On Friday, Nov. 7, the UFC hosted UFC Fight Night 55: Rockhold vs. Bisping from the Allphones Arena in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
In the main event of the evening, former Strikeforce middleweight champion Luke Rockhold took on The Ultimate Fighter season three winner Michael Bisping. Rockhold entered the contest on the heels of back-to-back, first-round finishes of Tim Boetsch and Costas Philippou. Ten of the 30-year-old’s 12 career wins had come before the final bell. England’s Bisping, meanwhile, had alternated wins and losses for the past three years inside the Octagon. He was most recently in action in August, when he stopped another former Strikeforce champion, Cung Le, via fourth-round TKO at UFC Fight Night 48.
The co-main event featured a lightweight contest between TUF season nine winner Ross Pearson and TUF: Live runner-up Al Iaquinta. The Brit Pearson had tasted defeat just once in his last five outings and scored a second-round TKO over former title challenger Gray Maynard in August. Iaquinta earned his fourth Octagon victory in September, stopping Brazilian Rodrigo Damm in the third round by TKO.
The 11-fight event kicked off Friday with seven preliminary card fights streaming live on UFC Fight Pass at 5:30 p.m. ET. The four-fight main card followed at 10 p.m. ET, also on UFC Fight Pass.
Above is a post-fight interview with the victorious Iaquinta, as well as highlights of the c0-main event between Pearson and Iaquinta (courtesy of the UFC).
UFC Fight Pass Main Card
Luke Rockhold vs. Michael Bisping
Al Iaquinta vs. Ross Pearson
Clint Hester vs. Robert Whittaker
Walt Harris vs. Soa Palelei
UFC Fight Pass Preliminary Card
Jake Matthews vs. Vagner Rocha
Guto Inocente vs. Anthony Perosh
Sam Alvey vs. Dylan Andrews
Louis Smolka vs. Richie Vaculik
Chris Clements vs. Vik Grujic
Daniel Kelly vs. Luke Zachrich
Marcus Brimage vs. Jumabieke Tuerxun
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