For the first time ever Saturday, the Octagon touched down in Scotland for UFC Fight Night 72.
In the main event, middleweights Michael Bisping and Thales Leites went the full 25 minutes, as Bisping pulled out the split decision. The crowd inside The SSE Hydro greeted the two with thunderous applause throughout, as both men left with battle scars.
Evan Dunham effectively out-wrestled Ross Pearson, scoring a decision in the co-main event. Dunham earned his second straight win after losing three in a row. The win was his ninth inside the Octagon.
Ireland’s Joe Duffy, who was the last person to best interim UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor, added to his UFC debut knockout with a first round submission win over Ivan Jorge. As the Brazilian scored a takedown, Duffy locked up a triangle and forced the tap quickly there after.
Female strawweight contender Joanne Calderwood got back in the win column, claiming a decision over Cortney Casey. Calderwood, who suffered her first career loss earlier this year, and Casey put on a show for the fans, who met them with thunderous applause after the 15-minute battle.
Leon Edwards picked up a decision over Pawel Pawlak, using his kicks and wrestling to claim the victory. In the third, Edwards connected with a perfect head kick, but Pawlak survived and forced the result to the scorecards.
Steven Ray delighted the Scottish fans with a thrilling first round knockout of Leonardo Mafra. The win was the second finish inside the Octagon for Ray, who has ended 14 of his pro fights early.
Ireland’s Paddy Holohan ended the prelims with a decision victory over Vaughan Lee. Holohan controlled much of the contest, scoring his 12th career win and second straight with the UFC.
Ilir Latifi left his mark on Hans Stringer, as the Swede delivered a straight right that knocked him out in the opening round. Mickael Lebout withstood a gritty effort from Teemu Packalen, earning a decision in the first fight to go to the scorecards of the day.
Robert Whiteford gave the fans something to cheer about early on, knocking out Paul Redmond. After Whiteford finished the bout, he sprinted up and over the Octagon, embracing with his supporters cageside.
Jimmie Rivera earned his third straight finish, but this one was the biggest, as he stopped Marcus Brimage in his UFC debut. Rivera, who hasn’t lost since 2008, landed a flush shot in making a perfect splash in the promotion.
Daniel Omielanczuk made history, earning the first Octagon victory in Scotland with a first round finish of Chris De La Rocha. The heavyweight stunned him early, dropping De La Rocha with nasty shots to the face and body.
Picking up $50,000 in bonus money were Ray and Duffy for “Performance of the Night” honors and Calderwood and Casey for “Fight of the Night.” The attendance was announced at 10,451 with a live gate of $1.5 million.
Complete results can be found below, and for full play-by-play, check out FightLine’s live coverage:
Michael Bisping def. Thales Leites via split decision (47-48, 49-46, 48-47)
Evan Dunham def. Ross Pearson via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Joseph Duffy def. Ivan Jorge via submission (triangle choke) at 3:05 of Round 1
Joanne Calderwood def. Cortney Casey via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 30-27)
Leon Edwards def. Pawel Pawlak via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Steven Ray def. Leonardo Mafra via TKO (strikes) at 2:30 of Round 1
Paddy Holohan def. Vaughan Lee via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Ilir Latifi def. Hans Stringer via KO (strike) at :56 of Round 1
Mickael Lebout def. Teemu Packalen via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
Robert Whiteford def. Paul Redmond via TKO (strikes) at 3:04 of Round 1
Jimmie Rivera def. Marcus Brimage via TKO (strikes) at 1:29 of Round 1
Daniel Omielanczuk def. Chris De La Rocha via TKO (strikes) at :48 of Round 1