Robert Whittaker Makes 100K in 4 Minutes
It took Robert Whittaker just over four minutes to knockout Derek Brunson, extend his winning streak to six and earn 100K in fight bonuses. Whittaker must have had somewhere to be after his fight because he wasted no time in beating the number 7th ranked middleweight Derek Brunson in Australia Nov, 26. UFC officials announced the winners following Saturday’s event, Derek Brunson and Robert Whittaker took home fight of the night honors which is $50,000. Whittaker also took home a performance of the night bonus, another $50,000. Not too shabby for essentially four minutes of work put in the octagon, well deserved because Whittaker ate some serious punches from Brunson and appeared hurt before he turned the tide of the fight and head kicked Brunson which sent him to the floor, the referee stepped in moments later.
Fellow Aussie Tyson Pedro also took home performance of the night honors and $50,000 for his spectacular submission finish of Khalil Rountree. This fight had it’s own fireworks which saw Tyson shake off an early knockdown and comeback to sink in a choke which finished Rountree before the first round ended.
Fighters from Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 101 event took home UFC Athlete Outfitting pay, a program that launched after the UFC’s deal with Reebok, totaling $110,000. Subsequently all of the fighters who received the highest Reebok Outfitter payouts lost their fights including Chris Camozzi, Kyle Noke and Derek Brunson.