UFC 199: ROCKHOLD vs. BISPING II PREVIEW

Will Luke Rockhold have a repeat victory from UFC Fight Night 55? Or will Michael Bisping get his awaited revenge at UFC 199? We'll know the answer this weekend.
Will Luke Rockhold have a repeat victory from UFC Fight Night 55? Or will Michael Bisping get his awaited revenge at UFC 199? We’ll know the answer this weekend.

By Kyler Kuehler

(C) LUKE ROCKHOLD (15-2-0) vs. #4 MICHAEL “THE COUNT” BISPING (29-7-0)
This is a five round fight for the UFC Middleweight Championship. This will be a rematch between two fighters that previously fought at UFC Fight Night 55 where Luke Rockhold walked away victorious with a submission win via guillotine choke. Rockhold brings kickboxing, jiu-jitsu and wrestling that has lead him to becoming a well-rounded submission specialist as well as the current Middleweight Champion. Bisping brings boxing, kickboxing, jiu-jitsu and wrestling that has made him well-rounded on both his feet and the ground. With this being a rematch the fight will most likely be in the favor of the victor in the last fight. Rockhold has a great takedown defense, and that will most likely be his key to success as he will want to keep the fight on their feet where he could use his on spot striking techniques and put more pressure on Bisping. However, Bisping has impressive striking of his own as we have seen time and time again where he has used it to do some serious damage to his opponents and even knockout his opponents out cold, which he has 15 victories by knockout. Though anything can happen in the UFC and fans might get to see Rockhold retain the title against one of the greatest middleweights ever or Bisping could just upset the world once again and claim the gold that he has be desperately fighting to have around his waist and thus prove to the world why he is the greatest fighter to ever compete inside the octagon. My prediction: Rockhold wins via TKO in Round 1.

(C) DOMINICK “THE DOMINATOR” CRUZ (21-1-0) vs. #3 URIJAH “THE CALIFORNIA KID” FABER (33-8-0)
This is a five round fight for the UFC Bantamweight Championship. In this fight are two fighters that have previously met twice with a victory each. This third time to scrap will decide who is the better of the two. Cruz brings striking power, jiu-jitsu and wrestling that has lead him to a near perfect MMA record as well as being a two time UFC Bantamweight Champion and current champion. Faber brings boxing, jiu-jitsu and wrestling that has made him one of the most well-rounded submission specialist in the sport of MMA as well as being a former WEC Featherweight Champion. With both fighters being well-rounded in their skills set and having victories over each other, it looks like the fight is pretty even. However, what will be different about this fight compared to the previous two is who has improved on their techniques the most. Currently that looks to favor Cruz with his impressive takedown setups and aggressive striking combination that has been proven to be extremely effective in all of his fights and was even a great advantage for him in his second fight against Faber where he won via unanimous decision. Though, unlike Cruz, Faber has remained in action over the past four and a half years where he has had more chances to improve on his techniques where Cruz has only fought twice in that time span, which might leave him still a little off-kilter. Though Cruz showed a great performance against T.J. Dillashaw by being the first person to ever take Dillashaw to the ground making it seem more like he still has his game and looks to continue his domination of the Bantamweight division. If Faber could turn the fight into a grappling match then he would have the chance he needs to defeat Cruz and finally win what he has been longing to gain since he entered in the octagon of the UFC as he is the only fighter to ever defeat Cruz and there is no question that he could very well do it again. My prediction: Cruz wins via TKO in Round 2.

#4 MAX “BLESSED” HOLLOWAY (15-3-0) vs. #5 RICARDO “THE BULLY” LAMAS (15-4-0)
This is a three round fight in the featherweight division. In this fight are two fighters looking to make a big statement that will hopefully land them in line for the next crack at the belt. Holloway brings striking, kickboxing and jiu-jitsu that has lead him to a near perfect record as well as being efficient in striking and cardio. Lamas brings jiu-jitsu and wrestling that has made him well-rounded as well as being equipped with striking and grappling techniques. Since both fighters are well equipped in both striking and grappling the fight will come down to who has the better combination, which in that case goes to Holloway all for his ability to place pressure on his opponents and keep them at bay while he tries to figure out a way to finish them. Though Lamas has some great skills of his own and he could surprise many people with his wrestling and jiu-jitsu to match Holloway’s ground game and thus earn him a big win under his belt. However, he will have to keep his distance from Holloway to do so because Holloway does not look to show any signs of giving Lamas a chance as he looks to continue his current winning streak that he looks to earn him into a title contender’s shot. My prediction: Holloway wins via knockout in round 2.