UFC Fight Night 101 Highlights: Andrew Holbrook-Jake Matthews


Andrew Holbrook entered hostile territory and claimed a victory over Melbourne’s own Jake Matthews Saturday night in the co-main event of UFC Fight Night 101. Holbrook picked up two of the three scorecards, earning the split decision. With the win, he improved to 12-1 overall and dropped Matthews to 11-3.

UFC Fight Night 101 Biggest Star: Robert Whittaker (Editorial)


Robert Whittaker was presented with a main event fight live on FOX Sports 1 Saturday night at UFC Fight Night 101. And “The Reaper” delivered. The 25-year-old from New Zealand overcame an incredible start by Derek Brunson to delight the Melbourne, Australia crowd with a first round finish. For the former Ultimate Fighter: The Smashes winner, it marked a fifth consecutive win since moving up to middleweight from welterweight. Whittaker, who holds black belts in Hapkido and Karate, along with a purple belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, dug deep to take out Brunson. He didn’t necessarily use any of those incredible skills, he just showed heart. After back-to-back losses to Court McGee and top welterweight contender Stephen Thompson, Whittaker likely saved his own career with a win over Mike Rhodes in home hometown of Auckland. After that, he moved up to middleweight and has done nothing but dominate. He finished both Clint Hester and Brad Tavares, adding decision wins over Uriah Hall and Rafael Natal to his resume. Whittaker is a rock-solid 8-2 in the UFC and has finished four of those foes. So why is no one talking about him? Whittaker doesn’t have to worry about that anymore. People are talking and the middleweight division is definitely on notice for this one.

Yoel Romero On Finish Of Chris Weidman: “That Was Trained. 100 Percent”


Yoel Romero always believed he would finish former UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman. While many saw it as a surprise that the ex-Olympic wrestler was able to finish Weidman, the “Soldier of God” did everything before the fight to accomplish such a feat. “That’s exactly how we planned out the fight, how we thought the fight would go,” Romero said (thanks to MMAFighting for the quotes). “From half the second round on, we knew we would finish. That was trained. 100 percent. “My coach and I were discussing battle tactics and we talked about connecting the right knee when he attempted the takedown. We were training it and and we decided that was the way to end the fight, if it happened in that manner, that I would end the fight. That’s exactly how the coach and I had planned. Get him some food so he’d get happy with that food, and as soon as he comes for seconds, we’re going to hit him with the knee.” Weidman, who had success in the first round, shot in for another takedown and was left bleeding and out on the ground courtesy of the flying knee. It marked the second such finish in Romero’s Octagon career. Thanks to the win, Romero is expected to challenge UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping for the belt in 2017.

WWE Posts Vince McMahon’s “Billionaire Strut” Footage With Message To Conor McGregor


https://youtu.be/yx6niFuEcQ0 On Sunday, WWE tweeted the following video of the originator of the “Billionaire Strut,” WWE Chairman Vince McMahon, doing his rendition of the growing pop culture trend along with a personal message to the UFC mega-star. The strut recently resurfaced after the Irish champion executed it with style at the historic UFC 205 event at Madison Square Garden earlier this month. Featured above is the video of “The Notorious” performing the strut years ago when first starting his ascension through the UFC ranks, along with the aforementioned footage that went viral online from the UFC’s debut show at MSG. In addition to the video of McMahon doing the strut he created for his over-the-top “Mr. McMahon” persona in WWE (see below), which McGregor borrowed and added to his repitoire, a light-hearted message was included that reads as follows:
“[UFC] star [Conor McGregor] adopted billionaire strut is great, but it pales in comparison to that of the genuine article,”

UFC Melbourne Highlight Video: Watch Alex Volkanovski Maul Yusuke Kasuya

Alex Volkanovski looked terrific in his UFC debut as he out-grappled Yusuke Kasuya in a high-speed chess match.

UFC Melbourne Highlight Video: Watch Robert Whittaker Smash Derek Brunson

Australian middleweight Robert Whittaker staked his claim as a top contender in the division with an absolutely thrilling first-round knockout of Derek Brunson in the main event of UFC Fight Night 101 “Whittaker vs. Brunson.”

Robert Whittaker Finishes Overzealous Derek Brunson in UFC Fight Night 101 Main Event

Robert Whittaker scores sixth straight victory, stops Derek Brunson in UFC Fight Night 101 “Whittaker vs. Brunson” main event on Saturday in Melbourne, Australia.

UFC Fight Night 101 Bonuses: Robert Whittaker Pockets $100K for First-Round TKO

Robert Whittaker continues to move up the ladder in the UFC’s middleweight division, and his work is paying off handsomely.

Sunday Morning UFC Coffee: Who Won the Fight Last Night?

Are you wondering who won the fight last night? Sherdog.com has you covered.

UFC Welterweight Kyle Noke Announces Retirement Following 33-Bout Career

After a 33-fight professional career, Kyle Noke is hanging up his four-ounce gloves.