UFC Fight Night 101: Whittaker vs. Brunson Results From Melbourne, Australia

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The Thanksgiving holiday led right into a big weekend for the UFC, what with their many announcements and all. Conor McGregor is no longer the UFC Featherweight Champion, even though McGregor himself is reportedly saying he didn’t relinquish it voluntarily. UFC issued a statement weighing in on the matter. Jose Aldo is the new UFC Featherweight Chaampion again, even though Anthony Pettis and Max Holloway are already fighting for an “Interim” title in what is now the new UFC 206 main event for the 12/10 PPV in Toronto. The original main event fell through on Friday when Daniel Cormier had to pull out of his originally scheduled rematch against Anthony “Rumble” Johnson, who reportedly turned down an offer to fight replacement opponent Gegard Mousasi in the new main event that UFC initially tried setting up. Oh yeah, and the UFC made their return to Australia on Saturday evening with a show that featured another surprise retirement announcement, as well as a first-round KO in the main event. UFC Fight Night 101 took place live from the Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, Australia last night, airing on FS1 with a main card that included Robert Whittaker finishing Derek Brunson via first-round knock out and longtime UFC fighter and former TUF Nations coach Kyle Noke retiring after a loss. The following are quick-match results of the UFC Fight Night 101: Whittaker vs. Brunson event.
UFC Fight Night 101 Main Card (FOX Sports 1 at 10 p.m. ET) Robert Whittaker def. Derek Brunson via TKO (Round 1, 4:07) Andrew Holbrook def Jake Matthews via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28) Omari Akhmedov vs. Kyle Noke via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27) Alex Volkanovski def. Yusuke Kasuya via TKO (Round 2, 2:06) Tyson Pedro def. Khalil Rountree via submission (rear-naked choke) (Round 1, 4:07) Danielle Taylor def. Seo Hee Ham via split decision (28-29, 30-27, 30-27) UFC Fight Night 101 Preliminary Card (FOX Sports 1 at 8 p.m. ET) Dan Kelly def. Chris Camozzi via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-27, 30-27) Demian Brown def. Jon Tuck via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28) Jonathan Meunier def. Richard Walsh via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27) Ben Nguyen def. Geane Herrera via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26) UFC Fight Night 101 Preliminary Card (UFC Fight Pass at 6:30 p.m. ET) Jason Knight def. Dan Hooker via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-26) Marlon Vera def. Ning Guangyou via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) Jenel Lausa def. Yao Zhikui via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Video: Highlights Of Robert Whittaker vs. Derek Brunson From UFC Fight Night 101

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https://youtu.be/827IC-z6eXs In the main event of UFC’s return show in Melbourne, Australia on Saturday, UFC contender Robert Whittaker scored a fast stoppage of Derek Brunson, finishing the durable challenger a few ticks after the four minute mark of the opening frame. Featured above are “Full Fight Highlights” released via the UFC On FOX YouTube channel after the UFN 101 Post Show on FS1 after the fights. For complete UFC Fight Night 101: Whittaker vs. Brunson results, click here.

Video: Highlights Of Omari Akhmedov vs. Kyle Noke From UFC Fight Night 101

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https://youtu.be/e_WPnyn0JBg At the UFC’s return trip Down Under this weekend, a local favorite dropped a hard fought decision to a former training partner and then announced his retirement from the sport. UFC Fight Night 101: Whittaker vs. Brunson took place live from Melbourne, Australia on Saturday with a fight card that aired on FOX Sports 1 (FS1) and saw Kyle Noke lose to Omari Akmedov in a grueling three-round battle via judges scores of 29-28, 29-28 and 30-27. After the fight, Noke would officially retire from the fight game. Featured above are “Full Fight” highlights of the Noke-Akhmedov bout, which took place live on the FS1 main card. For complete UFC Fight Night 101: Whittaker vs. Brunson results, click here.

UFC Fight Night 101 Highlights: Danielle Taylor-Seo Hee Ham

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To kickoff UFC Fight Night 101 Saturday night on FOX Sports 1, Danielle Taylor picked up a decision over Seo Hee Ham. The win was the first for “Dynamite” inside the Octagon after dropping her debut to Maryna Moroz this past August. She is now 8-2 overall and 3-1 over her last four fights.

Tim Kennedy-Kelvin Gastelum Slated For UFC 206 – If Commission Agrees

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If the Ontario Athletic Commission approves, Tim Kennedy will meet Kelvin Gastelum at UFC 206 next month. Officials announced the bout Saturday night during UFC Fight Night 101. The middleweight contest would be part of the main card on December 10 from the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, if Gastelum is approved. Gastelum was given a suspension by the New York Athletic Commission earlier this month after failing to weigh-in for a planned fight with Donald Cerrone. The bout was scratched and the former Ultimate Fighter winner was told he would need to move up to 185 pounds from welterweight. Kennedy was scheduled to meet Rashad Evans at both UFC 205 and UFC 206, but the former light heavyweight champion has been deemed medically unfit to compete by both commissions.

UFC Fight Night 101 Highlights: Andrew Holbrook-Jake Matthews

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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)

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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”

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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

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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.