CHARLOTTE, N.C.- The UFC is coming to Charlotte in January, and when the event takes over the Spectrum Center it will be a homecoming for Derek Brunson.

The Wilmington, N.C. native will come into this fight off of two straight knockouts. He has an 18-5 professional MMA record.

Brunson says after his last three fights were out of the country, he’s looking forward to being in his home state.

“I’m from North Carolina, so anywhere in North Carolina is good with me. I’ve been talking to the owners of the UFC, been texting them for years trying to get them to come back to North Carolina so we finally got it done and I’m very excited,” Brunson said.

Tickets for the event go on sale Friday, December 15th. For more information visit or