Robert Whittaker put his power on display for all of the world to see Saturday night at UFC Fight Night 65, flooring Brad Tavares and leaving Australia with a 44-second victory.
After an up-and-down run at welterweight, Whittaker (14-4) decided to move up to middleweight. He’s scored two wins there since and is on a three-fight win streak overall.
The veteran of The Ultimate Fighter, Whittaker landed a left hook, followed by another and swarmed all over Tavares to score his second straight finish.
“I have power, it’s just a matter of landing it,” he said. “I have always known I have power, but the huge weight cuts took it out of me.
“Now, I’ve settled down and the cuts are easier; the results show.”
Whittaker topped Brad Scott to claim TUF: The Smashes title in 2012 and added a TKO over Colton Smith in 2013. However, he lost to Court McGee and Stephen Thompson after that before downing Mike Rhodes and moving to 185.
Tavares (13-4) was coming off a win over Nate Marquardt but suffered just the second stoppage loss of his career.