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UFC Fight Night 55 Results: Rockhold Beats Down Bisping, All 11 Fights End in Stoppages


(Michael Bisping does his best Stephan Bonnar impression at yesterday’s weigh-ins. Needs more blood. / Photo via Getty)

UFC Fight Night 55 is underway at the Allphones Arena in Sydney, Australia, headlined by Michael Bisping‘s latest grudge match against fellow middleweight Luke Rockhold. Plus, lightweight Ross Pearson slugs it out with Al Iaquinta, and Aussie fighters Robert Whittaker and Soa Palelei fight Clint Hester and Walt Harris, respectively.

For those of you poor souls without Fight Pass, our tireless liveblogger Bear Siragusa will be sticking live results and commentary after the jump beginning at 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT. Refresh the page every few minutes for all the latest updates, and leave us your thoughts in the comments section or on twitter @cagepotatomma.

UFC FIGHT NIGHT 55 PRELIMINARY CARD RESULTS
- Jake Matthews def. Vagner Rocha via Submission (Rear-naked choke) at 1:52 of round 2.
- Anthony Perosh def. Guto Inocente via Submission (Rear-naked choke) at 3:46 of round 1.
- Sam Alvey def. Dylan Andrews via KO (Punches) at 2:16 of round 1.
- Louis Smolka def. Richie Vaculik via TKO (Head kick and punches) at 0:18 of round 3.
- Chris Clements def. Vik Grujic via TKO (punches) at 4:06 of round 1.
- Daniel Kelly def. Luke Zachrich via Submission (kimura) at 4:27 of round 1.
- Marcus Brimage def. Jumabieke Tuerxun via KO (Head kick) at 2:58 of round 1.

Good morning folks. The prelims have been a gas. Not a single decision! I can’t remember the last card I covered where that happened. Probably because it has never happened in a card I covered. Louis Smolka’s headkick knockout of Richie Vaculik was glorious, and Jake Matthews continues to destroy whoever they put in front of him. That kid is going places… Like bed. It’s past his bedtime.

Which means it’s time for the main events.

First up:

Soa Palelei vs. Walt Harris

Round one:
They touch gloves. Both men showing a lot of respect. Soa gets a leg. Pushes Harris up against the fence. Harris defends and manages to push Soa off. Harris moves to the center of the octagon and starts chopping at Soa’s legs with leg kicks. Soa goes for another take down and eats a right hook and body kick for his troubles. Soa connects with a lovely right jab. Harris very light on his feet for a heavy weight. Harris with the headkick attempt, Soa didn’t move out of the way just absorbed it with his arms. Both men connect with leg kicks. Harris is doing good job keeping Soa at a distance. Soa with a solid kick up high. Harris with a nasty body kick. That hurt Soa who is now backing up a bit. Harris is giving him time to recover. Now they are standing in front of eachother and feinting to end the round

Round Two:
Both fighters told to be more aggresive. Lots of feinting without a lot of action. Soa connects with nasty inside leg kick that chops Harris’s leg out from under him. Soa with a solid right hand straight. Soa follows with a takedown attempt. Harris connects with a body kick. Soa is starting to find his range with those looping rights and lefts. Harris with a lazy left. Harris has his hands down. Despite little action from Harris he is actually starting to look tired. Head kick from Soa. Harris over commits with a big right hand and Soa catches him off balance for the takedown. Now Soa is on top and starting to land some heavy punches. Soa has full mount. Harris turtles up and doesn’t even try to defend himself. Soa waits, looking at the ref. and then starts landing big hammer fists to Harris’s head. It’s over.

Soa Palelei def. Walt Harris via TKO (strikes) at 4:49 of Round 2

Next up:

Robert Whittaker vs. Clint Hester

Round One:
They touch gloves. Nice leg kick from Whittaker to open things up. Both guys with a quick flurry. A huge overhand right from Hester which Whittaker avoids. Hester goes for the takedown but doesn’t get it. Whittaker with some nasty punches. He is looking great. They flurry. Hester connects with a HUGE right. Unreal. Whittaker is still standing but I don’t know how. Whittaker with a leg kick. Whittaker floors Hester with a huge overhand. He smells blood. Whittaker flurries but Hester manages to defend. Whittaker follows him to the ground. Whittaker is on top but Hester is defending well. Whittaker connects with a few punches from the top. Hester starts to work his way up the feance but Whittaker tears his legs out. From under him. Whittaker goes for full mount and Hester reverses and they are on their feet for the bell.

Round Two:
Whittaker opens with a leg kick. Hester answers with a straight right kick. Hester with an elbow countered by a right hand from Whittaker. They are both just winging at eachother. Both are looking wobbled. Whittaker fails with a takedown attempt. They trade jabs. They clinch and Hester pushes Whittaker up against the fence. Hester is starting to pepper Whittakers thighs with knees. They move away from the fence and Whitakker feints and connects with a knee to Hesters head. Hester goes down on one knee and Whittaker follows up with some nasty punches. It’s all over.

Robert Whittaker def. Clint Hester via TKO (punches) at 2:43 of round 2.

Next up: Co-main event.

Ross Pearson vs. Al Iaquinta

Round One:
They touch gloves. Iaquinta with his hands really low to start us off. Ross immediately connects with a looping overhand right. Iaquinta shrugs it off. Ross Pearson is looking focus. Pearson eats a right hand. Answers with an inside low kick. Goes high with a kick. Iaquinta with a head kick attempt. Iaquinta eats a straight right. Answers with a solid right of his own. Ross has the middle of the octagon but Iaquinta is dictating the pace and position of the fight. Ross with swinging right. They both feint. Waiting for the moment to unload with something big. A nice right from Iaquinta. Pearson with a lazy head kick. Pearson eats another right. Pearson with a knee.

Round 2:
Spinning back kick from Iaquinta. Ross with some big looping shots. Iaquinta with a nice elbow to the top of Pearsons head. Nice lowkick and straight right combo from Iaquinta. Pearson tee’s off and connects with a solid left. Iaquinta connects with the low kick/right hand combo and floors Pearson. Pearson is up again but Iaquinta follows him and destroys Pearson with some huge shots. Pearson is still standing! There he goes. Wow.

Al Iaquinta def. Ross Pearson via TKO (punches) at 1:39 round 2

Next up: Our Main Event.

Luke Rockhold vs. Michael Bisping

Round one:
Exciting stuff.
No glove touch here. Some feinting from Bisping. Leg kick from Bisping. Rockhold moving forward. Waiting for something it would seem. Rockhold connects with a counter right hook. Bisping With some big winging shots that miss. Rockhold pushes Bsping up against the fence. Bisping calls headbutt. Rockhold gets his body lck back, Bisping is arguing. Bisping pushes Rockhodl away. Bisping is bleeding from the left eye where they butted heads. Rockhold connects with a body shot. Rockhold connects with the counter right again. A big inside leg kick from Rockhold. Bisping is backing up. Rockhold connects with a knee to Bispings face. Not hard apparently. Rockhold connects with a long right. Rockhold is looking really relaxed. Bisping is looking angry. Bisping eats a body kick. Rockhold is after him now. Another big body kick from Rockhold. Bisping is answering with jabs but not much is connecting. A nice combo from Bisping. Bisping with a kick superman punch combo to end the round.

Round two:
Bisping with a over hand flurry. Rockhold catches Bisping with a stright left. That one hurt. Rockhold with a solid kick. Rockhold backs up and connects with a huge head kick. Bisping is Hurt! He goes down and Rockhold follows him down. Rockhold smells blood. He is just tee’ing off. Bisping starts to recover and Rockhold goes for a guillotine . He gets it and sinks it in. Bisping rolls away but Rockhold holds on. Bisping taps!

Luke Rockhold def. Michael Bisping via Submission (guillotine) at 0:57 of round 2.  

Rockhold calls out Jacare.

Bisping says he is not going anywhere.

That’s it for me. Great card. Not a single decision… Wow.

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