Derek Brunson isn't happy. In fact, it seems like he's still furious at his 29-28, 29-28, 30-27 loss to Anderson Silva at #UFC208. His anger and confusion are not entirely unwarranted. He did well against one of the best fighters ever, but he also came up short on all three judge's scorecards. There's not much you can do about that at the end of the day. Platitudes like the phrase "at the end of the day" can be infuriating when you're dealing with outside forces determining your paycheck, but they still ring painfully clear when you're at the bank without a win bonus.
Simply put: Derek Brunson lost, Anderson Silva won, and Brunson isn't happy about it. He wrote the following post to his fans and seemingly the officials at the event on Facebook:
The post reads:
“UFC 208 in summary (probably a good read):”
“To those who say move on. Leave your house unlocked and let someone come in and take whatever they want. Don’t file a police report, move on cause it happened. Don’t be a poor sport, people get robbed all the time. One more let your wife or gf have an affair, suck it up the same day cry baby it happens, stop bringing it up move it. I think you got my point by now. Fighting Anderson Silva was a signature and career defining moment that was stolen from me. I watched the fight twice today with a group of people. We scored the fight giving myself only the solid strikes I landed. We gave Anderson the strikes landed and the punches it look like he landed.”
“Round 1: I landed 39 kicks and punches to Anderson 8. We measured each other for 2 minute in the middle of the octagon, the next 2 minutes I threw fakes backing him up and had him against the cage where I dirty boxed. He then came forward the last 45 secs trying a flying knee in which I blocked and he landed on his back and I was on top of him getting off 2 punches. Clear round for me.”
“Round 2: I landed 16 he landed 16 but I had a takedown. Only round I could see going to Anderson”
“Round 3: I was the early aggressor landing jab leg kick and straight left uppercut hook when the round started cause I could’ve seen it being 1-1. I landed 31 kicks and punches and got a takedown with 1:30 left. Anderson landed 18 strikes (7 was from his back where they don’t usually count). ”
“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!””
I like Derek Brunson. I think he's a hell of a fighter, but he's making some wild claims here.
Here are his two most confusing points:
Number one: "In conclusion several say he defended takedowns, you do not get points for defending takedowns or punches."
But do you get points for missing a takedown? If he expertly sprawls and is then on top of you, is that not Octagon control? Does he not have the advantage over you? Did he not nullify your attacks?
Number two: I was the early aggressor landing jab leg kick and straight left uppercut hook when the round started cause I could’ve seen it being 1-1. I landed 31 kicks and punches and got a takedown with 1:30 left. Anderson landed 18 strikes (7 was from his back where they don’t usually count). ”
The only strikes that landed powerfully when Brunson was on top of Anderson were Anderson's elbows from the bottom. Brunson did little with the position when he had the top position.
Was it a bad decision? Not nearly as bad as Brunson is making it out to be. Brunson also looked gassed halfway through the bout, and was landing weak punches. Was he landing? Yes. Were they doing damage or even bothering Anderson, who seemed to be toying with Brunson? No.
Winning a big fight like this is a life changer for Brunson, who was knocking on the top 5 of a stacked division, but to decry "don't leave it to the judges" as "the dumbest statement ever" is a paradox. This is why you don't leave it to the judges. Anderson had control. He nullified most of Brunson's offense, and made Brunson look silly most of the time.
Of course, people are split on the decision, but when you have a relatively open-ended scoring system like the 10-9 must, then you're going to have weird decisions. Did Brunson deserve to win? Maybe. Did he? No. That's the bottom line.