UFC 120 “Bisping vs. Akiyama” took place earlier today at the O2 Arena in London, England.
In the main event, Michael Bisping faced off against Yoshihiro Akiyama in a middleweight bout.
In the co-main event, Dan Hardy and Carlos Condit met in a welterweight match-up.
John Hathaway took on Mike Pyle in a welterweight bout.
Travis Browne looked to remain undefeated against Cheick Kongo.
Alexander Gustafsson took on Cyrille Diabate in a light heavyweight match-up.
Results, thoughts, bonuses and live gate (when available) after the jump.
- Michael Bisping defeats Yoshihiro Akiyama via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Carlos Condit defeats Dan Hardy via Knockout in Round One
- Mike Pyle defeats John Hathaway via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Travis Browne vs. Cheick Kongo ruled a Draw (28-28, 28-28, 28-28)
- Alexander Gustafsson defeats Cyrille Diabate via Submission (Guillotine Choke) in Round Two
- Claude Patrick defeats James Wilks via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Rob Broughton defeats Vinicius Quieroz via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) in Round Three
- Paul Sass defeats Mark Holst via Submission (Triangle Choke) in Round One
- Spencer Fisher defeats Kurt Warburton via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
- Fabio Maldonado defeats James McSweeney via TKO (Strikes) in Round Three
Recap & Thoughts
Alexander Gustafsson vs. Cyrille Diabate: Alexander Gustafsson was the aggressor in this fight and it paid off in spades. He dropped Cyrille Diabate twice in the first round. Despite Gustafsson’s best efforts to finish him, Diabate somehow survived and made it through the round. Unfortunately for Diabate didn’t have much left for the second. Gustafsson took mount and after three tries, finished a spent Diabate with a rear-naked choke. Another impressive performance from Alexander Gustafsson.
Travis Browne vs. Cheick Kongo: In theory, a technical striker should be able to pick apart someone just winging wild punches and kicks. That wasn’t really the case tonight though with Cheick Kongo and Travis Browne. Browne came out guns a blazing throwing some of the wildest haymakers you’ll ever see in the Octagon. It left openings a seasoned striker like Kongo should have been able to capitalize on, but that’s not how it went down. Instead, Browne actually landed some of his big power shots in the first round, two of which staggered Kongo. For whatever reason, Kongo seemed hesitant to let his hands go, and beginning in the second, he decided to employ a similar gameplan to the one he used against Mirko Cro Cop — put Browne up against the fence and wear down his legs with knee strikes from the clinch. Heck, one even missed and hit Browne in the nuts. It was enough to earn Kongo the second round, but it was what happened in the third that decided the outcome of the fight. Kongo once again put Browne against the fence but kept grabbing his shorts, a rules violation. Referee Marc Goddard noticed it, warned Kongo, but he didn’t stop. Goddard then took it a step further, stopped the fight and deducted a point. It didn’t do much because Kongo continued to grab his shorts, but it made all the difference on the judges’ scorecards. They awarded the third round to Kongo, but because of the point deduction the fight was ruled a 28-28 draw. Kongo would have won if could have kept his hands off Browne’s shorts.
John Hathaway vs. Mike Pyle: The John Hathaway who beat Diego Sanchez was not the John Hathaway we saw tonight against Mike Pyle. Pyle essentially outworked Hathaway over the course of three rounds. Pyle’ biggest moment of the fight came at the end of the second round when he trapped Hathaway in a mounted triangle/crucifix. Hathaway was clearly in trouble, but Pyle wasn’t able to finish him before the round ended. Other than that, Pyle’s performance wasn’t particularly exciting, but it was extremely effective as he handed Hathaway his first loss.
Dan Hardy vs. Carlos Condit: If you were hoping for a war between Dan Hardy and Carlos Condit like I was, well , it didn’t quite last long enough for that. Hardy and Condit spent the first couple minutes of the fight trading leg kicks, but once they settled in and found their range, the big leather started flying. Moments later, Condit and Hardy threw simultaneous left hooks, and BOOM, Condit’s landed a split second sooner right on Hardy’s jawline. Hardy crumpled to the mat and Condit followed it up with a pair of big punches putting Hardy’s lights out. A very unexpected, but killer knockout from the “Natural Born Killer.”
Michael Bisping vs. Yoshihiro Akiyama: The UK fans got what they paid for in the main event. Hometown hero Michael Bisping and Yoshihiro Akiyama delivered with a fun scrap. By now we know what to expect from Michael Bisping, and he didn’t change it up tonight. He stayed extremely active over the course of all three rounds moving in and out, scoring points with punch and kick combinations. Akiyama started strong and even tagged Bisping pretty hard with the first punch he threw but he just couldn’t keep up with the pace Bisping set as the fight wore on. Akiyama got in his licks, but it wasn’t enough to sway any of the judges. Michael Bisping got the unanimous decision and the cheers from the UK fanbase.
Submission of the Night: Paul Sass
Knockout of the Night: Carlos Condit
Fight of the Night: Michael Bisping vs. Yoshihiro Akiyama
Live Gate & Attendance
Live gate: £1.6 million (approximately $2.34 million)
Attendance: 17,133 (European attendance record)
Bonus and gate info via MMA Junkie