Jon Delbrugge wants quality opponents, eyes late 2017 return

Jon Delbrugge. Photo Credit: Shogun Fights.

Jon Delbrugge (9-4) is choosing quality over quantity these days.

He is currently suffering a two fight skid and instead of searching for a tune-up bout, DelBrugge wants experienced opponents.

“I have 13 pro fights. More fights for the sake of more fights is silly,” Delbrugge said. “Quality performances will matter most. I’d rather be (2-0) than (2-2) in the span of 16 months.”

He fought three times during 2016, but has yet to step inside the cage this year. After winning four-straight bouts throughout 2015 and 2016, Delbrugge lost by unanimous decision to Mike Wilkins at CFFC 60 on Aug. 6, 2016.

The Ellicot City, Maryland resident looked to rebound on Oct. 15, 2016. At Shogun Fights 15, Delbrugge dropped another unanimous decision, this time to Chancey Foxworth.

He has hopes to make it back to the top of the regional 155 lbs. division. Delbrugge is a former Ring of Combat lightweight champ, after he tapped out Whitney Francois with a first-round rear-naked choke at ROC 53 Nov. 20, 2015.

He won seven out of his last 10 bouts. Out of those victories, Delbrugge submitted five of them, tapping four of them out by RNC.

At 31 years old, Delbrugge said it comes down to making the right decision from here on out.

“I got to be smart,” Delbrugge said.

For now, DelBrugge is in no rush to compete and is eyeing a return to the cage by the end of 2017. As far as what he will be doing during his time away from competition, Delbrugge plans to train and relax.

“Just living the martial arts life,” Delbrugge said. “Chilling.”

By NJ MMA News Staff


Writing for NJ MMA New since 2011, Connor is passionate about covering local mixed martial arts. He graduated from Temple University’s School of Media and Communications with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. His love for MMA stems from his past as a high school wrestler and jiu-jitsu blue belt. Former UFC fighter Kurt Pellegrino coached Connor in his senior year of high school. He worked as a Rally Sports Desk report for The Philadelphia Inquirer and interned as a sports reporter for the Philadelphia Daily News.