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Joe Rogan Fight Night Melbourne Preview: Robert Whittaker vs Derek Brunson

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UFC commentator Joe Rogan previews the a pivotal middleweight clash between Robert Whittaker and Derek Brunson. Whittaker and Brunson clash in the main event at Fight Night Melbourne.

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UFC Melbourne: Whittaker vs. Brunson Live Results and Fight Stats

(Click on the fight below and then scroll down to see in-fight live analytics and the latest results, courtesy of Fight Analytics. The first fight is scheduled to begin on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. ET / 3:30 p.m. PT.)

UFC Melbourne: Whittaker vs. Brunson Live Results

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UFC Fight Night Melbourne Q&A with Miesha Tate Video Replay

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Following the UFC Fight Night Melbourne weigh-in on Friday, Miesha Tate, Rodrigo Nogueira and Ross Pearson fielded questions from the media and fans in Australia.

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Stephen Thompson Doubts Conor McGregor Leapfrogs Him to Get to Tyron Woodley

He doesn’t know where and he doesn’t know when, but Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson knows that he deserves an immediate rematch with Tyron Woodley

Thompson and Woodley met in the UFC 205 co-main event on Nov. 12 in New York. After five hard-fought rounds, the bout ended in a majority draw, leaving the UFC welterweight championship around Woodley’s waist. 

Tyron Woodley - Stephen Thompson - UFC 205 PostConor McGregor fought in the UFC 205 main event, defeating Eddie Alvarez for the lightweight championship, giving him two title belts. There has since been chatter about McGregor possibly wanting to move up to welterweight to challenge Woodley for a third UFC belt. 

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That would mean leap-frogging Thompson, however, and the Wonderboy doesn’t believe that it should be an option.

“I do believe I deserve that title shot. It was a draw. It was like we never fought at all,” Thompson said during an interview with Submission Radio. “We got to go out there and settle it. Who is the real champion? Who is it? I think the fans enjoyed the last fight enough to tune in for that.”

Thompson knows that Demian Maia is another fighter that has been patiently waiting for a shot at the belt and that McGregor is big money, but isn’t about to give up on a rematch that he feels is deserved. Not to mention, it sounds as if McGregor may be taking some time off.

Besides, he’s willing to give either of them a shot at the belt if he’s able to get the better of Woodley in the rematch.

(Courtesy of Submission Radio)

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Valentina Shevchenko: I Want to Fight for the Title, but I Don’t Want to Wait (video)

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No. 2 ranked UFC bantamweight Valentina Shevchenko is eager to fight again after beating Holly Holm earlier this year. So when will Shevchenko get that chance AND against who?

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Cris Cyborg Doesn’t Believe Miesha Tate Will Actually Retire

After losing to Raquel Pennington at UFC 205 on Nov. 12, former bantamweight champion Miesha Tate announced that she was retiring from fighting to a stunned crowd at Madison square Garden.

miesha-tate-ufc205-scrum-750“I’m announcing my retirement, you guys. I love you all so much. I’ve been doing this for over a decade. Thank you so much for being here. I love this sport forever. It’s not my time anymore. It’s the future’s time,” said Tate following the loss.

Despite Tate’s announcement, Cris “Cyborg” Justino doesn’t think “Cupcake” will actually walk away from the sport. She believes Tate was speaking out of emotion.

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“I don’t think she is going to retire,” Cyborg told Submission Radio. “I think she just after she lost the fight she was emotional. It was the second fight in a row that she lost.”

It wouldn’t be the first time a fighter announced their retirement following a loss only to return to the Octagon later.  Randy Couture and B.J. Penn are recent examples.  Cyborg believes Tate just needs time off. 

“I think she needs a break, like a break. I think she was mentally in this fight and I think she emotionally said she was going to retire. I don’t think she’s going to retire,” she said.  

“She’s a young girl. She’s done a lot of things for the sport. I really think she just got emotional after the fight.”

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Dana White: Thankful for the Fertitta Brothers

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No matter what UFC president Dana White and the promotion’s new ownership do, no matter what they achieve, no matter what others in the mixed martial arts world accomplish, none of them will be held in higher esteem than Lorenzo and Frank Fertitta. At least, not in the eyes of White, who did nothing but heap praise upon his former partners following the blockbuster UFC 205: Alvarez vs. McGregor event in New York in November of 2016.

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Derek Brunson Knocks Out Roan Carneiro (UFC Melbourne Full Fight Video)

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Derek Brunson has finished four straight fights in the first round including this knockout of Roan Carneiro in February. Brunson faces Robert Whittaker in the main event of UFC Fight Night Melbourne on Saturday.

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Luke Rockhold Breaks Down McGregor vs. Nurmagomedov, Bisping vs. Romero, and More (video)

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Luke Rockhold spoke to Submission Radio to discuss the recent injury that forced him to withdraw from his fight against Rondaldo “Jacare” Souza at UFC Fight Night: Whittaker vs. Brunson, why he might be out longer than expected, who he wants upon his return.

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He also touched on Gegard Mousasi, Chris Weidman losing devastatingly to Yoel Romero in New York, Michael Bisping vs. Yoel Romero, AKA teammate Khabib Nurmagoedov’s dominant victory over Michael Johnson at UFC 205: Alvarez vs. McGregor, how a fight against Conor McGregor would go and McGregor eyeing a fight against Tyron Woodley for the welterweight belt, and more!

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UFC Fight Night 101: Whittaker vs. Brunson Event Page and Fight Card

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Whittaker vs. Brunson

Date: November 27, 2016 (Nov. 26 in North America)
Venue: Rod Laver Arena
Location: Melbourne, Australia


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UFC Fight Night 101 Fight Card

Main Card (on FS1)
Luke Rockhold (15-3) vs. Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza (24-4, 1 NC) Rockhold Injured
Robert Whittaker (16-4) vs. Derek Brunson (16-3)
Jake Matthews (10-2) vs. Andrew Holbrook (11-1)
Kyle Noke (22-9-1) vs. Omari Akhmedov (15-4)
Yusuke Kasuya (9-2) vs. Alex Volkanovski (13-1)
Khalil Rountree (5-1) vs. Tyson Pedro (4-1)
Seo Hee Ham (16-7) vs. Danielle Taylor (7-2)

Prelims (on FS1)
Daniel Kelly (11-1) vs. Chris Camozzi (24-11)
Damien Brown (16-9) vs. Jon Tuck (9-3)
Rich Walsh (9-5) vs. Jonathan Meunier (7-1)
Geane Herrera (9-2) vs. Ben Nguyen (16-6)

Prelims (on UFC Fight Pass)
Dan Hooker (13-6) vs. Jason Knight (14-2)
Marlon Vera (7-3-1) vs. Ning Guangyou (6-3-1)
Yao Zhikui (2-3) vs. Jenel Lausa (6-2)


UFC Fight Night 101 Start Times:
Main Card on FS1:
 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT
Prelims on FS1: 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT
Prelims on UFC Fight Pass: 6:30 p.m. ET / 3:30 p.m. PT

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