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Derek Brunson: Uriah Hall ‘is on the level of Anderson Silva’s striking’, and I knocked him out

Brunson compares Anderson Silva to Uriah Hall and believes he has the tools to knock him out at UFC 208.

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The highlight of Derek Brunson’s career was no doubt his TKO win over Uriah Hall at UFC Fight Night 94.

Brunson, a former Strikeforce middleweight contender, dropped Hall with a nasty left hook and followed up with several punches before referee Herb Dean was forced to intervene and stop the fight.

Brunson’s knockout of Hall has boosted his confidence heading into his UFC 208 co-main event bout against Anderson Silva, as he believes Hall and Silva share a similar style.

"Uriah Hall is on the level of Anderson Silva’s striking,” Brunson told Sherdog ahead of his fight with Silva. I’m not saying better or less than but another striker. And I was able to knock him out moving forward."

Hall and Silva are two of the most dynamic strikers in the sport, but Silva is a former pound-for-pound great and is considered the greatest middleweight champion of all time. In his prime, ‘The Spider’ used Matrix-like head movement and dazzled fans with his flamboyant techniques and showboating.

The 41-year-old has lost a step since his championship reign, but Brunson believes he’s as prepared as ever heading into UFC 208.

"I’m looking at, I’m fighting a guy who is not as fast as he used to be, but this guy has all of the skills in the world. And considered the best fighter of all time," Brunson said. "So, whereas everybody else is looking at it like losses, I mean, how did he lose? Those fights were all close, and then it was unfortunate events in those fights. So, I think I’m getting a very game and ready fighter."

Brunson’s five-fight win streak came to an end when he was knocked out in the first round by the heavy handed Robert Whittaker at UFC Fight Night 101. The Brazilian Jiu Jitsu purple belt will look to rebound with a win against one of MMA’s finest and overtake Silva in the official middleweight rankings.

UFC 208, which features an inaugural women’s featherweight championship bout between Holly Holm and Germaine de Randamie, takes place this Saturday, Feb. 11, at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.