UFC Fight Night: Rockhold vs. Bisping
|UFC Fight Night: Rockhold vs. Bisping|
The poster for UFC Fight Night: Rockhold vs. Bisping.
|Promotion||Ultimate Fighting Championship|
|Date||November 8, 2014|
|Total gate||$1.5 million|
This event was the fourth event that the UFC hosted in Sydney and the sixth event to take place in Australia. The last time the UFC was in Sydney was for UFC on FX: Alves vs. Kampmann on March 3, 2012.
Ray Borg was expected to face Richie Vaculik at this event. However, Borg was forced to pull out of the event due to injury and was replaced by Neil Seery. Subsequently, Seery pulled out of that bout as well and was replaced by Louis Smolka.
Aljamain Sterling was expected to face Frankie Saenz, though Saenz was forced to withdraw from the bout. Promotional newcomer Michael Imperato was briefly linked as a replacement. However, his signing was quickly rescinded and as a result, Sterling was pulled from the event altogether.
|Fight card (UFC Fight Pass)|
|Middleweight||Luke Rockhold||def.||Michael Bisping||Submission (guillotine choke)||2||0:57|
|Lightweight||Al Iaquinta||def.||Ross Pearson||TKO (punches)||2||1:39|
|Middleweight||Robert Whittaker||def.||Clint Hester||TKO (knee and punches)||2||2:43|
|Heavyweight||Soa Palelei||def.||Walt Harris||TKO (punches)||2||4:49|
|Preliminary card (UFC Fight Pass)|
|Lightweight||Jake Matthews||def.||Vagner Rocha||Technical Submission (rear-naked choke)||2||1:52|
|Light Heavyweight||Anthony Perosh||def.||Guto Inocente||Submission (rear-naked choke)||1||3:46|
|Middleweight||Sam Alvey||def.||Dylan Andrews||KO (punches)||1||2:16|
|Flyweight||Louis Smolka||def.||Richie Vaculik||TKO (side kick and punches)||3||0:18||[a]|
|Welterweight||Chris Clements||def.||Vik Grujic||TKO (punches)||1||3:06|
|Middleweight||Dan Kelly||def.||Luke Zachrich||Submission (kimura)||1||4:27|
|Bantamweight||Marcus Brimage||def.||Jumabieke Tuerxun||KO (head kick)||1||2:58|
- Smolka did not make the 126 pound flyweight limit, weighing in at 127 pounds.
The following fighters were awarded $50,000 bonuses:
- Fight of the Night: Robert Whittaker vs. Clint Hester
- Performance of the Night: Luke Rockhold and Louis Smolka
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- Neil Rooke (2014-10-19). "Walt Harris Replaces Daniel Omielanczuk, Faces Soa Palelei at UFC Fight Night 55 in Sydney". combatpress.com.
- Keith Grienke (2014-10-26). "UFC rescinds offer to Michael Imperato". topmmanews.com.
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