The UFC made it’s way to sunny Inglewood, California, on Saturday for UFC 199: Rockhold vs Bisping 2.

In the headlining fight, Luke Rockhold stepped into the cage for a rematch with trash-talking Englishman, Michael “The Count” Bisping.

Rockhold famously submitted Bisping via guillotine choke in round 2 of their Fight Night 55 main event back in November 2014. The win was part of a current 5-fight win streak that culminated in a TKO finish over then-champ Chris Weidman at UFC 194 this past December.

Bisping, meanwhile, took the 199 headlining bout on just two weeks’ notice, after Chris Weidman was forced to withdraw from the match due to a serious neck injury.  “The Count” most recently put on the performance of his career in a gritty, five round unanimous decision win over former middleweight wrecking machine Anderson “The Spider” Silva.

In fact, since losing to Rockhold, Bisping has gone 3-0 with wins over C.B. Dolloway, Thales Leites, and Silva.

In the co-main event slot, the bantamweight title was on the line, as longtime adversaries Dominick Cruz and Urijah Faber battled for the third time in their lengthy MMA careers.

Cruz recently regained the bantamweight title from T.J. Dillishaw at Fight Night 81 in January.  The split decision win came on the heels of a tumultuous four years which included several major injuries that nearly forced the former WEC and UFC champion into an early retirement.

Faber entered the UFC 199 bout at 3-0 in bantamweight competition since a TKO loss to Renan Barao at UFC 169 back in February 2014.

Among his many MMA accomplishments, Faber is the only person to hold a win over Dominick Cruz in his professional career. He submitted Cruz via first round guillotine at WEC 26 all the way back in 2007.

The UFC 199 main card aired on pay per view, with the televised prelims airing on FOX Sports 1 and early prelims streaming on UFC Fight Pass.

MAIN CARD SUMMARY

Dustin Poirier vs. Bobby Green

Green came out dancing and grooving, and did some sort of diving tumble into the octagon, clearly feeling the energy of his first fight in over 18 months. He and Poirier were both finding range with a number of strikes. Just over a minute into the round, Green began trash-talking and dropped his hands, at which point Poirier cracked him with a hard left that sent him to the ground. Poirier swarmed, but Green was able to get back to his feet, though he was still rattled. Coming up on the two minute mark, Poirier landed another left which put green back on the fence. Poirier was patient picking his shots, but stayed aggressive, and loaded up with some big punches. Green was dodging and had just started in with the trash talk when Poirier landed a beautiful left to the temple. Green falls to the ground. Poirier moves and lands a couple of hammerfists, but Green is done and the ref steps in for the TKO stoppage at 2:53 of round 1.

Dan Henderson vs. Hector Lombard

Round 1
Henderson lands a couple of hard leg kicks early, and Lombard nearly catches the second. As Lombard stalks forward, Hendo catches him with a hard right on top of his head, but Lombard seems unfazed.
Two minutes into the round, Lombard lands a hard body kick. Henderson returns fire and stuns Lombard with a big punch. As Hendo charges into clinch range, Lombard cracks hims on the chin, and both fighters go to the ground.
In the scramble, Lombard finds himself on top in crucifix position, where he begins working an americana on Hendo’s left arm. As Hendo defends, Lombard looked to switch to a straight armbar, but lets it go in favor of maintaining position. Hendo eventually escapes and gets back to his feet, but Lombard lands another hard shot that drops him.
When Hendo gets back to his feet, he’s wobbly , and Lombard begins pouring it on with strikes, looking for a finish. Lombard lands a big takedown but Hendo manages to retain a closed guard. Hendo does an excellent job of controlling Lombard’s posture, minimizing damage until the round ends.

Round 2
Before the round begins, referee Herb Dean brings in the ringside doctor to check out Henderson’s condition. The fans at The Forum aren’t happy with the prospect of the fight being stopped. Luckily, Henderson gives the nod that he’s okay – would you expect anything different, really? — and Herb Dean calls for the start of the round.
The fighters exchange a couple of flurries but not a lot lands. There’s much less movement and circling this round, as both seem happy to stand toe-to-toe, feint a few punches and paw at each other to find range.
Seemingly out of nowhere, Henderson throws a right kick that slams into the side of Lombard’s head. Lombard is stunned but manages to catch the leg, however Hendo winds up with a big elbow that cracks Lombard on the ear and immediately drops him. Hendo dives in for the finish, but Lombard is already out.
The ref steps in for the KO stoppage at 1:27 of round 2.
During the post-fight interview with Joe Rogan, Henderson announces that this may be his last time fighting in the octagon, as he is considering retirement.

Max Holloway vs. Ricardo Lamas

Round 1
Holloway is doing a great job early of controlling the cage, cutting off Lamas as he tries to circle off the fence. Lamas lands a single kick, Holloway moves in with a flurry of punches.
Lamas stays busy with some 2-3 punch combos, and is working a strong kick game, until midway through the round when Holloway lands another flurry that staggers him. Lamas shoots in with an aggressive takedown, and relentlessly latches onto Holloway’s leg. Holloway deftly sprawls until Lamas is completely flattened out on his stomach.
Back to standing, Lamas attempts another single leg, pushing Holloway into the fence. He turns and tries to drag Holloway to the ground, but Holloway escapes and brings the action back to the centre of the cage.
Holloway ends the round throwing a flurry and a spinning wheel kick that Lamas is just barely able to block.

Round 2
Lamas comes out early and aggressive with a high kick blocked by Holloway, and feints a spinning kick. Holloway throws an oblique kick, then Lamas charges in with a combo that mostly misses, however he lands a nice leg kick to finish it off.
Holloway lands a couple of nice shots as Lamas is backed up to the fence again. Holloway is patient, switching stances to keep Lamas guessing.
Lamas puts together another nice combo of his own, again ending it with a kick, but he gets complacent and Holloway telegraphs the combo, countering with punches, clinching, and landing a hard knee on Lamas’ head that staggers him. Holloway is pressuring forward, hands down, cutting off the cage. Lamas tags Holloway, and Holloway returns fire.
There’s a scramble on the cage and they go to the gorund. Holloway tries to wrap up Lamas’ neck, but Lamas rolls, and Holloway ends up on top in north-south position. As Lamas tries to get to his feet, Holloway lands a hard body kick.
Back to standing and Lamas tries for another single leg. Holloway defends and gets Lamas in a sort of reverse headlock. Lamas is telling the ref that he’s okay.
There’s another scramble and Holloway nearly sinks in a rear-naked choke, but Lamas defends and rolls to his knees in turtle position. Holloway lands some hard ground and pound before the round closes.

Round 3
Lamas opens the round with a nice one-two combo and follows up with a flashy kick, but Holloway slips out of range. Lamas again throws a spinning wheel kick, but misses.
Around the two minute mark, Lamas lands a big right, then throws a head kick and leg kick.
Holloway engages the clinch and gets Lamas on the cage for a few seconds before breaking.
Lamas lands another left, and they clinch again. There’s some fighting for position but they break apart.
Lamas lands an oblique kick that gets Holloway’s attention. Holloway pushes forward, landing a couple of hard shots. Lamas throws a spinning elbow, Holloway counters, but Lamas shakes it off.
With 10 seconds left in the round, Holloway points to the ground where he’s standing in a “I’m right here, let’s do this,” look on his face. Lamas obliges and they begin winging wild punches at each other. It’s an insane back and forth that’s all offense, zero defense. The fans, the fighters, and UFC commentators are loving every second of it.
The round ends to cheers from the entire arena.
Holloway is awarded the Unanimous Decision win with 30-27 on all three judges’ scorecards.

Dominick Cruz vs. Urijah Faber

Luke Rockhold vs. Michael Bisping

FULL RESULTS

Main Card (Pay Per View, 10 p.m. ET)

(c) Michael Bisping def. Luke Rockhold via KO (punches). Round 1, 3:36 – to win the Middleweight Title
(c) Dominick Cruz def. Urijah Faber via Unanimous Decision (50-45, 50-45, 49-46) – to retain the Bantamweight Title
Max Holloway def. Ricardo Lamas via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Dan Henderson def. Hector Lombard via KO (headkick & elbow). Round 2, 1:27
Dustin Poirier def. Bobby Green via TKO (punches). Round 1, 2:53

Televised Prelims (FOX Sports 1, 8 p.m. ET)

Brian Ortega def. Clay Guida via TKO (knee). Round 3, 4:40
Beneil Dariush def. James Vick via KO (punches). Round 1, 4:16
Jessica Andrade def. Jessica Penne via TKO (punches). Round 2, 2:56
Alex Caceres def. Cole Miller via Unanimous Decision. (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)

Fight Pass Prelims (UFC Fight Pass, 6 p.m. ET)

Sean Strickland def. Tom Breese via Split Decision. (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
Luiz Henrique da Silva def. Jonathan Wilson via TKO (punches). Round 2, 4:11
Kevin Casey vs. Elvis Mutapcic ends as a Majority Draw. (29-28, 28-29, 28-28)
Polo Reyes def. Dong Hyun Kim via KO (punches). Round 3, 1:52

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Jonny Hodds
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Jonny Hodds geeks out over MMA, RPGs, comic books, board games, documentaries, and all things horror/sci-fi/fantasy related. When he was 10 years old, he was shown a karate video of a “master sensei” getting kicked in the junk repeatedly without flinching. To this day, he still believes this is the only true form of mixed martial arts. He also spends far too much time online for his own good.