Michael “The Count” Bisping finished Denis Kang at UFC 105, rebounding from his knockout loss to Dan Henderson at UFC 100 in Manchester, England on Saturday in front of a European record crowd of 16,693.
Hearts nearly stopped inside the Manchester Evening News Arena early in the first round when Kang dropped the Englishman with a right hand. Bisping recovered and displayed a ground game not seen by him in previous fights.
Kang remained in top position on the ground for the remainder of round one, but Bisping was able to work his way back to full guard after being mounted and attempted submissions from his back keeping Kang unable to inflict any more damage.
Bisping looked hesitant in the second round as Kang worked his jab looking to set up that big right hand that sent the Wolfslair MMA Academy trained Brit to the canvas in the first.
Bisping secured a single-leg takedown and the complexity of the fight changed. He unleashed an arsenal of ground and pound on the Canadian, and when Kang got back to his feet he was bloodied and battered.
Bisping took the fight to the ground again with a slam and continued with his barrage. Kang momentarily got back to his feet before collapsing from the pressure of Bisping’s relentless strikes.
“He took it to me in the first round,” said Bisping following the fight. “Sorry to all of my fans for the last fight. I promise you that was just a set back. I’m going back to the old Michael Bisping, the one you saw tonight.”