Robert Whittaker vs Derek Brunson headlines UFC Fight Night Melbourne on Sunday, November 27, 2016 at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, Australia.
Luke Rockhold had to withdraw from the rematch against Ronaldo ‘Jacare’ Souza due to the knee injury received at training. He revealed this information on his Facebook fan page on November 2. Consequently the UFC Fight Night in Melbourne was left with no main event.
Yet rather than find a replacement to fight Souza, Robert Whittaker vs Derek Brunson is now on the top of the bill.
Robert Whittaker (17-4-0) holds the 7th position in the middleweight ranking. New Zealand-born residing in Sydney, NSW is unbeaten in his past five fights.
Derek Brunson (16-3-0) of North Carolina, USA is also on the five-fight winning streak. Four of those wins he has earned via KO or TKO. He is the No.8 ranked in the division.
All up UFC Fight Night 101 is an 11-fight program. The event aires live on SF1. To date the fight card looks as the following:
Middleweight Robert Whittaker vs Derek Brunson
Lightweight Jake Matthews vs Andrew Holbrook
Welterweight Kyle Noke vs Omari Akhmedov
Featherweight Yusuke Kasuya vs Alex Volkanovski
Middleweight Dan Kelly vs Chris Camozzi
Lightweight Damien Brown vs Jon Tuck
Welterweight Richard Walsh vs Jonathan Meunier
Flyweight Ben Nguyen vs Geane Herrera
Featherweight Dan Hooker vs Jason Knight
Flyweight Yao Zhikui vs Jenel Lausa
Strawweight Seohee Ham vs Danielle Taylor