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Bisping knocks out Rockhold at UFC 199

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Michael Bisping finally has a UFC belt around his waist. Some thought this day would never come; however, now it’s a reality.

Bisping, who stepped in on short notice, defied the odds to defeat Luke Rockhold in the first-round in the main event of the UFC 199 pay-per-view from the Los Angeles Forum. The knockout gave him the middleweight belt in his 26th UFC fight.

Michael Bisping and Luke Rockhold (Getty Images)

Michael Bisping and Luke Rockhold (Getty Images)

He was a late replacement for Chris Weidman, who pulled out after getting injured. In the two weeks leading up to the fight, Bisping was very confident — and even told everyone who would listen that he was going to win the belt — which he did.

Bisping has become Great Britain’s first-ever UFC Champion. This also gives him 19 UFC wins, tying a record.

The 17-day notice for Bisping caused him to close as a +500 underdog, according to the Westgate Las Vegas. It’s the third-biggest upset in a title fight in UFC history.

The other two are when Holly Holm shocked the world when she defeated previous undefeated Ronda Rousey in Australia in Nov. 2014. The other was when T.J. Dillashaw destroyed Renan Barao in July 2015.

Bisping and Rockhold were involved in a striking contest early on in the round. That was until Bisping caught Rockhold with a pair of left-hands.

Those two punches leveled the former champion. The fight was over from there, and Bisping celebrated as he won the strap for the first-time.

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