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The beginning of an incredible stretch of UFC events went down Saturday night at UFC 199.

Luke Rockhold didn’t show Michael Bisping any respect heading into their main event fight for the UFC middleweight title.

And it proved costly for Rockhold.

With a perfectly-placed left hook, Bisping became the first-ever British UFC champion, knocking out Rockhold inside of the first round in one of the biggest upsets in UFC history.

Bisping, a former Ultimate Fighter winner, took the fight on 17 days notice after an injury knocked out Chris Weidman. He earned a win over former UFC champion Anderson Silva earlier this year, giving him a base to stand on as the next contender in line after Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza passed up the fight.

It was another dominant five-round performance by Dominick Cruz in the co-main event, as he retained the bantamweight title with a decision victory over Urijah Faber. Meeting for a third time, it was all “The Dominator,” has he stunned Faber early and controlled him with his speed and quickness throughout the 25-minute battle.

Max Holloway picked up his ninth consecutive victory with a decision win over Ricardo Lamas in a featherweight contest. “Blessed” and Lamas made a magical moment when they decided to “stand-and-bang” for the final 10 seconds of the bout.

Despite being 45 years old, Dan Henderson showed that he still has power, knocking Hector Lombard out with a back-elbow. Henderson, a former Strikeforce and Pride champion, connected with a head-kick and followed up with the back elbow to earn his 32nd career win.

After the win, Henderson admitted that he might finally hang it up, as his entire family was in attendance to see the performance.

Dustin Poirier improved to 4-0 since his return to lightweight, earning his 12th first round finish to begin the pay-per-view main card over Bobby Green. “The Diamond” dropped Green several times, finishing him with a thunderous shot.

The prelims ended with a bang, as Brian Ortega finished Clay Guida with just 20 seconds left in the fight. Facing the prospects of his first loss potentially, “T-City” landed with a knee and pounded out Guida to stay perfect in his career.

Beneil Dariush got right back on track following an April defeat, handing James Vick his first pro loss with a first round knockout. Dariush connected on a perfectly-timed counter-left that dropped Vick after a barrage of strikes.

To begin the televised action, Jessica Andrade made a statement to the rest of the strawweight division, stopping one-time title contender Jessica Penne in the second round. Andrade had fought several times before at bantamweight, but shined in her new weight class in L.A.

Neither were originally scheduled for the card, but fighting on 10 days notice didn’t bother Alex Caceres. The Ultimate Fighter alum earned a win over Cole Miller to open the FS1 televised prelims, scoring a decision and his 12th career win.

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Winner of eight in a row, Max Holloway will take on Ricardo Lamas this Saturday night at UFC 199.

Holloway, who’s last loss came to current UFC champion Conor McGregor, appeared on a recent edition of “Submission Radio” to discuss his fight with Lamas and more.

Check out the transcription below for the complete interview:

Who Max would like to fight for the belt out of Edgar, Aldo and McGregor

“We’ll see what happens, and first things first, is Ricardo Lamas. And all three of those fights get me excited. Anyone of them. They’re all great. The three of them are great guys, they’re all [at the] top of their division for a reason and that’s why I want to prove myself against them. We can go do that rematch with Conor. You know, I thought I was gonna get Aldo, cause a lot of people wanted to see that happen. And then there’s something there with Hawaiians and Frankie. So all three of the match-ups are interesting and my head is focused on Ricardo right now. I gotta get the job done June 4th and then we start thinking ahead.”

On Lamas believing his superior wrestling is the key to beating Holloway much like Bermudez’s win over him

“If this guy is coming into the fight thinking he’s going to out wrestle me, you better go think again. We’ve got some surprises for Ricardo. I can’t wait. I’m already in his mind, you know, he can talk about it. His last couple of fights, he’s been trying to strike with everyone and now he’s trying to go back to his wrestling base. So we’ll see what happens. I’m out here, I’m gonna do what Max Holloway does best.”

Why Max believes he us in Lamas’ head

“His last couple of fights, if you watch all his fights, he don’t wrestle nobody. He thinks he’s a striker guy. You know, you got Aldo – he struck with Aldo almost the whole time in that fight. So for him to start thinking about focusing on his wrestling for me, it’s kind of [like he’s] doubting himself already. So that’s opening the door for more doubt and more doubt. So I’m looking even more forward to June 4th now [after] hearing this stuff. I just can’t wait, you know. We’ll see what it is. Max Holloway, I get ready for fights. You know, I get ready for everything – wrestling, Jiu Jitsu, striking. Whatever it is, we get ready and that’s what happened.”

On Ricardo saying that he can stand and trade with Max on the feet

“Hey, great for him. I’m a big guy – and that’s what I said, the question before this – I’m a big guy in self-belief. If you don’t have self-belief in this game and you don’t believe in your skillset, then you’ll never go very far. So, you know, great for him, and we’ll see when it comes to June 4th. I can’t wait. I can’t wait to go out there and just show my aspects of my game as a mixed martial artist.”

Prediction

“Max Holloway going out there, doing his thing, doing some cool shit and getting my hand raised after whatever rounds it is, I don’t care. I’m going out there – let him choose when he wants out. And when it’s all said and done, [I’m] getting my hand raised, raising that Hawaiian flag and going on from there.”

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Michael Bisping joined “Inside the Octagon” for a 15-minute interview recently, discussing his UFC 199 middleweight title fight with Luke Rockhold.

Hear from “The Count” in the video below:

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Decisions were the theme of UFC Fight Night 88 Sunday night, as the Octagon set up shop for a special Memorial Day Weekend card in Las Vegas.

After seven consecutive decisions, Cody Garbrandt sent fans home early and happy in the U.S., knocking out Thomas Almeida in a meeting of unbeaten bantamweights.

Garbrandt, who trains out of Team Alpha Male, landed early on the Brazilian and continued to apply pressure. As the first round started to wind down, he again found a home with his right, dropping Almeida to the canvas.

Jeremy Stephens earned his 12th Octagon victory, defeating former UFC bantamweight champion Renan Barao in Barao’s debut at featherweight. As he always does, Stephens was game throughout, landing with heavy strikes in the second and third rounds to gain the decision.

Veteran Rick Story returned from a 600-plus day layoff to best former Strikeforce champion Tarec Saffiedine. Story, who holds a win over former UFC champion Johny Hendricks, doubled up Saffiedine in total strikes.

Chris Camozzi scored a third consecutive victory, besting Vitor Miranda. Camozzi has gone 3-1 since returning in 2015 to the UFC, falling only to Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza.

Once more, Jorge Masvidal was on the wrong end of a split decision, falling to Lorenz Larkin. Masvidal has now dropped three of his last four, with all three being split decisions. For Larkin, the win was his third in his last four.

Paul Felder began the main card with a decision victory over Josh Burkman. Felder defended several takedowns and controlled the latter stages of the contest, earning his second straight win after tough back-to-back defeats.

Former U.S. Olympic silver medalist Sara McMann likely kept her spot on the roster with a decision win over Jessica Eye. McMann used her wrestling skills to control the action, as Eye attempted just 20 total strikes through the first two rounds.

Abel Trujillo made a lifestyle change, becoming a vegan ahead of his bout with Jordan Rinaldi. It showed, as “Killa” had more energy in the third round and earned a decision win over the debuting Rinaldi, who replaced Carlos Diego Ferreira on short notice.

It was a memorable evening for Jake Collier, as he handed Alberto Uda his first pro loss with a perfectly-timed spinning attack. Collier connected in the second, picking up his 10th win.

Erik Koch earned a submission win in the televised opener, defeating Shane Campbell. Koch locked up a quick rear-naked choke to get the finish in the second round, improving to 15-5 in his career.

In the featured UFC Fight Pass bout, Bryan Caraway handed Aljamain Sterling his first pro loss, earning a split decision. Caraway, with girlfriend and UFC female bantamweight champion Miesha Tate in his corner, stormed back after a tough first round to control the second two and earn the win.

UFC newcomer Adam Milstead kept his finish streak intact, scoring a second round TKO over Chris De La Rocha to begin the night. Milstead improved to 8-1 in his career, with six of them being knockout wins.

Stephens and Barao were named “Fight of the Night,” while Garbrandt and Collier each picked up “Performance of the Night” bonuses. All four earned an additional $50,000.

Attendance inside Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas was announced at 5,193 with a live gate of $359,000.

Complete results can be found below:

Cody Garbrandt def. Thomas Almeida via KO (strike) at 2:53 of Round 1

Jeremy Stephens def. Renan Barao via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Rick Story def. Tarec Saffiedine via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)

Chris Camozzi def. Vitor Miranda via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Lorenz Larkin def. Jorge Masvidal via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

Paul Felder def. Josh Burkman via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Sara McMann def. Jessica Eye via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Abel Trujillo def. Jordan Rinaldi via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Jake Collier def. Alberto Uda via KO (spinning back-kick) at 1:06 of Round 2

Erik Koch def. Shane Campbell via submission (rear-naked choke) at 3:02 of Round 2

Bryan Caraway def. Aljamain Sterling via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

Adam Milstead def. Chris De La Rocha via TKO (strikes) at 4:01 of Round 2

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In the same video, which you can see below, check out fight primers featuring Aljamain Sterling and Bryan Caraway.

The two collide Sunday night in the UFC Fight Pass main event of UFC Fight Night 88 from Las Vegas.

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