That’s one way to send a signal to champ Michael Bisping.
Australian MMA standout Robert Whittaker came in to his fight at UFC Kansas an underdog, and for many reasons. Ronaldo ‘Jacare’ Souza looked almost unstoppable inside the UFC, with just a split decision loss on his record inside the Octagon. Jacare was on a hunt for a title shot and was expected to face champ Bisping with a win here.
Whittaker was flying under the radar a little. A huge KO win over Derek Brunson brought more recognition to his name late last year and his undefeated middleweight record carried huge momentum.
The big turning point in the fight came in Round 1, where Whittaker dropped Jacare with a heavy punch. Whittaker didn’t engage with Jacare on the ground in a smart move.
In Round 2, Whittaker was visibly getting the better with Jacare on the feet. His power was devastating as Jacare looked stunned punch after punch. The big opener arrived with a flurry of punches followed by a head kick, which eventually led to Whittaker stopping Jacare on the ground with more punches.
A huge win for the Australian who joins Yoel Romero as next in line for a crack at the middleweight strap.
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