Welcome back Chris Leben. Was Derek Brunson ready for a fighter like the former TUF 1 star? Keep reading to find out.
Early on, Brunson landed a grazing right. He then connected with a body kick, which Leben caught. Leben wasn't able to pull off the takedown. Actually, Brunson turned the tables on him and netted one of his own. From there, the UFC first timer executed some ground and pound on Leben, who was active from the guard position. Brunson momentarily gained the mount, only to watch Leben get back to half guard. But Brunson was able to land a hard elbow along the way. After some more ground and pound, Leben finally got to his feet. But the bell sounded soon after.
Brunson takes round one.
Leben answered a Brunson kick with a decent punch early in round two. Brunson shot in again, but this time Leben managed to shirk the attempt. With Leben pressed against the wall, Brunson landed a knee. Then Leben gained some separation, and hit home with a big left hand. That said, Brunson once again took his adversary down. Leben got up again. The former TUF competitor hit home with a nice uppercut. Brunson landed a lot of punches that did no damage to his opponent, who is known for his chin. Leben hit home with a nice low kick. Then another one. Brunson connected with a combination. Then he hit home with nice left. Brunson pressed Leben into the cage wall. Leben gained separation. The two started to exchange, with Leben slowly beginning to get the better of things. Leben stopped another takedown attempt. Then came the bell.
I think that Leben lost another round, though it was somewhat close. He needs a stoppage in round three in order to win.
Brunson landed another takedown relatively early in round three. After accepting some strikes, Leben was able to get up. That said, both were fatigued and the subsequent strikes both landed weren't all that hard. Still, Leben was the aggressor in the final round, connecting on several occasions until Brunson took him down again. Leben did get back up, but was unable to end things.
Derek Brunson should take home victory.
Derek Brunson defeats Chris Leben by unanimous decision.