Derek Brunson Biography

( 1984 - )
August 19, 2019
First published on:May 2, 2018
by John Max

Facts of Derek Brunson

Date of Birth: 1984, January 4
Age: 36 years old
Birth Nation: United States
Height: 6 Feet 1 Inch
Birth Name Derek T. Brunson
Famous Name Derek Brunson
Father Unknown
Mother Unknown
Net Worth Above $ 2 million
Salary $ 8,00,000 he is eatimated to earn as an annual salry
Nationality American
Ethnicity African
Currently Working For Ultimate Fighting Championship
Currently Married Yes
Children 2 daughters
Tatto(s) Unknown

Derek T. Brunson or famous as Derek Brunson is a professional American mixed martial artist (MMA) who currently fights for Ultimate Fight Championship ( UFC) in the middleweight category.

A purple belt winner in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under the tutelage of David Branch, he also competed at American MMA organization, Strikeforce.

How Much Is Derek Brunson’s  Net worth In 2019? Know His Income Source & Career Earnings

He earns a good sum of money through his MMA career. His earnings from sponsorships with sports brand like Reebok and salary could be more than $ 2 million, as of 2019. Back in 2015, his net worth was reported to be around $1 million.

His Total UFC career earning is disclosed below down the table:

Date Event Earnings
December 29, 2012 UFC 155  $30,000
November 6, 2013 UFC: Fight for the Troops 3 $34,000
January 15, 2014 UFC Fight Night: Rockhold vs. Philippou $69,000 
August 30, 2014 UFC 177 $44,000
January 31, 2015 UFC 183 $50,000
August 8, 2015 UFC Fight Night: Teixeira vs. Saint Preux $61,000
February 21, 2016 UFC Fight Night: Cowboy vs. Cowboy  $72,000 
September 17, 2016 UFC Fight Night: Poirier vs. Johnson $76,000
November 27, 2016 UFC Fight Night: Whittaker vs. Brunson $95,000
February 11, 2017 UFC 208  $45,000
June 11, 2017 UFC Fight Night: Lewis vs. Hunt $85,000
October 28, 2017 UFC Fight Night: Brunson vs. Machida  $134,000
January 27, 2018 UFC on Fox: Jacaré vs. Brunson 2 $54,000
November 3, 2018 UFC 230 $54,000
May 4, 2019 UFC Fight Night: Iaquinta vs. Cowboy $93,000
August 17, 2019 UFC 241 $190,000

Beside UFC, he has also competed at Strikeforce, Carolina's Summer Fight Series, and World Extreme Fighting through which he might have earned a decent sum. According to the source, his total fighting career is reported $1,030,000. 

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With a tremendous net worth and salary, he is living a lavish lifestyle. Further, he owns a Rolls-Royce worth $450,000.

Derek Brunson’s Personal Life; Is he Married?

Currently 35, he stands at a height of  6 feet 1 inch tall and weighs around 76 kg.

He has a reach of 76 inches which he effectively during his fight. Derek Brunson is reported to be married, his wife name is not known. He has three children with his wife including 2 daughters and a son named Elijah.

The details of his family and personal life is very much limited as he seems to be very secretive about his life.

Derek Brunson’s Early Career

Derek Brunson is of American nationality with an African heritage. He was born on January 4, 1984, in Wilmington North Carolina United States. He did his schooling at John T Hoggard High School and got a scholarship in both cheerleading and wrestling. His wrestling coach at the school was Dan Willis.

Brunson was the three-time winner of Division II All American Wrestler from the University of North Carolina.

After his graduation, he focused on more on MMA and trained under Renzo Gracie in Jiu-Jitsu and MMA under Greg Jackson alongside Jon Jones.

Derek Brunson’s Career

He started his professional MMA career with a bout against John Bryant in May 2010 and won with a rear naked choke hold within sixty seconds.

Brunson later signed with another American MMA promotion, Strikeforce and made his debut against Jermy Hamilton and won via a unanimous decision.

He was supposed to appear at the Ultimate Fighter 17 due to a contractual dispute he was not able to compete.

Brunson later joined the renowned UFC and made his debut as a replacement for injured  Karlos Vemola in a fight against Chris Leben on December 29, 2012, at the event, UFC 155.

He won the fight via unanimous decision and signed a new four-year contract with the promotion on February 15, 2014.

Brunson was expected to fight against Lorenz Larkin on August 2, 2014, at UFC 176 and due to the show being canceled, the match instead took place at UFC 177 on August 30, 2014.

He won the match by a unanimous decision.

Brunson faced Ronaldo Souza on January 27, 2018, in the main event of UFC and but lost via TKO in the very first round of the fight. He was defeated by Israel Adesanya on November 3, 2018, at UFC 230.

Further, he marked his victory against Elias Theodorou and Ian Heinisch at UFC Fight Night: Iaquinta vs. Cowboy and UFC 241. 

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