UFC Fight Night 55 is heading Down Under to bring fight fans everywhere UFC Fight Night 55, live from the Allphones Arena in Sydney on Nov. 8. A middleweight grudge between heated rivals Michael Bisping and Luke Rockhold will serve as the main event.

Rockhold (12-2), the former Strikeforce middleweight champion, will be looking to push his win streak to three straight. In his two most recent performances, the American Kickboxing Academy product walked away with back-to-back first-round finishes over Costas Philippou and Tim Boetsch.

Manchester, England’s Bisping (25-6) has been a mainstay in the upper echelon of the 185-pound division ever since winning the third season of The Ultimate Fighter. In his last outing, ‘The Count’ got back in the win column with an impressive fourth-round TKO of Cung Le at UFC Fight Night 48 in August. Prior to this win, he suffered a decision loss to Tim Kennedy in the main event of TUF: Nations Finale in April.

Fight fans will remember Bisping for his comments during an appearance on SPIKE’s MMA Uncensored Live, where he dismissed Rockhold and his fellow Strikeforce fighters as viable contenders. He would later declare himself the “unofficial Strikeforce champion” after he revealed he had his way with Rockhold during a past sparring session.

Rockhold would take the exception to this statement and vowed to “treat Bisping like he needs to be treated.”

A lightweight fight between a pair of TUF veterans in Ross Pearson and Al Iaquinta will serve as the co-main event.

Pearson (16-7) is fresh off an impressive second-round TKO victory over Gray Maynard at UFC Fight Night 47 in August. The TUF 9 winner will enter this bout having gone unbeaten in four of his last five bouts, which includes violent TKO victories over George Sotiropoulos and Ryan Couture.

Iaquinta (9-3-1), the TUF 15 runner-up, will enter this bout having picked up wins in four of his last five UFC bouts. In his most recent performance, the Serra-Longo product walked away with his fourth career knockout victory after turning off Rodrigo Damm’s lights in the third round of their UFC Fight Night 50 matchup.

Main Card Summary

 Luke Rockhold vs. Michael Bisping: Despite the apparent feud, the two touch gloves as we get underway for the main event. Early in the round Rockhold goes for the clinch and the two accidentally clash heads, which pauses the action. The cut over Bisping’s left eye is opened up by it, but Herb Dean declares the clinch was clean. Rockhold uses the body kick from his left leg effectively in the first round and takes the round with that success. Less than a minute into the second round, Rockhold lands a head kick into a ducking Bisping that sends Bisping to the floor. Rockhold gets on top and secures the mounted guillotine to win the fight.

Ross Pearson vs. Al Iaquinta: Iaquinta comes out with his hands down, trying to move and counter Pearson’s combination. It’s a close round to score, but it seemed like Pearson was getting the better of the exchanges in the first round. Not long into the second round and Iaquinta drops Pearson with a huge shot. Pearson finds his feet on shaky legs and Iaquinta lands some big combinations against the cage, which drop Pearson again. Ref steps in for the TKO finish by Iaquinta.

Clint Hester vs. Robert Whittaker: Both fighters come out throwing some heavy shots that you could probably have heard in the nosebleeds. Hester cracks Whittaker with a spinning back fist, but Whittaker quickly answers with a huge right thats hurts Hester badly. Whittaker gets a takedown and controls till the end of the round. The second round begins with more haymaker attempts by Hester, Whittaker answering with solid combinations. Whittaker starts to land, pushes Hester to the cage and lands a huge knee that hurts Hester. Whittaker swarms and the ref steps in to end the fight.

Walt Harris vs. Soa Palelei: First round sees little action in this heavyweight fight. Palelei’s takedowns are easily stopped by Harris who probably edged out the first round with a solid use of body kicks. Palelei finally gets a takedown late in the second round and finishes the fight with some ground-and-pound. Harris looked pretty gassed and couldn’t escape from underneath Palelei.


Luke Rockhold def. Michael Bisping by submission (guillotine). Round 2, 0:57
Al Iaquinta def. Ross Pearson by TKO (punches) Round 2, 1:39.
Robert Whittaker def. Clint Hester by TKO (strikes). Round 2, 2:43.
Soa Palelei def. Walt Harris by TKO (punches). Round 2, 4:49.
Jake Matthews def. Vagner Rocha by submission (RNC). Round 2, 1:52
Anthony Perosh def. Guto Incocente by submission (RNC). Round 1, 3:46
Sam Alvey def. Dylan Andrews by TKO (punches). Round 1, 2:16
Chris Clements def. Vik Grujic by TKO (strikes). Round 1, 3:06
Louis Smolka def. Richie Vaculik by TKO (head kick). Round 3, 0:18
Daniel Kelly def. Luke Zachrich by submission (kimura). Round 1, 4:27
Marcus Brimage def. Jumabieke Tuerxun by KO (head kick). Round 1, 2:58

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