The top of the UFC Vegas 36 main card was a collision of top-10 middleweights, in which the company’s #5 rated 185-pounder, Derek Brunson, sub’d the #7 rated, Darren Till, in the third act. Till started strong in the opening round with a set of stinging straights, but Brunson hit a big takedown that changed everything. He was landing some damaging ground and pound that roughed up Till’s face before the second round. From there, Brunson hit more takedowns, before ultimately finding the back in the third and sinking the choke.
Check out Mookie Alexander’s play-by-play of Derek Brunson’s finish of Darren Till:
Derek Brunson vs. Darren Till - Round 3
Left hand connects for Till. Another exchange by Till prompts Brunson to close the distance but he eats a knee and then an elbow and absorbs a heavy low kick. Brunson not stopping these leg kicks at all. Slow uppercut by Brunson misses badly. Left hand by Tills cracks Brunson and he looks hurt! But Till is gonna get taken down and into full mount! Oh what a turn of events. Brunson gets back mount! He’s going for the rear-naked choke and GETS IT! What a win for Derek Brunson!
Derek Brunson def. Darren Till by submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:13 of round 3