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Bisping outpoints Akiyama in UFC 120 headliner
Posted on Sat, Oct 16, 2010 at 4:49 pm
by IDMA Editor

Michael "The Count" Bisping stayed on his feet and connected more often with his hands to beat Yoshihiro "Sexyama" Akiyama and send the crowd home happy.

Photo of Michael Bisping and Yoshihiro Akiyama by Zuffa via Getty Images

British fighter Bisping took a unanimous 30-27 decision over Akiyama Saturday in the main event of UFC 120 (8 p.m. ET, tape-delayed broadcast on Spike TV) in London. Bisping (20-3) has won his last two bouts, and three of his last four.

Akiyama (13-3, 2 no contests) had never suffered consecutive losses until now. Chris Leben defeated him at UFC 116 in July.

The Japanese star rocked his opponent early in the first round and had him retreating, but Bisping stayed calm and continued a pattern of circling and pausing just long enough to deliver combinations of jabs and straight punches. Akiyama by the second round was chasing Bisping around the cage to hunt for a knockout blow, but he had difficulty landing more than the occasional right hook.

Meanwhile, Bisping tagged Akiyama frequently in the last two rounds with combinations. Akiyama became increasingly desperate with his punches, but other than a brief flurry near the end of the fight, he had a hard time catching up to Bisping.

UFC awarded Bisping and Akiyama $50,000 "Fight of the Night" bonuses, the third time in as many bouts that Akiyama has received the honor.

Bisping is no stranger to it either. Of his five UFC bouts in England, three were named "Fight of the Night" afterward.

His victory salvaged a largely unsuccessful night for British athletes. Five U.K. competitors lost their bouts: James McSweeney; Kurt Warburton; James Wilks; John Hathaway; and Dan Hardy.

The losses of Hathaway and Hardy were the biggest surprises. Mike Pyle (21-7-1) won on points to inflict the first defeat in the career of Hathaway (14-1). Hardy (23-8, 1 no contest) suffered his first knockout loss when Carlos Condit (26-5) floored him with a left hook and finished him off with two punches on the ground.

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