Derek Brunson was offered a huge opportunity to fight Gegard Mousasi at UFC 200 on July 9th. Unfortunately, he is unable to compete on the card due to lingering vision problems. He explained his issues in a Facebook post yesterday:
Brunson (15-3, 6-1 UFC) has had issues with his vision before. Prior to the lasik surgery he mentioned in the post, he had always competed with contact lenses in. When applying for a license in Ohio to fight Ronaldo Souza in 2012, the commission there denied his license request because they have a rule against fighting with contacts. That's why he scheduled the surgery. He did eventually get the Souza fight, but was knocked out in under a minute.
Obviously he has turned it around in the UFC, picking up six wins, with his only loss coming to top contender Yoel Romero. He has won his last three by TKO, only taking a combined five minutes and 33 seconds to do it.
No replacement has been named yet, but you can expect Mousasi to remain on the card. UFC 200 goes down July 9th in Vegas, with Daniel Cormier vs. Jon Jones 2 as the headliner.