On November 8, 2014, middleweight contender Luke Rockhold looks to make a statement against Michael Bisping at UFC Fight Night 55 at the Allphones Arena in Sydney, Australia.

Bisping is coming off of an impressive “Performance of the Night” win over dangerous striker Cung Le at UFC Fight Night 48. Bisping continues to be one of the best fighters in the UFC middleweight division, but at 35 years old, his title window is closing quickly.

Rockhold on the other hand is still in the prime of his career and is coming off of back-to-back first round stoppage victories over Costas Philippou and Tim Boetsch. Rockhold is on a mission to win UFC gold and a win over Bisping would push him to the front of the line for a middleweight title shot.

Bisping is a tough matchup for anyone in the middleweight division as he does everything well; his striking is crisp and accurate, his footwork is solid, his grappling is solid and his conditioning is out of this world. Beating Bisping is no gimme for Rockhold and he is going to have to bring his “A” game on the 8th.

 

Fight Smart

The biggest thing Rockhold is going to have to do against Bisping is fight smart. These two do not like each other and Bisping has been doing what he does best…talking. Bisping has been getting Rockhold wound up and if he lets his emotions get the best of him, Rockhold is going to be in trouble.

 

Body Kicks

Cardio can be a game-changer and Bisping has some of the best cardio in all of MMA, so Rockhold is going to have empty Bisping’s gas tank early. Rockhold has great kicks and they are powerful; attacking the body early and often will take that wind from Bisping and break him down. Tired fighters make mistakes and that is what Rockhold needs Bisping to do.

 

Top Game

Bisping has never been submitted in his MMA career and his grappling game is vastly underrated. Rockhold is an elite grappler and his top game is fierce. Rockhold doesn’t just look to hold people down either as he looks to finish fights. If Rockhold can wear Bisping down on the feet with body kicks, he can put him away on the ground.

 

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RJ Gardner
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RJ Gardner is a rabid sports fan and a long time MMA enthusiast. After watching UFC 1 at ripe old age of 11 RJ was hooked and his passion for the sport has continued to blossom over the years. RJ has been covering MMA since 2007 and has had work featured on Bleacher Report, SI.com, CBSSports.com and UFC.com. RJ is also a Petroleum Transportation Operations Manager during the day.