By The Numbers: Derek Brunson vs. Darren Till

By: Brian Knapp
Sep 2, 2021

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The struggle to stay relevant seems quite real for Derek Brunson and Darren Till.

The Top 10 contenders will collide in the UFC Fight Night 191 headliner on Saturday at the UFC Apex Las Vegas, as they battle over prime real estate in an Ultimate Fighting Championship middleweight division overshadowed by the utter brilliance of Israel Adesanya. Brunson enters the cage on the strength of a four-fight winning streak. The Sanford MMA rep last appeared at UFC on ESPN 21, where he took a five-round unanimous decision from Kevin Holland on March 20. Till, meanwhile, has lost three of his past four bouts. He last competed on July 25, when he wound up on the wrong side of a five-round unanimous verdict against Robert Whittaker at UFC on ESPN 14.

As Brunson and Till make final preparations for their high-stakes showdown, a look at some of the numbers that have accompanied them to this point:

37: Years of age for Brunson, who was born in Wilmington, North Carolina, on Jan. 4, 1984.

12: Brunson wins by knockout or technical knockout, accounting for 55% of his career total (22). His list of UFC victims: Ed Herman, Sam Alvey, Roan Carneiro, Uriah Hall, Daniel Kelly, Lyoto Machida and Edmen Shahbazyan. Brunson owns three other wins by submission and seven more by decision.

141: Combined victories between the six men—Adesanya, Whittaker, Ronaldo Souza (twice), Anderson Silva, Yoel Romero and Kendall Grove—who have defeated Brunson. They sport a cumulative winning percentage of .738 (141-50).

29: Takedowns landed by Brunson as a UFC middleweight, placing him third on the promotion’s active list at 185 pounds. Only Chris Weidman (42) and the aformentioned Herman (30) have executed more.

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71: Significant strikes by which Brunson has outlanded the opposition during his current four-fight winning streak. He has connected on 268 such strikes while eating 197 in return.

28: Years of age for Till, who was born on Dec. 24, 1992 in Liverpool, England.

10: Till victories by knockout or technical knockout, accounting for 56% of his career total (18). His list of UFC victims: Donald Cerrone and Wendell de Oliveira Marques. Till holds two other victories by submission and six more by decision.

.733: Cumulative winning percentage between the three men—Whittaker, Jorge Masvidal and Tyron Woodley—who have defeated Till. They sport a combined record of 77-27-1.

5: First-round finishes on the Till resume. However, only one of them has taken place inside the Octagon. Till buried Cerrone with punches 4:20 into their UFC Fight Night 118 main event on Oct. 21, 2017.

9: Countries in which Till has competed as a mixed martial artist. He has gone 12-0 in Brazil, 1-1 in England, 1-1 in the United States, 1-0 in Argentina, 1-0 in Sweden, 1-0 in the Netherlands, 1-0 in Poland, 0-0-1 in Ireland and 0-1 in the United Arab Emirates. Advertisement
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