Irish bookmakers PaddyPower had him at $3.00 while Brunson (16-5 before this fight) was the firm favourite at $1.36. Asked why the bookies kept selling him short, Kelly was philosophical:

“Well, I look really bad at the moment. Look at all the gray hair. I’m not exactly chiseled. I don’t move with a lot of fluidity, so I’m sure they look at me and go, ‘ugh, he’s not going to win; it’s going to end at some point.’ It probably will at some point, but hopefully not just yet.”

Dan Kelly

“I’m 40 at the end of the year,” he explained. “They’re always going to be like ‘how long are you going to keep at this, how much more can the body take?’ but that doesn’t bother me. That’s part of the game and it’s supposedly a young man’s game but if you look at the middleweight division, a lot of the top guys are in their mid to late 30s.

“Brunson is 33, Rashad (Evans) is 37, Anderson Silva is over 40, (Michael) Bisping is 37, Yoel Romero is my age, a lot of them are older guys.”

Derek Brunson

His opponent, the hard hitting North Carolinian Derek Brunson, was coming off back-to-back losses to Robert ‘Bobby Knuckles’ Whittaker and former champ middleweight Anderson Silva and was desperate to get his career back on track with a win over a very tricky opponent.

Bruson was able to arrest his losing streak landing a huge left hand.

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