Israel Adesanya vs Derek Brunson have been booked for a fight at UFC 230. The budding rivalry between Derek Brunson and Israel Adesanya will be settled on Nov. 3 when the two middleweight contenders collide at Madison Square Garden at UFC 230 NYC .
The UFC formally announced the bout Friday at its 25th Anniversary Press Conference in Los Angeles.
Israel Adesanya vs Derek Brunson
Brunson (18-6) and Adesanya (14-0) have traded fiery, meme-filled insults at one another for weeks on social media, teasing a potential matchup.
The fight represents another big step up in the middleweight division for Adesanya, a charismatic and undefeated up-and-comer who has impressed in his first three Octagon appearances.
After debuting in the UFC with wins over Rob Wilkinson and Marvin Vettori, Adesanya proved that he belongs among the top 15 in the 185-pound division with a sensational, one-sided decision victory over Brad Tavares last month at The Ultimate Fighter 27 Finale.
While Adesanya has quickly caught the eye of many in the mixed martial arts (MMA) as possibly the next big thing, Derek isn’t buying the hype, saying that for being a boxer his striking attack is nothing to go crazy over.