The United Kingdom has its first UFC champion!
Michael Bisping sent the MMA world into meltdown on Saturday night in California as a couple of left hooks left Luke Rockhold out cold on the canvas at 3:36 of the first round earning Bisping the title, UFC middleweight champion .
Bisping took for main event bout at UFC 199 on just 2 weeks noticed as the former challenger Chris Weidman pulled out out of the bout with a neck injury. Bisping was filming the new xXx movie in Toronto at the time but took the fight and official pulled off one of the biggest upsets in UFC history.
Following the fight, while embracing his family in the cage Bisping spoke with Joe Rogan following the shocking KO win:
“Listen I’ve gotta be humble here, even though I want to be an arsehole” said Bisping. “Obviously, I am so happy right now. I started fighting when I came out of my mother, really. I have always been a fighter. It has always got me in trouble. But there is nothing I do better in this life than fighting.”
“I’m an average guy,” Bisping continued. “More than average. This is my dream. No one was going to take this away from me. Two days, two hours, two minutes. I’ll fight anyone, anywhere. Amazing.”
Across the cage, an obviously bitterly disappointed Luke Rockhold stood with his head in his hands before discussing the fight with Rogan.
“He caught me,” Rockhold said. “I just didn’t see it happening. I took him for granted. I could have capitalized and fought my fight rather than playing around with him.”
Bisping now has 17 UFC wins, the most significant strikes landed in UFC history, but this win is the biggest accomplishment in his career — apart from his family of course.
“Apart from my children and my wife, this is the greatest day of my life.” Bisping said.