LUKE ROCKHOLD v Michael Bisping looked a close contest with the reigning and defending UFC middleweight king a respectable favourite over the Brit who came in at just 17 days’ notice.
But Bisping became Britain’s first ever UFC champion, at the age of 37 and in Los Angeles, stunning Rockhold with a left hook in the first round of their clash at UFC 199.
Bisping dropped his American opponent with a another left soon after and the follow-up burst of shots saw Rockhold rescued at the 3-36 mark.
Rockhold, six years Bisping’s junior, had defeated the Englishman less thab two years ago, via submission in the second.
For Bisping, sweet revenge here proved his second landmark victory in a row, after outscoring the legendary Anderson Silva in February.
“Two weeks’ notice, two days, two hours, two minutes, I’ll fight anyone anywhere,” an elated Bisping said at the post-fight presser.
“Some say revenge is sweet. I disagree. It’s better than sweet. I really, really have felt the support from the UK, it’s part of the reason why I’m here right now.”