Back in 2016, Robert Whittaker was still working his way up the UFC ladder towards the top of the middleweight division.
Fighting in his home country of Australia against Derek Brunson in his first UFC main event, Whittaker showed the world why he would become the champion just over a year later.
Whittaker landed with a head-kick and followed it up with punches to finish Brunson inside of the fight round, earning himself a “Performance of the Night” bonus.
This coming Saturday night, Whittaker defends his belt against Yoel Romero in the main event of UFC 225 live on pay-per-view from the United Center in Chicago.
Below is the current UFC 225 fight card:
MAIN CARD (PPV/10 p.m. ET)
UFC Middleweight Championship
Robert Whittaker (c) vs. Yoel Romero
Interim UFC Welterweight Championship
Rafael dos Anjos vs. Colby Covington
Female Featherweight: Holly Holm vs. Megan Anderson
Heavyweight: Andrei Arlovski vs. Tai Tuivasa
Welterweight: CM Punk vs. Mike Jackson
PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX Sports 1/8 p.m. ET)
Heavyweight: Alistair Overeem vs. Curtis Blaydes
Strawweight: Claudia Gadelha vs. Carla Esparza
Featherweight: Ricardo Lamas vs. Mirsad Bektic
Heavyweight: Rashad Coulter vs. Chris de la Rocha
PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass/6 p.m. ET)
Light Heavyweight: Rashad Evans vs. Anthony Smith
Flyweight: Joseph Benavidez vs. Sergio Pettis
Lightweight: Clay Guida vs. Charles Oliveira
Featherweight: Mike Santiago vs. Dan Ige