The main event for UFC Fight Night: Melbourne saw a fast start from Derek Brunson, but it was Robert Whittaker who weathered the early onslaught and let his hands go to earn a first round TKO in front of the Australian crowd. Following the early finish of Derek Brunson, Whittaker’s winning streak now moves to 6.
Check out Tim Burke's play-by-play from round 1 of Robert Whittaker vs. Derek Brunson:
Round 1 - Brunson steps in and goes for a takedown. Whittaker shakes it off and cracks Brunson with an uppercut. Nice straight right, and a lead uppercut. Brunson fires back with a lead left and dives in on a single. Brunson lands a big shot and has Whittaker running all over the cage to avoid him. Brunson with a few more big shots. Whittaker finally plants his feet and cracks him back. Brunson still chasing though, Whittaker may have been hurt there. Brunson has a body lock against the cage now. Whittaker fights off a takedown attempt and cracks Brunson as he straightens up. Whittaker on the run again but he scores with a huge counter! Brunson hurt! Whittaker with a hard straight left. Wild, wild round. Huge head kick from Whittaker! Brunson is down! Whittaker all over him and it's over! That was amazing!
Robert Whittaker defeated Derek Brunson by TKO (strikes), 4:07 of round 1