After seeing his fellow countrymen falter in front of a soldout O2 Arena, Michael Bisping delivered a much-needed win for the London fans with a unanimous decision over Yoshihiro Akiyama in the main event of Saturday’s UFC 120.
Bisping survived an early scare to outstrike Akiyama over the three-round headliner and The Ultimate Fighter 3 winner walked away with a deserved 30-27 shutout from all three judges.
In the UFC 120 co-main event, Carlos Condit stunned British striker Dan Hardy, dropping the former welterweight challenger late in the opening round before putting him to sleep with a pair of heavy punches on the ground.
Also on the main card, Mike Pyle dominated previously unbeaten British prospect John Hathaway, Cheick Kongo fought to a draw against Travis Browne after losing a point in the final round, and Claude Patrick topped TUF 9 winner James Wilks.
$60,000 fight night bonuses were awarded to Bisping and Akiyama for “Fight of the Night,” Condit for “Knockout of the Night,” and Paul Sass for “Submission of the Night.”
The complete UFC 120 results were:
- Michael Bisping def. Yoshihiro Akiyama via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Carlos Condit def. Dan Hardy via KO (punches) – Round 1, 4:27
- Mike Pyle def. John Hathaway via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Cheick Kongo vs. Travis Browne – unanimous draw (28-28, 28-28, 28-28)
- Claude Patrick def. James Wilks via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Alexander Gustafsson def. Cyrille Diabate via submission (rear naked choke) – Round 2, 2:41
- Rob Broughton def. Vinicius Quieroz via submission (rear naked choke) – Round 3, 1:43
- Paul Sass def. Mark Holst via submission (triangle choke) – Round 1, 4:45
- Spencer Fisher def. Kurt Warburton via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
- Fabio Maldonado def. James McSweeney via TKO (punches) – Round 2, 0:48
Pictured: Michael Bisping (via UFC.com)