in their UFC middleweight championship bout during the UFC 199 event at The Forum on June 4, 2016 in Inglewood, California.

Inglewood, California. — UFC 199 the stage was set, the lights were bright and everyone was watching as Michael ” The Count” Bisping would go on to shock the world! The 37-year old Brit went out and pulled off one of the biggest upsets, knocking out Luke Rockhold in the first round, making history by becoming the first ever British champion in the UFC.

Joe Rogan said it best last night, seconds after Bisping’s victory KO, telling the audience that this is why MMA is a crazy sport, and rightfully so. Nothing in the world of MMA is guaranteed, but watching the UFC is like watching Game of Thrones. You never know which star is going to get killed off. Looking back at Holm vs Rousey, or Diaz vs McGregor those are perfect examples, because the majority of fans didn’t see those upsets coming. For the last 10 years, Bisping’s career reminded me of the Cleveland Cavaliers of the NBA, or perhaps the Cincinatti Bengals of the NFL. Both teams are always doing superb in the regular season to get near a championship, but could never seem to get over the hump. Bisping for the most part has been floating around the top five of the division, and constantly found himself in fights where all he had to do was win to compete for a championship, but came up short repeatedly.

Bisping lost every NO. 1 contender fight he was in. Wether it was against Vitor BelfortChael Sonnen which was a close fight, or most recently back in 2014 against Luke Rockhold where he would go on to get choked-out by the former champ. It seemed like more than likely his window of opportunity to become a champion in the UFC was fading, but Bisping continued to believe in himself and fight when fans, media and other fighters were giving up on him.

Although last night we’ve witnessed one of the greatest Cinderella stories ever, UFC middleweight Champion Michael Bisping didn’t always find himself on the side of getting cheered for. Over the years he would go onto become one of the most hated fighters in the UFC, and MMA in general. Most of us began to feel that way after we were exposed to a healthy amount of his personality during his time on The Ultimate Fighter season 3. Up until this years fights with Anderson Silva, and Rockhold my favorite fight featuring Bisping was at UFC 100 against Dan Henderson, and if you follow the UFC regularly you would know that’s a fight Bisping would love to erase.

I have to give respect when it’s due. Since April of last year he’s been on a 3-fight win streak his longest since 2011,to get up to this point starting with CB Dolloway. Earlier in the year he landed himself in another big time fight against Anderson Silva. Just like last night Bisping would go into that fight as the underdog. After a 5-round fight that seemed likely to favor Silva, Bisping had pulled off another upset shocking the world, and that still wasn’t enough to land him a title shot. It wasn’t until May 18th that we found out “The Count” would be replacing Chris Weidman for the main event of UFC 199, and in the fight that took him 10 years to get to, he dominated the fight to become the champ in under five minutes.

Nobody believed in Bisping more than himself. On paper he shouldn’t have won the fight, especially on 17-days notice. On betting odds majority of the people were betting against Bisping, and to most fans Bisping was on the wrong side of 30, and they wondered how he would fare against a much more crisp Rockhold since their first bout in 2014. This is why we love mma, and a good underdog story overall. Regardless if Bisping goes on to become one of the greatest middleweight champions, or losing his title in his next bout, you can’t make up a better story than Bisping’s journey that it took him to get here, and that’s why we love it, and we’ll continue watching. Congrats champ.

 

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