Derek Brunson won a unanimous decision over Chris Leben at UFC 155 in Las Vegas on Saturday night.
Brunson worked his takedowns throughout the fight, but both fighters lacked the stamina to land any significant strikes after the first round.
In the first round, Brunson brought the fight to the ground and landed several shots on his opponent. Leben attempted to recover to the feet, but Brunson continued to pressure through the first five minutes of the contest.
Brunson got another takedown early on the second round, but looked noticeably tired as time went on. Leben landed more punches, but none landed with any significant impact. After time of the round expired, Brunson kneeled down in his corner, gasping for breath.
Both fighters were out of breath in the third round. Brunson scored another takedown late in the final frame and solidified the win.
With the victory, Brunson wins his UFC debut, while Leben hasn’t won in the octagon since July 2011.
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