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5. Derek Brunson Vs. Ian Heinisch

Derek Brunson might be one of the great middleweight mysteries. There are some fantastic examples of him absolutely blitzing opponents inside of the Octagon. His brutal knockout wins over the likes of former UFC light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida and Dan Kelly- showed that on his day he can be one of the most dangerous knockout artists in the division.

However, as much as he's proven that he's got heavy hands, he also has a tendency to lose his focus, throw the game plan out of the window and eventually get knocked out. We saw it against Israel Adesanya and Robert Whittaker, where he waded forward recklessly and his opponent picked him off before landing the kill shot.

Whether or not Ian Heinisch has that ability remains to be seen. He's looked more dangerous on the ground than he has on the feet, so he'll be wanting to get this fight to the floor. That might not be easy against Brunson, who has some decent wrestling credentials. Expect Brunson to sprawl and brawl against Heinisch and look to land a knockout punch early on and finish the fight.


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