Biography(references)Brunson was a competitive cheerleader and also wrestled at John T. Hoggard High School in Wilmington, North Carolina, under coach Dan Willis. Brunson had scholarships for both cheerleading and wrestling, but chose to wrestle in college. He was a three-time NCAA Division II All-American wrestler for the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. When he finished college, he immediately turned his attention to mixed martial arts.
Awards & Accolades
UFC: Fight of the Night (Two times)vs. Yoel Romero and Robert Whittaker
UFC: Performance of the Night (One time) vs. Lyoto Machida
UFC: Second most wins in UFC middleweight history (14) (Tied with Anderson Silva and Brad Tavares)
Sherdog: 2017 Robbery of the Year vs. Anderson Silva
MMAJunkie.com: 2017 Robbery of the Year vs. Anderson Silva
MMADNA.nl: 2017 Robbery of the Year vs. Anderson Silva
National Collegiate Athletic Association: NCAA Division II All-American out of University of North Carolina at Pembroke (2003, 2005)
University of North Carolina at Pembroke: 2002 UCA Small Co-ed National Champs - Cheerleading
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