It took Michael Bisping almost ten years to become champion, but when he did, it was something out of a movie.
“The Count” worked his way through the UFC middleweight rankings for years, finding himself just on the outside of title contention on multiple occasions. In 2016, he finally got his chance to compete for the belt when he took on Luke Rockhold on short notice after an injury to Chris Weidman.
Rockhold already held a dominant submission win over Bisping entering UFC 199, but Bisping would even the score in spectacular fashion. Bisping knocked Rockhold out in the first round and finally secured UFC gold. It was truly the performance of a lifetime for one of the UFC’s most beloved fighters.