Derek Brunson is ready to take on the upper echelon of the UFC middleweight division. Brunson (21-7 MMA, 12-5 UFC), who recently put a halt to three rising contenders’ winning streaks, thinks he’s done more than enough to get a crack at some of the higher-ranked 185 pounders. He’s coming off a third-round finish of previously unbeaten Edmen Shahbazyan in August and is done being the veteran that young stars are trying to build their names off. Although he was recently offered a former champion, Brunson is eyeing someone who will help propel him to a title run. “It’s one fight that I’ve really been offered, Chris Weidman, he’s a guy who’s ranked No.

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