Derek Brunson has revealed he intends to retire from MMA after his next two fights, regardless of their outcome.
Brunson, who fights Jared Cannonier this weekend, revealed his intention to step away from the octagon after his next two bouts in the UFC 271 pre-fight press conference and claimed he would hang up the gloves regardless of how his final two fights go.
The 38-year-old has credited wanting to spend more time with his family as a major reason behind the decision, telling reporters: “I spent a lot of time getting ready for these fights. You know, like away from my family and stuff.
“I’m missing soccer games and stuff like that for my daughters. That’s more important to me than chasing money and stuff.”
The news comes as a surprise, as Brunson is currently enjoying the best run of his UFC career, picking up five straight victories, over the likes of Kevin Holland and Darren Till. In fact, the southpaw hasn’t tasted defeat since current middleweight champion Israel Adesanya beat him in November 2018.
Brunson also revealed he had prepared for his retirement, saying: “I’ve been smart with my money, made enough money. I have no excuses.”
When asked about his potential plans for after his fighting career was over, the North Carolina man revealed he had already gotten involved in several different ventures.
“You know, I got a lot of little businesses going on. I do a little bit of real estate, I got a gym, fight promotion, manage a little bit of fighters, so yeah, I got a lot of little things going on,” he said.
While a victory over Cannonier at UFC 271 would deem Brunson worthy of a title shot in his next outing, the likelihood of UFC president Dana White granting the 38-year-old the honor seems very slim now that he has made it clear he will step away from fighting following the bout, regardless of whether he becomes champion or not.
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