Brunson submits Till; Paddy Pimblett thrills in UFC debut

UFC middleweight Derek Brunson throws a punch. (Justin Tang/CP)

Derek Brunson extended his impressive winning streak to five with a submission victory over Darren Till in the main event of a UFC Fight Night card in Las Vegas.

Brunson submitted Till with a rear-naked choke in the third round of a fight in which he effectively used his wrestling and ground-and-pound to get the better of Till.

The 37-year-old ranked middleweight hasn’t lost since being stopped by 185-pound champ Israel Adesanya in 2018 despite being the betting underdog in all five of those matchups.

Brunson (23-7) called for a rematch with Adesanya following his win.

Adesanya is expected to face former champion Robert Whittaker later this year. It's unclear if Brunson would be next in line but based on his recent work he could realistically be no more than one win away from earning his first title shot.

Meanwhile, Till (18-4-1) has now lost four of his past five outings dating back to 2018.

England’s Tom Aspinall needed just half a round to finish Sergey Spivak in the co-main event. The rising heavyweight is now 4-0 in the UFC with four stoppages.

Also on the main card, fan favoirite Paddy Pimblett made a successful UFC debut with a first-round knockout of Luigi Vendramini. Pimblett (17-3) became a star in the Cage Warriors organization before signing with the UFC.

Below are the full results from the event.

-- Derek Brunson def. Darren Till by submission (rear-naked choke)
-- Tom Aspinall def. Sergey Spivak by TKO (elbow and punches)
-- Alex Morono def. David Zawada by unanimous decision
-- Khalil Rountree Jr. def. Modestas Bukauskas by TKO (leg kick)
-- Paddy Pimblett def. Luigi Vendramini by knockout

-- Molly McCann def. Ji Yeon Kim by unanimous decision
-- Jack Shore def. Liudvik Sholinian by unanimous decision
-- Julian Erosa def. Charles Jourdain by submission (D’Arce choke)
-- Marc-André Barriault def. Dalcha Lungiambula by unanimous decision

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