The sold-out O-2 Arena in London, England watched its favorite son nab the twentieth victory of his career as Michael “The Count” Bisping defeated Yoshihiro Akiyama via unanimous decision Saturday night in the main event of UFC 120.
The fight began with Akiyama scoring with a stiff right hand despite the fact that Bisping is considered to be one of the fastest starters in the division. The British superstar momentarily stumbled, but he recovered quickly and assumed the center of the cage. The two fighters exchanged barbs with limited success and the striking stalemate was broken suddenly by a slamming takedown by Bisping. Akiyama, who was a standout in competitive judo before venturing into MMA, regained his footing quickly and looked to strike. As round one came to a close, Bisping’s trademark volume of striking, including a swift flying knee, was beginning to take its toll of the Japanese superstar . . . Click here for more