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Whittaker takes out Brunson in first round

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Robert Whittaker has absolutely thrown himself into the title picture in the with a first round knockout of the rising Derek Brunson, who was coming off five-straight wins and four-straight knockouts.

Whittaker himself has now has improved to six-straight victories, including unanimous decision victories over Rafael Natal and Uriah Hall. His one-sided win over Hall this time last year at UFC 193 was when it was clear Whittaker has a bright future ahead of him. Now there is no doubt.

His fight against Brunson was everything a combat sports fan could beg for. It was three minutes of non-stop punching. Both guys were stunned and nearly knocked out in the first minute. Both guys were throwing wild punches, spinning and hitting elbows, coming forward and running their opponent back against the cage. Then Whittaker tagged Brunson on the chin and clearly hurt him. Brunson’s eye was closing at the same time too. The end seemed to be near, but Brunson was able to keep relative distance and survived.

Until Whittaker landed a devastating head kick and followed up with some punches to drop him into the corner of the octagon. Brunson was covering up just taking hard, downward punches from Whittaker. Referee Herb Dean waited a long time to see if Brunson could recover again, but it was clear the fight was over when Brunson just curled up with no signs of putting up any sort of offense or attempts to get out of the spot he was in. Dean stepped between the two fighters and called for the bell.

While Whittaker certainly won’t get a title shot off the win against Brunson, he has to be close now. A fight against a true contender like Jacare Souza or Luke Rockhold or Chris Weidman should be next for the Australian star.

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