UFC Fight Night 55 full card preview

UFC Fight Night 55 – Rockhold vs Bisping is a card stacked full of local Australian talent and competive match-ups. The fight card features 6 former Australian Fighting Championship (AFC) fighters and 11 TUF alum.

All fighters officially weighed in at Allphones Arena, Sydney. Louis Smolka and Vik Grujic were clear at the second attempt.  There remains confusion because fighters weights were listed in kilograms and according to Richie Vaculiks cornerman Trekko Magalhaes the conversion was incorrect in the case of 126 lbs the flyweight limit. Trekko claims Smolka still missed weight.

The main-event features two world-class middleweights: Luke Rockhold and Michael Bisping. At 30 years old, Californian Luke Rockhold (12-2) is poised to make a run at the UFC middleweight crown and in front of him is a man who has been tagged as the ‘gatekeeper’ at 185lbs. Michael Bisping (25-6) needs a touchstone victory in his 22nd fight inside the Octagon to stop a win/loss trend. At 35, the Manchester fighter has flown the flag for Britain in the UFC since 2006, however if ‘The Count’ is counting down to retirement he isn’t showing signs of slowing down yet. In 2014, for only the third time in his UFC tenure, Bisping will fight 3 times in a calender year. His 2013 campagin was derailed by a potentailly career ending retinal detachment. For Bisping to beat Rockhold, it will likely be via decision, as the Brit continues to show endurance and tenacity in spades without serious knockout power. Luke Rockhold has had to rebound back from an inauspicious start in the UFC against Vitor Belfort. Since that aberration, Rockhold has finished 2 fights in style and managed to showcase his elite striking, wrestling and jiu-jitsu. UFC-Rockhold-vs-Bisping-Poster The co-main is a lightweight fight with seasoned veteran and TUF winner Ross Pearson making his third trip to Australia to face TUF alum Al Iaquinta.

 Main Card

Michael Bisping  vs. Luke Rockhold

Al Iaquinta vs Ross Pearson

Clint Hester vs. Robert Whittaker

Walt Harris vs. Soa Palelei

Prelims

Vagner Rocha vs. Jake Matthews

Guto Inocente vs. Anthony Perosh

Sam Alvey vs. Dylan Andrews

Louis Smolka vs. Richie Vaculik

Chris Clements vs. Vik Grujic

Daniel Kelly vs. Luke Zachrich

Marcus Brimage vs. Jumabieke Tuerxun

UFC Fight Night 55 is scheduled for November 8 (local time), from Allphones Arena, Sydney.

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Author:Michael Job

Australasian MMA

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