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Derek Brunson addresses 'dumbest statement' made in MMA, says he's done talking about Anderson Silva


After his UFC 208 co-headliner against former middleweight champion Anderson Silva, Derek Brunson didn’t waste any time voicing his disappointment with the 29-28, 29-28 and 30-27 scorecards in his opponent’s favor.

Now, according to a new statement, he’s done talking about the subject. But first, Brunson (16-5 MMA, 7-3 UFC) had a message to those who think he should just “move on” from the controversial call that added a second loss to his skid and got Silva (34-8 MMA, 17-4 UFC) back in the winner’s column for the first time since 2012.

“Leave your house unlocked and let someone come in and take whatever they want,” Brunson wrote. “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.”

The heavily debated middleweight bout co-headlined Saturday’s UFC 208 event at Barclays Center in Brooklyn N.Y., and it aired on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

Brunson, whose title hopes could have taken a major step forward with a win over Silva, then penned a round-by-round breakdown of the scrap he’s now watched twice. He said he only saw how the second one could possibly be given to the ex-champ. He also explained the reasons behind his cautious approach toward the former longtime champion.

“He’s a high level striker, I did not fight scared or showed him too much respect,” Brunson wrote. “I’ve sparred and trained with top kick boxers and Jon Jones (former UFC light heavyweight champ) 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.”

Before putting the subject to rest, Brunson, who’s currently No. 9 in the latest USA Today Sports/MMAjunkie MMA middleweight rankings, responded with a “lol” to the popular “Never leave it to the judges” line that tends to follow unsatisfactory decisions in MMA.

“That’s what judges are for,” Brunson said. “Otherwise make it a fight to finish or someone quits. Dumbest statement ever. 19 of 23 media outlets had me winning. Including Dana (White, UFC president) who said it on an interview Fox Sports after the fight Ariel Helwani, Damon and (Daniel) 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!”

Check out Brunson’s full post (via Facebook):

“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!”
For complete coverage UFC 208, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

(MMAjunkie’s John Morgan contributed to this report on site in Brooklyn.)

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