The Ultimate Fighting Championship returns to the Land Down Under this weekend as UFC Fight Night 101 “Whittaker vs. Brunson” (current odds) will be held at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne. The event will be anchored by a pivotal middleweight matchup between contenders Robert Whittaker and Derek Brunson and at Friday’s weigh-ins, everything went off without a hitch.
Sydney’s Whittaker has been on a tear in the Octagon since dropping two straight bouts nearly three years ago. Since losing to Stephen Thompson at UFC 170, “The Reaper” has won five in a row. Whittaker closed out 2015 with dominant decision win over Uriah Hall and then toppled Rafael Natal in April at UFC 197. Now his sights are set on Brunson and a win over him will inch him ever closer to a potential title shot at 185 pounds. At the scale, Whittaker clocked in officially at 185 pounds.
Brunson, meanwhile, has been equally as hot as his upcoming foe. The North Carolinian has also won his last five, with his last four all coming via first-round knockout. Ed Herman, Sam Alvey, Roan Carneiro and -- most recently at UFC Fight Night 94 -- Uriah Hall have all succumbed to Brunson’s power. The last man to topple Brunson was Yoel Romero almost three years ago and the American isn’t planning on letting the Aussie be the next. At the scale, he came in at 186 pounds.
UFC Fight Night 101 will begin on UFC Fight Pass at 6:30 p.m. ET/3:30 p.m. PT. From there, the remainder of the event will be televised live on Fox Sports 1 starting at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.
UFC Fight Night 101 Weigh-in Results:Robert Whittaker (185) vs. Derek Brunson (186)
Jake Matthews (155) vs. Andrew Holbrook (154)
Kyle Noke (170) vs. Omari Akhmedov (171)
Yusuke Kasuya (156) vs. Alex Volkanovski (154)
Khalil Rountree (206) vs. Tyson Pedro (205)
Seo Hee Ham (115) vs. Danielle Taylor (115)
Daniel Kelly (186) vs. Chris Camozzi (186)
Damien Brown (154) vs. Jon Tuck (156)
Richard Walsh (171) vs. Jonathan Meunier (171)
Geane Herrera (125) vs. Ben Nguyen (126)
Dan Hooker (146) vs. Jason Knight (145)
Marlon Vera (144) vs. Guangyou Ning (146)
Jenel Lausa (125) vs. Zhikui Yao (*127)
* Yao missed weight on his first attempt and has two hours to drop one pound.