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Report: UFC interested in Brunson vs. Adesanya for UFC 230

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A fourth middleweight bout might be headed to UFC 230 in New York City.

MMA: UFC Fight Night-Souza vs Brunson Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

A pivotal middleweight bout might be headed to Madison Square Garden.

The UFC is targeting Derek Brunson vs. Israel Adesanya for UFC 230 in November, ESPN’s Ariel Helwani reported Wednesday evening. However, as of yet the fight is not finalized.

Brunson has called out “The Last Style Bender” multiple times since Adesanya’s win over Brad Tavares in The Ultimate Fighter 27 Finale main event earlier this month. In a social media post on Tuesday, the middleweight contender said Adesanya talks too much and said their eventual fight will be an “embarrassment party.”

The following day, Brunson tweeted that he has agreed to the bout for UFC 230. He wondered if Adesanya, who has apparently yet to officially agree to the fight, is “hibernating.”

Adesanya responded early Thursday morning.

Brunson is coming off a first-round knockout loss to Ronaldo Souza in January. That defeat snapped a two-fight winning streak, which consisted of knockouts over former light heavyweight champ Lyoto Machida and Daniel Kelly.

Adesanya made his UFC debut in February, stopping Mike Wilkinson in the second round at UFC 221. In his sophomore appearance, the New Zealander went to the judges against Marvin Vettori and won a split decision.

Most recently, the undefeated 29-year-old beat veteran Tavares by one-sided decision in what most considered his most complete and impressive Octagon performance to date.

UFC 230 takes place Nov. 3 in New York City. No main event has been announced for the card, but it currently features 185-pound bouts between Luke Rockhold and Chris Weidman, Yoel Romero and Paulo Costa, and “Jacare” and David Branch.