WATCH: Robert Whittaker Delivers Brutal TKO In First Round Against Derek Brunson
Australian Middleweight Robert Whittaker has added a sixth scalp to his current win streak, with a TKO victory over Derek Brunson coming in the first round of their main event fight at UFC Fight Night 101 in Melbourne.
The first few minutes of the fight were as fast paced and as brutal as could be expected from the two middleweights who are notorious for the knockout power they possess. Whittaker and Brunson have both racked up four TKO/KO victories in their time with the UFC, and both came into the cage in Melbourne ready to go towar.
Brunson seemed to control the opening minutes of the bout, managing to take Whittaker to the ground. However, Whittaker was able to get back to his feet after closing Brunson’s eye with a wicked shot to the enthusiastic cheers of the home country crowd who packed the stands at Rod Laver Arena.
Following up a counter left on a somewhat fatigued Brunson, Whittaker caught him with a firecracker of a right head kick, sending the American sprawling against the cage. Chasing his opponent with brutal uppercuts, Whittaker sent Brunson to the canvas, moved straight into top half guard and began throwing heavy left hands while tying up Brunson’s arms. Herb Dean, the referee for the bout had seen enough, calling a stop to the contest at 4:07 of round one after Brunson had eaten around twenty unanswered shots including the head kick.
With such a strong finish over an opponent like Derek Brunson, Whittaker has solidified himself as a contender in the middleweight division, and could be staring down the barrel of a title shot if he racks up one more win.
“He hits hard … but I hit hard too. I’m just as fast and just as strong,” said Whittaker after the fight.
“I’m ready for those top five contenders. I’m ready for my run now.”
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