- Jul 20, 2016
The UFC's time on Fight Island wrapped up with a tactical striking battle between top middleweight contenders Robert Whittaker and Darren Till. Whittaker, fighting for the first time since losing the middleweight championship to Israel Adesanya, survived an early scare to score a unanimous decision victory and get back in the win column.
Early in the first round, Till caught Whittaker lunging in, cracking him with a short elbow and dropping the former champion to the canvas. Till attempted to go for the finish, but Whittaker recovered well and used the threat of winging overhand rights to keep Till from pressing the early advantage.
In the second round, Whittaker scored his own knockdown, bombing Till with a wild overhand right and planting him on the canvas. Whittaker used the opportunity to land some heavy ground and pound shots, swelling Till's face and drawing blood from his nose....
- Robert Whittaker def. Darren Till via unanimous decision (48-47, 48-47, 48-47)
- Mauricio Rua def. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
- Fabricio Werdum def. Alexander Gustafsson via first-round submission (armbar)
- Carla Esparza def. Marina Rodriguez via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 30-27)
- Paul Craig def. Gadzhimurad Antigulov via first-round submission (triangle choke)
- Alex Oliveira def. Peter Sobotta via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Khamzat Chimaev def. Rhys McKee via first-round TKO (punches)
- Francisco Trinaldo def. Jai Herbert via third-round TKO (punches)
- Jesse Ronson def. Nicolas Dalby via first-round submission (rear-naked choke)
- Tom Aspinall def. Jake Collier via first-round TKO (punches)
- Movsar Evloev def. Mike Grundy via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
- Tanner Boser def. Raphael Pessoa via second-round TKO (punches)
- Pannie Kianzad def. Bethe Correia via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
- Ramazan Emeev def. Niklas Stolze via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
- Nathaniel Wood def. John Castaneda via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
UFC Fight Night results, highlights: Robert Whittaker takes decision over Darren Till in tactical affair
Whittaker recovered from an early knockdown to earn the unanimous decision victory