Watch UFC 213 co-headliner Robert Whittaker take out Brad Tavares in 44 seconds

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Robert Whittaker is on one of the best runs in the game right now. On Saturday, he has a chance to add some hardware to his resume.

Whittaker (18-4 MMA, 9-2 UFC) meets Yoel Romero (12-1 MMA, 8-0 UFC) in the UFC 213 co-main event for the interim middleweight title and a chance to move on to a title unification fight against champ Michael Bisping.

To get the interim title fight, Whittaker has won seven straight fights. Four of those have come by knockout – and all four have won fight-night bonuses. Most recently, Whittaker upset Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza at UFC on FOX 24. That came on the heels of a double bonus-winning knockout of Derek Brunson in his first UFC headliner, which came this past November in Australia.

A few fights before that, Whittaker ran up against Brad Tavares in the UFC Fight Night 65 co-main event in Australia in front of his home fans. He was a slight underdog in the fight, but he took out the favorite in just 44 seconds in just his second fight at middleweight. Naturally, the knockout won him a bonus and made Whittaker a contender.

Ahead of UFC 213, check out Whittaker’s dominant win over Tavares – the fastest of his UFC tenure and one of 11 first-round stoppages on his resume. Then don’t miss UFC 213, which takes place Saturday at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

For more on UFC 213, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Source: MMA Junkie