Derek Brunson is targeting a middleweight with ex-middleweight champion Michael Bisping.
“Dear [Bisping], you’re no easy fight. Obviously you’re ranked ahead of me,” Brunson wrote on Twitter above a picture of a signed bout agreement with his name.
Of course, the pictured bout agreement doesn’t necessarily mean a fight with Bisping is in the works. Brunson redacted the name of his opponent on the contract, which means he could have simply taken a picture of an old document. Regardless, Brunson’s intent is clear.
“It only makes sense for a [No. 6], being you, and a [No. 7], being me, to fight. Upside for both of us,” Brunson wrote. “The top half of the division is older than us both, stop crying. You aren’t going anywhere, neither am I.”
Dear @bisping,— Derek Brunson (@DerekBrunson) February 20, 2018
You’re no easy fight. Obviously you’re ranked ahead of me... it only makes sense for a #6 being you and #7 being me to fight. Upside for both of us. The top half of the division is older than us both stop crying. You aren’t going anywhere, neither am I. pic.twitter.com/3mTRfZqKns
Brunson’s claim that Bising isn’t “going anywhere” might not necessarily be correct, however. The 38-year-old Englishman recently revealed that his family has urged him to retire without his desired farewell fight. That hypothetical retirement bout was initially supposed to take place at UFC Fight Night 127 in London on March 17, but “The Count” eventually confirmed that he would not be appearing on the card. Bisping hasn’t competed since November, when he was finished by both Georges St. Pierre and Kelvin Gastelum in a three-week span.
Brunson, meanwhile, suffered a first-round knockout loss to Ronaldo Souza in his most recent outing in the UFC on Fox 27 headliner on Jan. 27. Prior to that defeat, the 34-year-old had earned consecutive first-round knockout victories over Daniel Kelly and Lyoto Machida.