Can Robert Whittaker become the first Australian UFC champ?

Robert Whittaker put the UFC Middleweight division on high alert following a 1st round TKO victory over the #8 ranked Derek Brunson at UFC Fight Night 101 in Melbourne, Australia.

With the Melbourne crowd fully behind him, Whittaker was on the back foot in the early exchanges and was struggling to deal with Brunson’s wild rush and swing technique. However, towards the end of the 1st Whittaker found an opening and rocked Brunson with a head kick. With Brunson in trouble, Whittaker swarmed with a series of head strikes before referee, Herb Dean stepped in to stop the fight.

Victory over Brunson opens up the door for Whittaker for a possible top 5 opponent, with Gegard Mousasi being the obvious choice. Failing that, a matchup with Anderson Silva would certainly be intriguing and would showcase whether Whittaker is ready to take on the middleweight champion, whoever that may be.

Now unbeaten in 6 since his defeat to Wonderboy Thompson back at UFC170, Robert Whittaker is closing in on becoming Australia’s first UFC world champion, a feat that would have Whittaker cemented in folklore down under.

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