The UFC raised its octagon in England this Saturday, providing a stage for a good number of the United Kingdom’s fighters. However, the 120th installment of the event didn’t prove to be the best for the hometown, with its representatives suffering a lot of losses. On the live broadcast, though, Michael Bisping saved the day, in the main event of the evening.
Indeed, there was no lack of action in the last fight on the card. Bisping and Japan’s Yoshihiro Akiyama’s encounter played out mostly on the feet. The Englishman got the best of the three-round affair, but Akiyama would not yield. In the final round, Bisping again landed with heavy shots and mixed in some high kicks. Akiyama tried to respond in kind and went all or nothing in the waning moments. But it was too little too late, and the hometown hero took the fight by unanimous decision.
Another hometown boy, James Wilks, lost for the second time in the organization, to Claude Patrick. The loss came by way of unanimous decision. After a draw between France’s Cheick Kongo and the USA’s Travis Browne, it was Mike Pyle’s turn to rain on the local fans’ parade, beating the until-then unbeaten John Hathaway, who amassed thirteen wins before the setback.
When he faced Georges St.-Pierre for the belt back in March, Dan Hardy wriggled out of the champion’s submission holds. This time around, though, in the co-main event, he couldn’t get around the knockout he suffered at the hands of Carlos Condit, losing in the first round.
Besides Michael Bisping, another English win was provided by Rob Broughton over Brazil’s Vinicius “Spartan”. Check out the coverage here.
Check out the complete results:
October 16, 2010
Michael Bisping defeated Yoshihiro Akiyama via unanimous decision
Carlos Condit defeated Dan Hardy via KO at 4:27 min of R1
Mike Pyle defeated John Hathaway via unanimous decision
Travis Browne fought Cheick Kongo to a draw
Claude Patrick defeated James Wilks via unanimous deicision
Alexander Gustaffson defeated Cyrille Diabete via rear-naked choke at 2:41 min of R2
Rob Broughton defeated Vinicius “Spartan” Queiroz via rear-naked choke at 1:43 min of R3
Paul Sass defeated Mark Holst via triangle at 4:45 min of R1
Spencer Fisher defeated Kurt Warburton via unanimous decision
Fábio Maldonado defeated James McSweeney via TKO at 0.48 min of R3