Robert Whittaker stepped inside the octagon Saturday morning and wanted this fight more, he controlled much of the action against Mike Rhodes and got the win via unanimous decision.
Robert Whittaker (11-4) Has 5 knockouts, 5 submissions and 1 win by decision. He has been knocked out once, submitted once and lost by decision twice.
Prior to making his UFC debut, he was 2-2 in his last four fights.
He made his UFC debut against Brad Scott which he won via unanimous decision at UFC on FX 6 – Sotiropoulos vs. Pearson on Dec / 15 / 2012 and then followed it up with a win over Colton Smith via TKO at UFC 160 – Velasquez vs. Bigfoot 2 on May / 25 / 2013.
He then lost to Court McGee via split decision at UFC Fight Night – Condit vs. Kampmann 2 on Aug / 28 / 2013 and then Stephen Thompson via TKO at UFC 170 – Rousey vs. McMann on Feb / 22 / 2014.
Mike Rhodes (6-2) Has 3 knockouts 1 submissions and 2 wins by decision. He has never been knocked out, but submitted once and lost by decision once. Prior to joining the UFC, he was 6-1. He made his UFC debut against George Sullivan, but lost the fight via unanimous decision at UFC on Fox 10 – Henderson vs. Thomson on Jan / 25 / 2014.
Here is the play-by-play from this fight:
Round 1: Whittaker presses early, both mixing it up well with leg kicks and strikes. Whittaker is looking for the overhand left hook. Mike lands a big right hand. Whittaker recovers well and clips Mike with a left hook. They exchange with Mike getting the better of the two. Whittaker with a nice 1,2,3 punch, but Mike answers with a right. Whittaker lands a big right hand, Mike drops, but he slips and recovers. Mike with a leading right that lands. Whittaker keeps coming forward, they exchange leg kicks and Mike lands a spinning back kick. Whittaker with a big right and then a body kick. Mike clinches and puts him to the fence, however, Whittaker reveres and get’s out where he we go back to striking. They exchange to end the round.
Round 2: Whittaker keeps throwing an overhand right (that misses) Mike misses a wild kick, but Whittaker lands a nice overhand right. Mike with double hooks and takes him down for a second. Whittaker get’s to his feet, but Mike keeps the underhooks and sends him back first to the fence. They break, go back to standing. Whittaker with a big swing and miss, Mike lands a few jabs. Whittaker keeps looking for that overhand right, but misses almost every time. In fact, when he does, Mike lands a good counter shot. Whittaker hurts Mike in the middle of this round, but Mike calms down and nicely recovers while Whittaker is swinging for the fences. Mike’s right eye is starting to swell up. Whittaker with a double jab and a head kick, but Mike with a head kick. They exchange with Whittaker landing a uppercut. A fun fight no doubt and they exchange to end the round.
Round 3: More of the same, Mike is bleeding from the nose and is just swinging to attempt to end this fight. Whittaker is throwing elbows and is busting Mike up pretty good. Whittaker gets a double leg takedown and puts Mike on his back! Whittaker is in half guard, They exchange elbows and really are having a fist fight on the ground. Mike sits up and is trying to get to his feet, Whittaker keeps landing nice shots from top position, the referee stands them up and Mike lands a spinning back kick to end this fight.
Result: Whittaker def. Rhodes by unanimous decision (30-27 x3)