Derek Brunson Fires Back at Those Saying ‘Don’t Leave it to The Judges’
By FCF Staff
It’s been a couple of days since Derek Brunson’s controversial defeat to Anderson Silva, and he’s firing back at folks who have told him it’s time to move on, and he shouldn’t have let the bout go to the judges.
Brunson lost the UFC 208 main event by unanimous decision, as the judges scored it 29-28, 29-28, 30-27 in favor of the legendary Silva. But, the consensus online and amongst the media is that Brunson should have been awarded the fight.
Shortly after UFC 208, Brunson criticized the judges via social media, and more recenetly, he posted a lengthy statement on Facebook. Brunson took issue with fans who have been telling him to just move on from the loss, and he also had this to say about the ‘don’t let it go to the judges’ argument:
In conclusion several say he defended takedowns, you do not get points for defending takedowns or punches. You only get credit for landing. He’s a high level striker, I did not fight scared or showed him too much respect. I’ve sparred and trained with top kick boxers and Jon Jones for years who’s the best fighter currently. But Anderson’s counter striking is better than all. So I had to be patient otherwise he finishes you like others in the past.Never leave to judges lol. That’s what judges are for. Otherwise make it a fight to finish or someone quits. Dumbest statement ever. 19 of 23 media outlets had me winning. Including Dana who said it on an interview Fox Sports after the fight Ariel Helwani, Damon and Cormier along with 85% of others. I clearly won 29-28, some may say 30-27 but for sure 29-28. I lost a win , money and a career defining win over a legend who I would’ve been honored to have. Don’t ask me anymore about the fight I’m done talking about it. On to the next!
Brunson was coming off a stoppage defeat to Robert Whittaker heading into UFC 208. Prior to that, the middleweight contender had won five straight.