UFC 199 appeared to have a great lineup but sadly, predictable. UFC fans who tuned into Saturday night’s fight, however, had expectations shattered. This turned out to be one of the best events all year. Filled with endurance, guts, and incredible skill, the outcomes ranged from “eh” to “holy hell!”
Rockhold defeated by Bisping
Holding the most wins in UFC history, Michael Bisping, the middleweight out of Manchester finally takes home a belt. Luck was on Bisping’s side as Chris Weidman pulled out of the fight due to a neck injury. Two weeks of buildup did not disappoint as Luke Rockhold took to the Octagon in this rematch.
Right out of the gate, Bisping came swinging, and hard. Bisping took the title in one round. It was the punch heard round the world. Bisping caught Rockhold with a left hook that stunned the champion and sent him to the ground.
“Obviously, I didn’t respect him enough and I did something I normally don’t do,” Rockhold said. “I guess destiny is real. If you give me the rematch I will respect him more, but I will put him away.”
Now the only British UFC titleholder, ever, Michael Bisping could be set up to defend his title at UFC 205 in November at Madison Square Garden.
Cruzin’ for a Brusin’
In classic Cruz fashion, the “Dominator” took home his 12th win. Longtime rival, Urijah Faber, stood no chance against Cruz. Starting out slow, Cruz allowed Faber to get comfortable in the Octagon, too comfortable. He used his unique style to get in close to Faber before ducking away to allow the “California Kid” to swing at air. Judges had an easy task awarding Cruz the win to retain his bantamweight title.
While the fights were action packed, the announcement of former undisputed heavyweight champion, Brock Lesner, returning to UFC for a one-time matchup at UFC 200 has been the highlight of this weekend. Not only will Lesner break retirement, he’s doing it at this year’s biggest UFC event. Lesner will face Mark Hunt in his first fight since 2011 on July 9. Hunt is not a fighter to sleep on. He crushed two-time heavyweight champion Frank Mir in March with a first round knockout. Lesner is currently on contract with WWE and will return after UFC 200 for SummerSlam.
Along with the news of Lesner’s return, Conor McGregor’s anxiously awaited rematch with Nate Diaz has been announced for UFC 202 in Las Vegas, August 20th. McGregor has been dying to prove to the world, his loss to Diaz was a one-time thing.
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