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UFC 208’s Derek Brunson: Uriah Hall’s striking is on same level as Anderson Silva’s — and I knocked him out

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Derek Brunson saw his hard-earned, five-fight win streak come to a halt in his last outing as Robert Whitaker knocked out the Jackson-Winkeljohn MMA pupil in the very first round at UFC Fight Night 94 last September (see it).

If you ask Brunson, he feels his loss was not due to a reckless style of fighting, but rather his greed, as he tells Sherdog he simply fell in love with the knockout and hoped to get one more against Robert.

“I wouldn’t call it reckless, I would say greedy,” Brunson said. “I would say I just pretty much fell in love with trying to knock people out really quickly instead of letting the fight develop. Anderson is a great counter-striker, but I’m pretty fast and, you look at my previous fights where I wouldn’t say I was as reckless but, I went in to finish and I definitely knocked guys out.”

During his win streak, four of his wins came via first-round knockout, so it’s easy to see why he would fall in love with the sensation of getting in and getting out without breaking a sweat.

Brunson will look to get back on the winning track this weekend (Sat., Feb. 11, 2017) as he takes on former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight champion, Anderson Silva, in the co-main event of UFC 208 in Brooklyn, New York (details).

And while he knows “The Spider” is known for his striking, Brunson says he’s already faced someone that has the same level of stand-up skills that are similar to the former champion.

“Uriah Hall is on the level of Anderson Silva’s striking. I’m not saying better or less than but another striker. And I was able to knock him out moving forward.”

Do you see the similarities?

While Silva hasn’t had the best run inside the Octagon over the last couple of years, losing four of his last five with his lone win against Nick Diaz getting overturned due to failed drug test, Brunson knows he can’t take the Brazilian bomber too lightly.

“I’m looking at, I’m fighting a guy who is not as fast as he used to be, but this guy has all of the skills in the world. And considered the best fighter of all time,” Brunson said. “So, whereas everybody else is looking at it like losses, I mean, how did he lose? Those fights were all close, and then it was unfortunate events in those fights. So, I think I’m getting a very game and ready fighter.”

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