Robert Whittaker electrified thousands of his hometown fans in the UFC Fight Night 101 main event on Saturday in Melbourne, Australia, as he survived a barrage of punches to knock out Derek Brunson. Whittaker finished it 4:07 into Round 1, capping a solid night of fights, most of which went the distance.
Whittaker strolled to the Octagon to “Can’t Be Touched,” from boxing legend Roy Jones Jr., though the song choice did not exactly replicate how he performed. “The Reaper” was rocked early, but when Brunson decided to enter into a wild exchange while leading with his face, Whittaker closed the show. Puff Daddy and The Family’s “Finna Get Loose” brought Brunson to the cage.
Meanwhile, Andrew Holbrook used superior grappling to edge Jake Matthews by split decision in the co-feature. Holbrook at least for one night put to bed the so-called “Eminem Curse,” as the Detroit rapper’s “Til I Collapse” trumpeted his arrival. Matthews chose Atreyu’s “Right Side of the Bed” but could not steer clear of his second straight defeat.
Other standout tracks at UFC Fight Night “Whittaker vs. Brunson” included House of Pain’s “Jump Around” (Jon Tuck), Inner Light’s “Shocking Lemon” (Ben Nguyen), Disturbed’s cover of the U2 classic “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” (Richard Walsh), Five Finger Death Punch’s “Bad Company” (Damien Brown), Choir Boys’ “Run to Paradise” (Daniel Kelly) and Toby Keith’s “Made in America” (Jason Knight).
A rundown of the remaining tracks follows:
UFC Fight Night 101 Walkout SongsKyle Noke: Silver Chair | “Israel’s Son”
Omari Akhmedov: Ash | “Mosaique”
Yusuke Kasuya: Marco Polo feat. Torae and Skyzzo | “Double Barrel”
Alex Volkanovski: Jason Yang and Roger | “Game of Thrones -- Violin Rock Cover”
Khalil Rountree: Kanye West | “Ultralight Beam”
Tyson Pedro: Neiked feat. Dyo | “Sexual”
Seo Hee Ham: J-Kwon | “Tipsy”
Danielle Taylor: Rob Bailey and The Hustle Standard | “Beast”
Chris Camozzi: Jamie N Commons | “Jungle”
Jonathan Meunier: Fat Joe and Remy Ma feat. French Montana and Infared | “All the Way Up”
Geane Herrera: Ekhymosis | “La Tierra”
Dan Hooker: Scribe | “Not Many -- The Remix”
Marlon Vera: The Doors | “Break on Through”
Guangyou Ning: Fabolous | “My Time”
Jenel Lausa: Black Eyed Peas | “Bebot”
Zhikui Yao: Survivor | “Eye of the Tiger”