UFC on FOX: Johnson vs. Reis took place April 15 at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri. UFC middleweight contenders Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza (24-5, 1 NC) and Robert Whittaker (18-4) locked horns in an important bout on the night's main card, which aired live on FOX. Catch the video highlights above.
For more on Souza vs. Whittaker, check out the play-by-play courtesy of MMAFighting.com's Jed Meshew.
Round 1: Mario Yamasaki is the referee. Jacare comes out and takes the center of the octagon but Whittaker is moving. Not a lot of action so far. Jacare shotos and is quickly stuffed. They're back to range and Whittaker is firing off a crisp jab. Jacare throws a wheel kick that misses but he closes the distance and forces Whittaker up against the fence in a clinch. Jacare changes levels and kind of gets a takedown but there's a funky scramble and Whittaker gets back to his feet. It's only for a moment though as Jacare gets a cleaner takedown but Whittaker gets to the fence. Jacare is on the back but Whittaker shakes him off and they're back at range. The two come together and Whittaker lands a left hand that knocks an off balance Jacare over. Whittaker is definitely winning the striking exchanges. Looks like their hands are at two different speeds. Jacare starting to throw big power shots but not landing much. Whittaker is just refusing to allow the clinch. Lands a good head body combination. The round ends with Whittaker pressing forward. MMA Fighting scores the round 10-9 Whittaker.
Round 2: The hand speed is really noticeable. And Whittaker drops Jacare with a big right hand! Jacare ties him up and Whittaker stands. Now Jacare is backing up but his legs look okay. Whittaker lands a monster uppercut and now Jacare is hurt and moving backward. Head kick from Whittaker! Jacare is trying to look tough but you can tell he is in trouble. Jacare hasn't even thrown a punch in over a minute. Still just trying to clear the cobwebs. Whittaker is stalking him down, feinting and landing good punches. Jacare finally appears to be better but he's bleeding from the mouth. Whittaker staying patient and firing off jabs and lead left hooks. Jacare lands a good counter right but Whittaker drops him again! This time it was a vicious head kick as Jacare ducked down. Jacare in huge trouble. Whittaker follows him to the ground and is landing big shots. Jacare rolls over and is getting up but Yamasaki steps in and stops it! Maybe a smidge early but not by much. Bobby Knuckles has announced himself as a title contender and Jacare is on very wobbly legs.
UFC Fight Night: Kansas City official results: Robert Whittaker def. Ronaldo Souza by TKO 3:28 into the second round.