The beginning of an incredible stretch of UFC events went down Saturday night at UFC 199.
Luke Rockhold didn’t show Michael Bisping any respect heading into their main event fight for the UFC middleweight title.
And it proved costly for Rockhold.
With a perfectly-placed left hook, Bisping became the first-ever British UFC champion, knocking out Rockhold inside of the first round in one of the biggest upsets in UFC history.
Bisping, a former Ultimate Fighter winner, took the fight on 17 days notice after an injury knocked out Chris Weidman. He earned a win over former UFC champion Anderson Silva earlier this year, giving him a base to stand on as the next contender in line after Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza passed up the fight.
It was another dominant five-round performance by Dominick Cruz in the co-main event, as he retained the bantamweight title with a decision victory over Urijah Faber. Meeting for a third time, it was all “The Dominator,” has he stunned Faber early and controlled him with his speed and quickness throughout the 25-minute battle.
Max Holloway picked up his ninth consecutive victory with a decision win over Ricardo Lamas in a featherweight contest. “Blessed” and Lamas made a magical moment when they decided to “stand-and-bang” for the final 10 seconds of the bout.
Despite being 45 years old, Dan Henderson showed that he still has power, knocking Hector Lombard out with a back-elbow. Henderson, a former Strikeforce and Pride champion, connected with a head-kick and followed up with the back elbow to earn his 32nd career win.
After the win, Henderson admitted that he might finally hang it up, as his entire family was in attendance to see the performance.
Dustin Poirier improved to 4-0 since his return to lightweight, earning his 12th first round finish to begin the pay-per-view main card over Bobby Green. “The Diamond” dropped Green several times, finishing him with a thunderous shot.
The prelims ended with a bang, as Brian Ortega finished Clay Guida with just 20 seconds left in the fight. Facing the prospects of his first loss potentially, “T-City” landed with a knee and pounded out Guida to stay perfect in his career.
Beneil Dariush got right back on track following an April defeat, handing James Vick his first pro loss with a first round knockout. Dariush connected on a perfectly-timed counter-left that dropped Vick after a barrage of strikes.
To begin the televised action, Jessica Andrade made a statement to the rest of the strawweight division, stopping one-time title contender Jessica Penne in the second round. Andrade had fought several times before at bantamweight, but shined in her new weight class in L.A.
Neither were originally scheduled for the card, but fighting on 10 days notice didn’t bother Alex Caceres. The Ultimate Fighter alum earned a win over Cole Miller to open the FS1 televised prelims, scoring a decision and his 12th career win.