In the co-main event of UFC Fight Night 94, which took place from the State Farm Arena in Hidalgo, Texas on Saturday evening, Derek Brunson did what very few people do — knock out Uriah Hall.
Brunson was favored going into the matchup, but few people expected him to starch "Primetime" like he did. Hall had only been finished once in his career up until Saturday night, and that was against then-future middleweight champ Chris Weidman almost six years ago. Plus, Hall has been criticized for his weak takedown defense in the past, and Brunson has a wrestling background.
But it happened. Brunson landed the bomb he landed in his last three fights and put away the No. 9 middleweight contender. The referee stoppage was slightly controversial for being a tad early, but the result wouldn’t have likely changed had the referee not stopped the fight when he did.
What was the highlight of the fight?
Well, it’s pretty safe to say Brunson’s thundering left hand that devastated Hall was the highlight of UFC Fight Night 94’s co-headliner, especially considering not too many expected that Brunson would land it.
Where do these two go from here?
The top of the middleweight division is stacked and most of the fighters in the title mix are currently booked, but Brunson is very close to being a title contender in the division. I think he needs one more win to be considered "in the mix." I’d like to see him square off against Robert Whittaker, who’s in a very similar position.
This was a big step backwards for Hall. It’s back to the drawing board for him. Since shocking Gegard Mousasi last year, he has now lost two in a row. A lot of people expected him to jump right into title contention — where many expected him to eventually be when he was a prospect — after that win, but he went in completely the opposite direction. That said, he still deserves to be a ranked middleweight. I wouldn’t mind a pairing with Chris Camozzi next.
Watch now, later, or never?
You definitely want to check Brunson’s win over Hall right away.