The popular English middleweight Michael Bisping headlines this event against Brazil's Thales Leites in a five-round affair. In the co-main, Ross Pearson battles Evan Dunham in the lightweight division.
This is one of those weird fights where I don't feel like there's a good, concrete prediction to be made. Leites is a few years younger than Bisping, but he's actually been fighting longer. While he's looked better lately, I'm not particularly sure that that's not just because Bisping is fighting and losing to better competition.
Eventually, my question becomes: Can Leites squeak out a decision going the Kennedy/Sonnen route, or is he dynamic enough to pull a Rockhold? Frankly, I'm not convinced of any of those things. Bisping is super hard to submit and for as often as he gets hurt in fights, it's really only guys with facemelting power that have put him away. Leites will have to be super consistent everywhere to win and well... I'm picking Michael Bisping by decision, especially over 5 rounds.
Early Fight Results:
Middleweight Michael Bisping vs. Thales Leites
Lightweight Evan Dunham def. Ross Pearson Decision (unanimous) (30-27, 30-27, 29-28) 3 5:00
Lightweight Joseph Duffy def. Ivan Jorge Submission (triangle choke) 1 3:05
Women's Strawweight Joanne Calderwood def. Cortney Casey Decision (unanimous) (30-27, 29-28, 30-27) 3 5:00
Welterweight Leon Edwards def. Pawel Pawlak Decision (unanimous) (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) 3 5:00
Lightweight Stevie Ray def. Leonardo Mafra TKO (punches) 1 2:30
Preliminary Card (Fox Sports 1)
Flyweight Paddy Holohan def. Vaughan Lee Decision (unanimous) (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) 3 5:00
Light Heavyweight Ilir Latifi def. Hans Stringer KO (punches) 1 0:56
Lightweight Mickael Lebout def. Teemu Packalén Decision (unanimous) (29-28, 29-28, 30-27) 3 5:00
Featherweight Rob Whiteford def. Paul Redmond KO (punches) 1 3:04
Preliminary Card (UFC Fight Pass)
Bantamweight Jimmie Rivera def. Marcus Brimage TKO (punches) 1 1:29
Heavyweight Daniel Omielańczuk def. Chris De La Rocha TKO (punches)
This is all about the Bisping vs. Leites UFC Fight Night - July 19, 2015.
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