UFC Fight Night 55 & 56: Top three surprises

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What a weekend of UFC.

The premier MMA promotion spoiled its fans once again, by delivering us two events in one weekend.  UFC Fight Night 55 was one of the best events of the year, headlined with a highly anticipated middleweight bout, while UFC Fight Night 56 did not have as many good fights, and was topped off with a shocking finish.  On Friday night, Luke Rockhold finished Michael Bisping via submission, and on Saturday night Ovince Saint Preux took out an MMA legend who goes by the name ‘Shogun’ Rua in 34 seconds.

There are always some surprises after events, whether it’s a bad decision, the winner of a fight, or really anything that happens during the event that’s surprising.  Here are the top three surprises from UFC Fight Night 55 & 56.

Saint Preux taking out Rua by TKO in less than a minute in their main event 5-round fight

This is obviously the clearest surprise from these two events.  Sure, we can say that the former UFC champion has been on a downfall for a couple of years.  He’s lost more than he’s one, but also he’s had some bad luck.  He was dominating fellow legend Dan Henderson in their second meeting earlier this year, but was knocked out in the third round.  I wouldn’t have been ultra surprised if Saint Preux grinded out a decision win over Rua, but a TKO win, that quick, and not even being known for his punching power?  Never would’ve expected it in my life.

Warlley Alves vs. Alan Jouban not receiving ‘Fight of the Night’ bonus award

None of the fights on UFC Fight Night 56 were absolutely amazing.  Considering that, how could you not give ‘Fight of the Night’ to the co-main event, Alves vs. Jouban?  It was back and fourth action from both fighters, and both were very close to finishing each other multiple times.  In my eyes, and others, this fight definitely deserved the $50k bonus because it’s simple, it was the best fight on the card!

Al Iaquinta TKOing Ross Pearson in co-main event

Obviously, this fight was closer than I thought it was.  I personally believed Pearson was going to beat Iaquinta pretty badly.  I had it stuck in my head that the fact Iaquinta got knocked out by Mitch Clarke earlier this year, made him have no chance.  When the fight was first announced, I thought it was a mismatch.  Over time though, after hearing people’s opinions, I began to realize Iaquinta did have a chance at winning, but I still was picking Pearson to win.  Nonetheless, Iaquinta picked up a TKO victory over the Brit on Friday night.

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Nick Baldwin is a 17-year-old mixed martial arts writer. He has covered mixed martial arts since January 2014. The Winnipeg, Man., native is also a co-host of The MMA Circus. Follow him on Twitter @NickBaldwinMMA.

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