UFC Fight Night 55 Report Card
By Richie Cranny
The very out spoken president of the UFC, Dana White, is famous for telling his fighters not to leave it in the hands of the judges, well today he’ll be a very happy man. Ten thousand plus fight fans who made the trip to Olympic Park were not only witness to an amazing fight card but, also history in the making.
Todays UFC at Allphones arena was the first ever event that didn’t require one single judges decision in its eleven fights. The elated fans got to see everything they could wish for from knockouts and submission to well justified referee stoppages. White’s only concern will be deciding who to award his fight bonuses to after so many impressive wins.
The local fighters ended up with mixed results but there were two young local emerging stars who stamped their names into this historic fight card. Jake Matthews and Robert Whittaker were majestic in their fights, these young men have great futures in this forever expanding sport that is Mixed Martial Arts and will no doubt be chosen as poster boys for the UFC in this region for future events.
The main event between Michael Bisping and Luke Rockwall was probably the least exciting fight on the card. After so much hype and perceived bad blood between theses two top-tier middleweights, the fight was somewhat lackluster.
Maybe it just seemed that way because of the excitement and action experienced in the lead up fights that gave us the illusion of a somewhat boring fight. Rockhold finished Bisping in the second round by submission, however Bisping enjoyed the crowd support and acknowledge as much in his post fight speech, thanking them and assuring his fans that he would be back.
MF’s MMA editor, Richie Cranny, is a 3rd Degree Black Belt in ProMai and a pioneer of MMA in the UK. Richie is an experienced and respected MMA coach and director of the highly successful wimp to warrior program (www.wimp2warrior.com.au.)