UFC Fight Night: Whittaker vs. Brunson
|UFC Fight Night: Whittaker vs. Brunson|
The poster for UFC Fight Night: Whittaker vs. Brunson.
|Promotion||Ultimate Fighting Championship|
|Date||November 27, 2016|
|Venue||Rod Laver Arena|
|Total gate||2,200,000 AUD|
UFC Fight Night: Whittaker vs. Brunson (also known as UFC Fight Night 101) was a mixed martial arts event produced by the Ultimate Fighting Championship held on November 27, 2016, at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, Australia.
This event was the second that the organization hosted in Melbourne, with the first being UFC 193 in November 2015. That event was held at Etihad Stadium and broke the UFC's attendance record with 56,214 spectators.
The event was expected to be headlined by a middleweight rematch between former Strikeforce and UFC Middleweight Champion Luke Rockhold and former Strikeforce Middleweight Champion Ronaldo Souza. The duo first met in September 2011 at Strikeforce: Barnett vs. Kharitonov, when Rockhold won a unanimous decision to capture Souza's title. However on November 1, Rockhold was ruled out of the contest due to a sprained ACL. Subsequently, Souza was removed from the card entirely and is expected to be rescheduled for another event. In turn, a middleweight bout between The Ultimate Fighter: The Smashes welterweight winner Robert Whittaker and Derek Brunson was elevated to serve as the event headliner.
The Ultimate Fighter: China featherweight winner Ning Guangyou was expected to face Marlon Vera at UFC 202. However, due to an out-of-competition failed test and following investigation concluding Ning ingested the substance without fault or negligence, the bout was moved to UFC on Fox: Maia vs. Condit. In turn, the bout was postponed again due to alleged visa issues for Ning, which restricted the timing of his travel. The fight was later rescheduled for this event.
|Main Card (Fox Sports 1)|
|Middleweight||Robert Whittaker||def.||Derek Brunson||TKO (head kick and punches)||1||4:07|
|Lightweight||Andrew Holbrook||def.||Jake Matthews||Decision (split) (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)||3||5:00|
|Welterweight||Omari Akhmedov||def.||Kyle Noke||Decision (unanimous) (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)||3||5:00|
|Lightweight||Alexander Volkanovski||def||Yusuke Kasuya||TKO (punches)||2||2:06|
|Light Heavyweight||Tyson Pedro||def.||Khalil Rountree||Submission (rear-naked choke)||1||4:07|
|Women's Strawweight||Danielle Taylor||def.||Seo Hee Ham||Decision (split) (28-29, 30-27, 30-27)||3||5:00|
|Preliminary Card (Fox Sports 1)|
|Middleweight||Dan Kelly||def.||Chris Camozzi||Decision (unanimous) (29-28, 29-27, 30-27)||3||5:00|
|Lightweight||Damien Brown||def.||Jon Tuck||Decision (split) (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)||3||5:00|
|Welterweight||Jonathan Meunier||def.||Richard Walsh||Decision (unanimous) (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)||3||5:00|
|Flyweight||Ben Nguyen||def.||Geane Herrera||Decision (unanimous) (30-27, 30-26, 30-27)||3||5:00|
|Preliminary Card (UFC Fight Pass)|
|Featherweight||Jason Knight||def.||Dan Hooker||Decision (unanimous) (29-28, 30-27, 30-26)||3||5:00|
|Featherweight||Marlon Vera||def.||Ning Guangyou||Decision (unanimous) (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)||3||5:00|
|Flyweight||Jenel Lausa||def.||Yao Zhikui||Decision (unanimous) (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)||3||5:00|
The following fighters were awarded $50,000 bonuses:
- Fight of the Night: Robert Whittaker vs. Derek Brunson
- Performance of the Night: Robert Whittaker and Tyson Pedro
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