After The Crossfire – UFC Fight Night 55: Rockhold vs Bisping

Luke Rockhold secured a second round guillotine submission victory over Michael Bisping in a somewhat chippy main event at UFC Fight Night 55.

The evening featured a record eleven finishes in eleven fights.

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UFC Fight Night 55

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MMA Crossfire Expert Cassie Wiseman is away, so Kenai Andrews fills in to share his thoughts on the main event matchups.

“THE HULK” SOA PALELEI VS WALT “THE BIG TICKET” HARRIS

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Soa Palelei of Australia punches Walt Harris of the United States in their heavyweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event inside Allphones Arena on November 8, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: SOA PALELEI VIA TKO

WINNER: SOA PALELI VIA TKO

Andrews: Just a hard fought battle Harris gave Palelei all he could handle. But then The Hulk turned green. A good win.

ROBERT WHITTAKER VS CLINT “HEADBUSSA” HESTER

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Clint Hester of the United States punches Robert Whittaker of New Zealand in their middleweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event inside Allphones Arena on November 8, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: ROBERT WHITTAKER VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION

WINNER: ROBERT WHITTAKER VIA TKO

Andrews: Whittaker was too accurate and technical for Hester, who landed his shots, but weren’t enough. On the other side, I thought Whittaker would pile up the points, but he did much more than that, using the knees to close the deal. Great performance by Whittaker.

ROSS “REAL DEAL” PEARSONĀ  VS AL “RAGING BULL” IAQUINTA

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Al Iaquinta of the United States celebrates after his TKO victory over Ross Pearson of England in their lightweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event inside Allphones Arena on November 8, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: ROSS PEARSON VIA TKO

WINNER: AL IAQUINTA VIA TKO

Andrews: Iaquinta got to Pearson before Pearson got to him. Great counter with the right hand after blocking the headkick. Iaquinta had some hard luck in his last couple of fights. This is what happens when you refuse to let those things affect your confidence. Good win.

MAIN EVENT

#5 LUKE ROCKHOLD VS #9 MICHAEL “THE COUNT” BISPING

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Luke Rockhold of the United States kicks Michael Bisping of England in their middleweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event inside Allphones Arena on November 8, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images

ANDREWS PREDICTION: LUKE ROCKHOLD VIA TKO

WINNER: LUKE ROCKHOLD VIA SUBMISSION

Andrews: Bisping valiantly tried to keep Rockhold at bay with the jab, footwork and his kicks, but it felt like holding water in your hands. Rockhold eventually found the opening, landed the headkick and finished on the ground for the tap. Hard luck to Bisping, who loses again at a most inopportune time, but a good win for Luke.

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Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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