What an incredible night to be a fight fan. UFC 199 was a great night of fights.
The main card was unbelievable. Dustin Poirier started things off with a devastating knockout of Bobby Green. Green repeatedly waved Poirier in throughout the fight eventually paying for it. Poirier closed in on Green and gave him everything he was looking for. He landed heavy, flush punches scoring the first round knockout.
Jesus, Dan Henderson and Hector Lombard went to war. Both fighters found themselves hurt and almost finished in the first round. Henderson struck first cracking Lombard square. He moved in for the kill, but left his guard down and found himself rocked by a strong shot from Lombard. Henderson spent the rest of the round in survival mode. Early in the second round Henderson caught Lombard with a head-kick, followed by an awkward back elbow that dropped Lombard. Henderson threw in a couple brutal elbows for good measure leaving Lombard stiff.
Max Holloway and Ricardo Lamas had a great fight. It went pretty much how most people thought it would. Holloway was able to stay at a safe distance and pick Lamas apart with superior technique and 0 use of distance. Things got a crazy when both fighters decided to throw caution to the wind with about 20 seconds left and exchange absolute bombs in the middle of the cage. There are very few fighters in the position of Max Holloway who would have made such a fan pleasing but reckless decision. Holloway cemented himself as my new favourite fighter in the UFC.
Dominic Cruz and Urijah Faber settled their decade long rivalry with the long awaited rubber match. It was just like every other Cruz fight, Faber looked frustrated from his inability to find Cruz’s chin with anything significant. Cruz was able to rock Faber on a few occasions on his way to a unanimous decision victory. Post-fight Faber classy as always shared a bit of shine with teammate Cody Garbrandt and with Cruz taking the bait and addressing Garbrandt at the post-fight presser a fight between the Alpha Male standout seems like it will happen sooner rather than later.
Michael Bisping shocked the world when he not only beat Luke Rockhold, but knocked him cold. I don’t think there were many people, myself and his own children included who gave Bisping much of a chance. Rockhold came into the fight far too arrogant and paid the price. He seemed nonchalant the from the bell and after over committing on a right jab Bisping was able to slip it and smoke Rockhold with a counter left hand followed up by a few more clean shots that left Rockhold unconscious against the cage. It took Bisping 10 years to get his title fight but he definitely made the most of it. I am personally not a huge Bisping fan, but it was nice to see him holding the middleweight belt.