On Saturday, July 18, the UFC touched down in Glasgow, Scotland to bring fight fans UFC Fight Night 72: Bisping vs. Leites live from the SSE Hydro.

In the night’s main event the popular Michael Bisping took on former title contender Thales Leities.

Bisping (26-7), winner of season 3 of The Ultimate Fighter, had traded wins and losses over the course of his eight bouts. Against Leities, he looked to make it two in a row for the first time since 2011. In his most recent appearance in the Octagon, ‘The Count’ walked away with a hard-fought decision win over C.B. Dollaway at UFC 185 in April. Prior to this win, the Englishman suffered a second round submission loss to rival Luke Rockhold in November 2014.

His opponent, Leities (25-4), looked to pick up his sixth straight win inside the Octagon and ninth straight overall. In his most recent outing, the Brazilian walked away with an impressive second round submission over Tim Botch at UFC 183, earning a Fight and Performance of the Night bonus in the process. This win also marked his third straight stoppage win, with his two previous being back-to-back knockouts over Francis Carmont and Trevor Smith.


Michael Bisping vs. Thales Leites

It’s time for the main event, where Michael Bisping will have the crowd behind him against the surging Thales Leites.

Round 1 — and it’s on. Crowd very loud and firmly behind The Count. They circle. Bisping jabs, Leites with a leg kick. Leites with a low blow, unintentional, Bisping was coming forward at the same time. Bisping doesn’t take much time to recover. Jabs. Strong footwork as Bisping circles. Leites fires back, Bisping slips away from it. Overhand swing and a miss from The Count. Leites trying to cut off the cage. Good high kick by Bisping. Leites with a hard leg kick. Leites looking for the uppercut, Bisping escapes, re-engages and throws another head kick that is blocked. Another nick headkick blocked. Leites lands a counter right in the next exchange. Nice combo by Bisping who then pushes Leites down and lands on top. Bisping’s team is yelling instructions from his corner, however Bisping gives up the back. He moves to the fence and looks to control to run the wrists as the clock winds down.

Round 2 — Leites comes out swinging, Bisping evades. He seems a little too willing to stand and trade with the dangerous Leites. Backs off and focuses on his movement again which has been his better weapon. Kick by Bisping. Leites fires, Bisping counters. High kick blocked by Leites but they make be taking a toll. Big right may have briefly stunned Bisping. Leites continues to push forward. Stumble by Bisping. Body kick by the Count. Uppercut by Leites then a leg kick. High kick by Bisping. Then a leg kick. Bisping eats on of Leites as he returns the favour. Both fighters settling in. Left hook by Bisping doesn’t connect flush. Kick to the leg by Leites. Very back and forth round to this point. Spinning back kick by Bisping misses and the round ends seconds later.

Round 3 — Leites clips Bisping against the fence and he’s hurt. Right hook then follow up shots. Bisping clinches and tries to hold on. He reverses and they break. He may still be hurt. Probably is. Leites smells blood in the water and is looking to corner the Count again. Bisping wisely escapes. Leites has a cut by his left eye. High kick from Bisping. Leites lands a short left. Then a right in the next exchange. Bisping telegraphs a kick badly. His next attempt is much more solid. Right lands from Leites. Bisping nearly catches a body kick. Bisping’s timing seems decent but Leites switches it up and scores a takedown after catching a kick. Bisping opened up as well. Leites scores a big uppercut against the fence with under twenty in the round, and the takedown and final exchange may shift the round to him.

Round 4 — Leites comes out strong again, Bisping working the leg kicks. Leites is cutting off the cage again, still looking to land the big uppercut finisher. Bisping with an overhand right with an accidental grazing eye poke, the ref advises both men to keep their fingers in but doesn’t stop the action. Bisping with a right but eats a shot in return. High kick attempt by Bisping. Superman punch is countered.  Bisping is looking more active towards the end of the fourth. Finally comes back with a body punch. Leites looks to score a takedown but fails. Bisping slips and overhand right, and the ten second mark sounds. We’ll have a fifth.

Round 5 — Leites strong early again. He may need a finish here. Bisping connects and dodges the counter. Leites stalking him. Leites stuns him but he recovers. Good punch/kick combo by the Count but Leites backs him up against the fence. Leites really coming on strong. Bisping with a kick, tries to slow things down. Bisping circles away. He’s definitely taking damage this round. Bisping connects with a solid combo with 90 seconds to go. Slip n’ rip from Bisping. Leites clips the Count. Kick by Leites is countered. Leites can’t seem to land flush and Bisping counters. They keep swinging right down to the wire. Knee attempt by Bisping and he eats a counter. They go the distance throwing everything but the kitchen sink.

Michael Bisping def. Thales Leites by split decision (47-48, 49-46, 48-47)

Evan Dunham vs. Ross Pearson

Round 1 — Dunham opens up with a high kick that Pearson blocks. Pearson stalking him down, Dunham looking light on his feet. Body kick by Dunham. Pearson charges in with a right that snaps Dunham’s head back. Dunham shoots for a single and finishes it. Pearson quickly works back to his feet. Knees by Dunham against the cage. Dunham with a second takedown, and secures the back as Pearson tries to get back up. Dunham looking to improve position so he can sink in a rear naked choke. Pearson defending but is not in the best position, though being right along the fence there’s not a lot of room for Dunham to work. Dunham with a little more space to work now. Dunham throwing a few punches while holding on to the back. Looking for an arm bar, he may have it. Pearson guts it out!

Round 2 — Dunham with a takedown off a level change to open the round. Dunham is once again having his way with Pearson on the ground. They move to the fence where it’s back down, with Dunham locking in hooks after taking the back again. Pearson defending well but can’t get free. Dunham manages to work his leg over Pearson’s shoulder and appears to be working for an arm bar again, but Pearson survives the round. We’ll go to a third, with Pearson clearly needing a finish.

Round 3 — Pearson is throwing hard and manages to fend off two early takedown attempts this round. Level change by Dunham and they press against the fence. Pearson defending the takedown again and he’s successful. Pearson has Dunham in a headlock and they break. Dunham goes right back to pushing Pearson up against the cage. Pearson is doing a much better job keeping things standing, but he’s not able to generate any real offence which makes it rather moot. With one minute to go he needs a late-round finish.

Evan Dunham def. Ross Pearson by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

Joseph Duffy vs. Ivan Jorge

Round 1 — Jorges opens with an overhand right. Duffy misses with a head kick.  Duffy lands a combo. Low blow seemingly goes uncalled; Jorge was on the receiving end of it. Great combo by Duffy shortly later. Jorge changes levels and pushes him up against the fence. Knee from Duffy. Jorge lands a combo. Jorge tries for a takedown but finds himself in a triangle. He gets the tap! Duffy by submission.

Joseph Duffy def. Ivan Jorge by submission (triangle choke), Round 1, 3:05

Joanne Calderwood vs. Cortney Casey

Round 1 — Calderwood is rocked early as Casey comes forward. JoJo clinches and presses Casey up against the cage to recover. Casey pulls guard. Fighting off an arm bar that started with a flying arm bar attempt as Casey pulled guard. Calderwood looking to land strikes from the top, but Casey is very active. Looking for an upkick. Now looking for a heel hook as Calderwood sat back down. Calderwood escapes the heel hook attempt and gains top control. Casey still very active with elbows from the bottom. Great round, very close.

Round 2 — kicks exchanged, and they clinch. JoJo with knees and elbows. Casey answers back. Body kick by JoJo. Calderwood is really coming on. Eats a left, just grazes with a spinning back kick, and Calderwood clinches again. Knee to the head up against the fence. Casey takes it to the ground with Calderwood on top. Casey with a high guard, JoJo stands up. She opts to strike and lands several before eating some counters. Big right from JoJo, who trips Casey in the clinch. Elbows from the top.  Lets Go JoJo chant is super loud. They trade to end the round with JoJo landing a big right again to put some emphasis on things.

Round 3 — And they go right back to war. Both fighters swinging away. Calderwood moving forward but the counters are dangerous. Spinning elbow just misses. JoJo landing more.Spinning back kick to the mid-section floors Casey. Casey goes down, JoJo swarms but Casey is still in it. Ton of heart. JoJo lets her stand back up. The Scottish favourite is smiling while eating leather. Push kick by JoJo, who is working the body. Casey looks for a triangle. JoJo secures side control then opts to stand back up again. Chops at Casey’s leg with kicks. Casey looks to take the back while clinching but can’t sneak over. They go to the floor with Calderwood on top. One minute to go in a great bout. JoJo landing short punches to the ribs. She turns it on for the last ten seconds but can’t get the finish as the round ends. Great fight start to finish.

Joanne Calderwood def. Cortney Casey by unanimous decision (30-37, 29-28, 30-27)

Leon Edwards vs. Pawel Pawlak

Round 1 — Good luck living up to Ray vs. Mafra. Head kick by Edwards. Edwards appears to be the aggressor early on. Pawlak looks for the overhand right. Edwards looks for the spinning kick, misses. Edwards lands a combo up against the fence, then secures double underhooks and starts working to wear his opponent down. Edwards lands a hard left as they break. Soon enough they’re along the fence again, Edwards once again wearing Pawlak down, looking to secure a takedown. We’ll be going to a second.

Round 2 — Can Pawlak avoid the clinch? Will Edwards utilize his superior striking? Hard shots by both men to start the round. Staying in the middle so far, trading. Pawlak pulls guard perhaps out of frustration. Edwards on top, lands an elbow. Edwards trying to pass, Pawlak in butterfly guard. The round ends in this position.

Round 3 — Head kick missed by Edwards, who is likely up two rounds. Pawlak charges forward with a bunch that is easily evaded by Edwards. Edwards drops Pawlak with a head kick and the crowd erupts! Edwards follows up with a number of standing punches on the downed Pawlak, but he survives, and Edwards takes top control. They work back to the feet and again Edwards has control against the fence. Short punches but not much else with ninety seconds to go. Edwards with an elbow on the break. Pawlak has a chin but hasn’t shown nearly enough offence. And we go the distance.

Leon Edwards def. Pawel Pawlak by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Leonardo Mafra vs. Stevie Ray

Round 1 — It’s main card time, after a great set of prelims! Crowd fully into the action tonight. Ray slips but gets back up. Combo by Ray met with a jab. Ray with a wild hook that misses. Still in a feeling out period. Ray catches a kick and answers with a punch to the body. Push kick and Ray tags him moments later. Pouring it on up against the fence. Big left from Ray. They’re in the spin cycle. Mafra stumbles and falls, Ray swarms, it’s over! Crowd is crazy loud!

Stevie Ray def. Leonardo Mafra by TKO, Round 1, 2:30



Michael Bisping def. Thales Leites by split decision (47-48, 49-46, 48-47)
Evan Dunham def. Ross Pearson by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Joseph Duffy def. Ivan Jorge by submission (triangle choke), Round 1, 3:05
Joanne Calderwood def. Cortney Casey by unanimous decision (30-37, 29-28, 30-27)
Leon Edwards def. Pawel Pawlak by unanimous decision, (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Stevie Ray def. Leonardo Mafra by TKO, Round 1, 2:30


Paddy Holohan def. Vaughan Lee by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Ilir Latifi def. Hans Stringer by KO, Round 1, 0:56
Mickael Lebout def. Teemu Packalen by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
Robert Whiteford def. Paul Redmond by TKO, Round 1, 3:04


Jimmie Rivera def. Marcus Brimage by TKO, Round 1, 1:29
Daniel Omielanczuk def. Chris de la Rocha by TKO, Round 1, 0:48