Luke Rockhold : Michael Bisping v Luke Rockhold, As it happened

Luke Rockhold : Michael Bisping v Luke Rockhold, As it happened

Luke Rockhold put the finishing touches on a night of finishes at UFC Fight Night 55 Friday evening, earning a submission victory over Michael Bisping in the main event. The entire card aired from Sydney, Australia on UFC Fight Pass.

Each bout on the card ended before the final horn sounded, with the 11 finishes surpassing 2008’s UFC Fight Night 13 and 2013’s UFC on FUEL TV 10 cards, each of which had 10 early endings.

But no finish was probably sweeter than Rockhold’s submission of Bisping, as the two traded barbs with each other for the past few months leading up to Friday’s bout. When it was over though, the two buried the hatchet.

“It’s in the past now,” Rockhold said. “I don’t think we’ll ever be friends but I’ve got a lot of respect for him. He’s a warrior.”

Bisping had similarly respectful words for his former nemesis, while insisting that this setback was only a minor one.

“It’s back to the drawing board,” he said. “I’m going nowhere.”

Bisping stayed busy with his striking as the bout began, but he found himself in a bit of trouble in the second minute when a clash of heads reopened a cut over the left eye that Bisping had initially suffered in the late stages of his training camp. The bout was halted momentarily and while “The Count” wasn’t hurt, he did seem to lose his focus as he complained to referee Herb Dean about the situation. Rockhold stayed cool, calmly walking down his foe. Two hard body kicks appeared to jar Bisping as the clock ticked down, leading Rockhold to pick up the pace.

With Rockhold’s promise of a first-round finish out the window, it was going to be interesting to see if the Californian was going to lose his composure, but a stiff left hand to the head in the first 30 seconds of round two answered that question, with a kick to the head making it even more emphatic as Bisping fell to the deck. With his foe down, Rockhold sunk in a guillotine choke, forcing the tap 57 seconds into the round and making a statement in the process.

“I’m the number one contender and Ill prove it anytime I have to,” he said.

With the win, Rockhold improves to 13-2; Bisping, who had never been submitted before, falls to 26-7.