Derek Brunson Height, Weight, Age, Facts, Spouse, Education, Biography

Derek Brunson Quick Info
Height 6 ft 1 in
Weight 84 kg
Date of Birth January 4, 1984
Zodiac Sign Capricorn
Spouse Kayla Mork

Derek Brunson is an American professional mixed martial artist who began competing in the middleweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), in 2012. As of August 2021, he was ranked number 4 in the UFC middleweight rankings. Before joining UFC in 2012, he had put together a win-loss record of 9–2 competing in promotions such as Carolina’s Summer Fight Series, ICE: Fright Night, XFP: The Holiday Fight Fest, World Extreme Fighting, Strikeforce, and ShoFight. He holds a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

Born Name

Derek T. Brunson

Nick Name

The One

Sun Sign


Born Place

Wilmington, New Hanover County, North Carolina, United States


Wilmington, New Hanover County, North Carolina, United States





Derek had attended the John T. Hoggard High School, a public school in his hometown of Wilmington. After his high school graduation, he had joined the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, a public university in Pembroke, North Carolina.


Professional Mixed Martial Artist






6 ft 5 in or 195.5 cm

Net Worth

Derek Brunson’s net worth had been $500 thousand according to

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6 ft 1 in or 185.5 cm


84 kg or 185 lbs

Girlfriend / Spouse

Derek has dated –

  1. Kayla Mork – Through his marriage to Kayla Mork, Derek has 2 daughters and a son named Jayden Khi Brunson.

Race / Ethnicity


He is of African-American descent.

Hair Color


He often tends to dye his hair blonde.

Eye Color

Dark Brown

Sexual Orientation


Distinctive Features

  • Toned physique
  • Close-cropped hair
  • Sports a trimmed goatee
  • Affable smile
  • Has tattoos on both his arms
  • Has his chest covered in tattoos



Derek Brunson Facts

  1. Derek was a competitive cheerleader and also a wrestler in his high school days, and had earned college scholarships in both those disciplines. He had chosen to take up the wrestling scholarship.
  2. During his college career, he had competed in the NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) Division II Championships between 2003 and 2005 and had accumulated a 6-7 win-loss record. He was an NCAA Division II ‘All-American’ in both 2003 and 2005. He had transitioned to mixed martial arts only after he had finished college.
  3. He had made his professional mixed martial arts debut in May 2010 and had defeated his opponent by a rear-naked choke in just 52 seconds. He went on to win his next 5 fights and none of those bouts had gone past the 2:30 minutes mark of the first round. His unbeaten record only came to an end in his 10th bout.
  4. In late 2012, he was accepted to compete in The Ultimate Fighter 17, an installment of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC)-produced reality TV series The Ultimate Fighter. However, on the very first day of filming, he was removed from the competition as he had not yet been released from his previous contract by ShoFight. After clearing out that legal issue, he had eventually made his UFC debut in December 2012.
  5. His alma mater, the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, had named him their ‘Young Alumnus of the Year’ in 2014. In 2016, the institution had inducted him into their ‘Athletics Hall of Fame’.
  6. As of September 2021, he had won 3 UFC Bonus Awards – ‘Fight of the Night’ (twice), and ‘Performance of the Night’ (once).
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