Before The Battle: UFC Fight Night 101

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On this fifty-second edition of Before The Battle: BloodyElbow.com’s Nick Baldwin, Sportsnet.ca’s Go Paolo, and MMASucka.com’s Wesley Riddle discuss and give predictions for UFC Fight Night 101 taking place on Saturday, November 26th from Melbourne, Australia. The card headliner will feature a clash between top-ten middleweight contenders Robert Whittaker and Derek Brunson. A win from either man will propel them one step closer to receiving a chance at the title. Promising lightweight prospects Jake Matthews and Andrew Holbrook are set to battle in the co-main event of the evening. UFC Fight Pass’s featured bout will consist of a worth-the-watch affair between New Zealander Dan Hooker and American Jason Knight.

All twenty-six fighters successfully made weight for UFC Fight Night 101. Yao Zhikui failed to make weight on his first attempt; however, he would re-weigh in and make the 125-pound weight limit on his second attempt (Zhikui would weigh-in at 126 lbs.).

Time marks for each fight preview from Before The Battle can be found underneath the video.

Time Marks

Early Preliminary Card – UFC Fight Pass (6:30PM ET, 3:30PM PT)

  • Yao Zhikui vs. Jenel Lausa — skipped
  • Marlon Vera vs. Ning Guangyou — 2:03
  • Dan Hooker vs. Jason Knight — 5:29

Preliminary Card – Fox Sports 1 (8:00PM ET, 5:00PM PT)

  • Ben Nguyen vs. Geane Herrera — 9:18
  • Rich Walsh vs. Jonathan Meunier — 13:59
  • Damien Brown vs. Jon Tuck — 18:04
  • Dan Kelly vs. Chris Camozzi — 22:16

Main Card – Fox Sports 1 (10:00PM ET, 7:00PM PT)

  • Seohee Ham vs. Danielle Taylor — 27:15
  • Tyson Pedro vs. Khalil Rountree — skipped
  • Yusuke Kasuya vs. Alex Volkanovski — 30:47
  • Kyle Noke vs. Omari Akhmedov — 34:40
  • Jake Matthews vs. Andrew Holbrook — 39:39
  • Robert Whittaker vs. Derek Brunson — 45:35

“Fight of the Night” & “Performance of the Night” Predictions — 54:56
DraftKings Picks — 58:24
Closing Remarks — 1:05:18

Social Media

Nick Baldwin: @NickUFC

Go Paolo: @GoPaoloMMA

Wesley Riddle: @AllThatMMA


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Wesley Riddle is a 29-year-old writer residing in Raleigh, North Carolina from Harrisonburg, Virginia. He has been part of the MMASucka team since the fourth quarter of 2016. Additionally, he serves as a writer with partner site Last Word on Motorsports.

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