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Robert Whittaker stuns Derek Brunson with Bonus-earning TKO Finish

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UFC Middleweight Robert Whittaker defeats Derek Brunson via first round TKO for the main event at UFC Fight Night: Whittaker vs. Brunson.

UFC Fight Night101 took place Saturday, November 26, 2016, in Melbourne, Australia at Rod Laver Arena. The main event bout between UFC Middleweights Robert Whittaker (17-4-0) and Derek Brunson (16-4-0) followed a hard-fought co-main bout between UFC Lightweight contenders Jake Matthews and Andrew Holbrook.

Although Brunson was known to be the slightly favored contender leading up to the bout, New Zealand-born Whittaker, being known as the “Australian underdog,” made it almost inevitable that the crowd turned up the volume in support of their hometown hero for the main event. With both Whittaker and Brunson going into the fight on a five-fight winning streak, MMA fans across the world anticipated a stellar matchup between the pair of middleweights.

Whittaker’s win against Brunson placed him on the longest active UFC win streak list with six alongside Yoel Romero (8), Michael Bisping (5), Krzysztof Jotko (5), and Gegard Mousasi (4).

Fight Recap: 

Brunson came out aggressively striking (as expected) and with his background in wrestling, it was not a surprise that he shoot in for a takedown when he saw an opening. After an exchange of punches, and successful takedown defense by Whittaker, Brunson went in for yet another takedown and caught a heavy left uppercut as Whittaker escaped, yet again. Brunson then began to lunge wildly with aggressive strikes, finding a home for a couple of punches. Whittaker stayed calm and defended well while avoiding the rush as Brunson continued to chase him around the cage, trying to end the fight. While utilizing effective counter punching to stop the attack, Whittaker would land a big head kick that sent Brunson to the floor. Whittaker jumped on to Brunson to rain down more punches until the fight was called by referee Herb Dean.

Official Result: Robert Whittaker def. Derek Brunson via TKO (Punches), Round 1 – 4:07

Whittaker, in his post-fight interview stated:

“We knew he was going to come out tough. I had no idea he was going to come out that hard. I ended up breaking out, circling out, and working to his weakness.”

And in response to questions about continuing his career:

“I’ve been in the top 10 for a while now. I’m ready for those top five contenders. I’m ready for my run now.”

 

The crowd was left almost speechless following Whittaker’s performance:

UFC Fight Night: Whittaker vs. Brunson has left the world of MMA not only in shock but also in wonder about what is next for Australia’s Robert Whittaker. His performance on the evening earned Fight of the Night honors as well as a Performance of the Night bonus, taking home an extra $100,000.

The UFC’s middleweight division has a new player gunning for the top 5, and his name is Robert Whittaker.

 

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Exclusive: Derek Brunson: “Anderson was definitely a little lubed up”

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Derek Brunson fought Anderson Silva back in February of this year, at UFC 208. Brunson would go on to lose the fight by controversial unanimous decision. However, the controversies didn’t stop at the questionable decision, Brunson also claims Silva was greasing during the fight. The Wilmington, North Carolina native, posted about it on Twitter a few days ago:

Speaking with MMA Latest, Brunson explained why he believes Silva was greasing during the fight. “Anderson was definitely a little lubed up. Every time I grabbed him he was just slipping out of everything, and his takedown defense was really good that night. I was definitely curious to know why he was very slippery, which I definitely think he had some kind of substance on his body. He knows I’m a wrestler obviously, he’s an old, savvy veteran, so he was definitely trying to play all the rules and be very strategic, and make it harder for a wrestler to grab him.”

Brunson is set to face Lyoto Machida come October 28, when asked about whether he was worried about Machida greasing, considering Gegard Mousasi accused him of doing so in their fight, Brunson admitted he wasn’t too worried.

Well I’m not too worried, but like I said, I put it out there because I know they’re friends and I know, obviously, that’s kind of what the guys do when they know they’re fighting a wrestler. They want to lube their body up really good to make it hard to grab hold, Anderson did a great job defending my takedowns. It’s because he was all greased up so he was able to stop a lot of them. When I grab guys in the clinch, it’s very tough for them to get away and I’m pretty good with my Greco takedown. He was pretty much pulling through my clinch when I had a tight grip on him and if you have some kind of substance on your body it’s easy to pull them.”

Neither Silva nor his management have commented on the greasing allegations. Anderson Silva makes his return against Kelvin Gastelum later this year, in China. While Brunson makes his return to the Octagon on October 28th, in Brazil, where he looks to add Lyoto Machida’s name to his impressive list of victories.

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Ovince Saint Preux Steps in to Face Corey Anderson at UFC 217

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UFC 217 just got even more interesting. Earlier this week, Patrick Cummins pulled out of his light heavyweight matchup with Corey Anderson due to a Staph infection. Corey “Overtime” Anderson was not happy with his opponents decision, even calling out his opponent on Instagram asking how Cummins could, “call it quits so far from fight night”.

The UFC left Anderson on the card, and he found an opponent through the magic of Twitter. Ovince Saint Preux tweeted out directly to Anderson stating:

It didn’t take long for Anderson to respond agreeing to the fight, tagging Mick Maynard and Dana White in his response.

Only a few short hours later, the fight announcement came from the official UFC twitter account.

 

This top 10 Light Heavyweight matchup should add to an already amazing card coming in November at Madison Square Garden. Saint Preux is coming off of back to back wins both due to the very rare von flue choke, he finds himself ranked #7th in the latest edition of the 205-pound rankings. Corey “Overtime” Anderson is 4-2 in his last 6 fights, but is coming off a brutal first round knockout loss to Jimi Manuwa in March.

With such a exciting fight added to this card, what do you see happening November 4th?  Will Corey Anderson bounce back and look to jump into the top 5 of the rankings, or will Ovince Saint Preux go for a third straight von flue choke? Let us know.

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*Watch* Bellator 185 Weigh in: Live Stream, Results

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Watch the live weigh-ins for Bellator 185 here.

Gegard Mousasi takes on Alexander Slemenko live this Friday night October 20th at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville CT. This is the first appearance for Mousasi in the Bellator cage as he looks to secure a title shot with a win over the very tough former Bellator champion Slemenko. Joining these men of the main card will be a pair of welterweights as Neiman Gracie from the famous Gracie BJJ family takes on Zak Bucia in the co-main event.

Full Weigh-in Results: (Updated in real time)

Main Card:

Gegard Mousasi (185) vs. Alexander Shlemenko (186)
Neiman Gracie (170.5) vs. Zak Bucia (170)
Heather Hardy (126) vs. Kristina Williams (126)
Ryan Quinn (155.5) vs. Marcus Surin (155)
Ana Julaton (125.5) vs. Lisa Blaine (122)

Preliminary Card:

Jordan Young (200) vs. Alec Hooben (194)
Costello van Steenis (185) vs. Steve Skrzat (186)
Vinicius de Jesus (170) vs. Joaquin Buckley (171)
John Beneduce (154.5) vs. Dean Hancock (155)
Timothy Wheeler (144) vs. Pete Rogers (144)
Don Shainis (150) vs. Matthew Denning (149)
Frank Sforza (149) vs. Vovka Clay (150)
Kevin Carrier (156) vs. Jose Antonio Perez (153)
John Lopez (126) vs. Billy Giovanella (125)

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