Two guys who genuinely have a deep repugnance for one another. Two guys who will tee off on one another on Saturday, November 8.

In case you haven’t caught on yet, we’re referring to UFC middleweights Luke Rockhold and Britain’s finest, Michael Bisping.

The two will meet when the UFC travels to Sydney, Australia for UFC Fight Night 55. Nov 8 will mark the first time in more than two years the UFC has found a home in Australia. UFC Fight Night 55 will air on UFC Fight Pass beginning at 10 PM on the east coast, 7 pm PT.

Rockhold and Bisping won’t be the only bang for your buck, as Ross Pearson will look to continue his climb when he meets Al Iaquinta in a lightweight showdown.

The MMA Corner’s Josh Davis (27-13) and Garrett Derr (24-16) are here to cash in their predictions for every main card fight.

 

Soa Palelei vs. Walt Harris

Davis: This is a fight between two big heavyweights that swing for the fences.  I really don’t see this fight making it out of the first round.  I think both fighters will land some heavy shots, but it will be Palelei who gets the victory.

Predictions: Palelei by TKO, Round 1

Derr: Harris had his go-around with the UFC and it didn’t go so well. No, not at all. He’ll have a chance to make us forget his most recent Octagon appearance that lasted a mere 25 seconds if he can withstand the heavy hands of Palelei. There’s not an ice cube’s chance in Hades this bout makes the final bell. Look for a slugfest early and expect it to end shortly after.

Prediction: Palelei by KO, Round 1

 

Robert Whittaker vs. Clint Hester

Davis: I have always thought that Whittaker has potential and could do big things in the UFC.  The problem is, he doesn’t always fight up to his potential and if he comes out flat against Hester, it could be a long night.  Hester has quietly won seven fights in a row and does have the ability to win this fight, especially if Whittaker doesn’t take him seriously.  With that said, I think Whittaker did take Hester seriously and I do think that he is going to fight up to his potential. The hometown kid gets the win.

Predictions: Whittaker by Decision

Derr: Whittaker gets the chance to live out his dream once more in front of his home crowd when he meets Hester, who currently rides a seven-fight winning streak. If Whittaker had even a mid-tier submission game, he’d have his way with Hester, who avoids even the word submission at all costs. Hester brings an improved striking game to the table along with a gas tank that holds about 50 to the gallon. Whittaker may use the early adrenaline to flood Hester, but things will fizzle out and it’ll be Hester who has his way in the end.

Prediction: Hester by Decision 

 

Ross Pearson vs. Al Iaquinta

Davis: This is a fight that I have been looking forward to since the day we announced it on our site.  Pearson looked good in his victory over Maynard and continues to improve every time out.  Iaquinta is hoping a win over Pearson will catapult him into the title mix, but not so fast.  Pearson is on a roll and he’ll continue to roll Saturday night.

Prediction: Pearson by TKO, Round 3

Derr: It would be a gargantuan mistake to write off Iaquinta in this one. He lacks the high-profile fight, but his extensive time training with UFC middleweight champ Chris Weidman, has certainly paid off. Iaquinta has the conditioning to last three rounds with a belligerent artist in Pearson. Unfortunately for Iaquinta, Pearson has been as hot as they come since dropping to lightweight and his race to the checkered flag doesn’t stop here.

Prediction: Pearson by Submission, Round 2 

 

Luke Rockhold vs. Michael Bisping

Davis: If this were a battle of wits or a war of words, there is no question that Bisping would walk away victorious and give the crowd a few one liners on his way out. This is a fight and while Bisping did look good in his one-sided beat down of Cung Li, Rockhold is not a 42-year-old man who may or may not be taking PED’s.  Rockhold is a beast in his prime with excellent striking, submissions, and grappling.  Bisping’s lackluster performance against Tim Kennedy still leaves a bad taste in my mouth.  Rockhold  should win this fight and the smart bet is on Rockhold, but because I like to be different, I am going with Bisping.

Predictions: Bisping by Decision

Derr: Bisping will bring a striking accuracy to the table that Rockhold has yet to see. And while Rockhold’s chin isn’t necessary suspect, he has shown his ability to be prone to the knockout. Rockhold also closes the distance well and his conditioning is second to none. I see Rockhold’s overall ability to switch attacks and his flexibility to the style of fight will be enough to give him the edge. If Bisping had a hard time with Tim Kennedy, he’s going to have a night to forget with Rockhold.

Prediction: Rockhold by Decision

 

 

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