UFC 271 results, highlights: Jared Cannonier rallies to stop Derek Brunson, inch closer to title shot

Cannonier bounced back from a tough first round and devastated Brunson at UFC 271

Jared Cannonier may have cemented his spot as the next UFC middleweight title challenger after decimating Derek Brunson at UFC 271 in Houston, Texa

Cannonier recovered from a difficult first round, repeatedly hurting Brunson en route to a brutal stoppage

Brunson seized control of Round 1 thanks to heavy investment in grappling and takedown

Cannonier displayed impressive balance and flexibility, but Brunson's pressure scored him top control and opened up the blonde bomber's striking

Brunson scored an unexpected late knockdown and followed up with a significant rear-naked choke attempt

The round ended, however, saving Cannonier from a potentially difficult escape

The middle frame opened with an immediate takedown from Brunson -- his last display of meaningful offense

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