Welcome to WrestlingObserver.com's live coverage of UFC Fight Night 72: Bisping vs. Leites from The SSE Hydro in Glasgow, Scotland. The event, the UFC's first-ever trip to Scotland, is headlined by a five-round middleweight bout between 9th-ranked Michael Bisping and 10th-ranked Thales Leites and airs on FOX Sports 1 at 1 PM eastern time. Preliminary card action kicks off at 10 AM eastern time on UFC Fight Pass before moving over to FOX Sports 1 at 11 AM eastern time.
Coverage provided by Ryan Frederick
PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC FIGHT PASS- 10 AM ET/7 AM PT):
HEAVYWEIGHTS: DANIEL OMIELANCZUK VS. CHRIS DE LA ROCHA
ROUND 1- Omielanczuk rocks Rocha quick with some big punches and a head kick but Rocha survives. Omielanczuk rocks him again and they are swinging hard. Omielanczuk drops Rocha with a right hand and then two punches on the ground and this fight is over quickly. Omielanczuk with a quick knockout win in less than a minute.
Official Result: Daniel Omielanczuk def. Chris de la Rocha by TKO (punches) at :48 of Round 1
BANTAMWEIGHTS: MARCUS BRIMAGE VS. JIMMIE RIVERA
ROUND 1- Rivera starts with a head kick and they trade punches. They swing hard early. Rivera with a leg kick and Brimage stumbles for a moment. Brimage with a front kick to the body and then a straight left hand. Brimage with a leg kick. Rivera rocks Brimage big with a right hand and then knocks him down against the fence and more punches and the fight is stopped. Rivera picks up the win in his UFC debut.
Official Result: Jimmie Rivera def. Marcus Brimage by TKO (punches) at 1:29 of Round 1
PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX SPORTS 1- 11 AM ET/8 AM PT):
FEATHERWEIGHTS: ROBERT WHITEFORD VS. PAUL REDMOND
ROUND 1- Whiteford got a massive ovation as he is from Scotland and had bagpipes playing during his walkout. Whiteford lands a right hand and then connects with another. Redmond with a head kick and he eats a right hand and goes down for a moment but gets up. Both men land and we have an eye poke. Whiteford with a leg kick after they exchange. Redmond lands a right hand that rocks Whiteford for a moment. Whiteford lands a left hand as the crowd chants loudly for him. Whiteford drops Redmond with a big left hand and finishes him with more punches and the crowd goes wild. Whiteford jumped out of the Octagon and went into the crowd to celebrate as they chant loudly for him. It came across well on the broadcast.
Official Result: Robert Whiteford def. Paul Redmond by TKO (punches) at 3:04 of Round 1
LIGHTWEIGHTS: MICKAEL LEBOUT VS. TEEMU PACKALEN
ROUND 1- Packalen has a takedown stuffed in the opening seconds and they clinch against the fence. Packalen gets the fight to the mat and is in half-guard. Packalen passes guard into the mount but Lebout recovers to half-guard. Packalen with some punches from the top. Lebout scrambles to the top and Packalen is going for an arm. Lebout goes to side control and then takes side mount on the back. Packalen rolls out and Lebout gets to his feet. Lebout with a hammerfist and then takes the back for a moment but goes back to side control. Packalen rolls out. Lebout with some left hands from the top. Lebout goes to side control and then takes the back. Lebout rolls for a submission and it allows Packalen to go to mount and he starts landing big punches and elbows from the top. We are headed to the second round for the first time today. 10-9 Packalen.
ROUND 2- Packalen goes for a takedown but Lebout sprawls. Lebout gets to his feet lands some leg kicks before the referee stands Packalen up. Lebout sprawls a takedown again and lands more kicks to the legs and body from a standing position. Lebout goes to the ground but gets back up. Packalen ordered back up after eating some kicks. Packalen lands a spinning back kick to the body as he is starting to gas out. Lebout lands a knee and right hand to the body. Lebout misses a right hand and defends a takedown. Lebout lands a knee to the head by accident and we have a timeout. No point deduction. Lebout lands a right hand. Packalen gets a weak takedown and goes for a leglock. Packalen gets to the mount but goes back to half-guard. Lebout gets to his feet as the round ends. 10-9 Lebout, 19-19.
ROUND 3- Packalen lands some big punches to start the round and they clinch against the fence. Packalen tries to grab the arm and stumbles to the ground. Lebout lands leg kicks from a standing position. Packalen ordered to his feet and lands a right. Lebout lands a couple of jabs. Packalen whifs on a telegraphed takedown. Lebout gets to his feet. Packalen gets up and they trade punches. Both men are tired. Packalen has a takedown stuffed again. They trade punches again as the pace has slowed. Packalen is able to finish an ugly takedown attempt. Packalen in the half-guard. Lebout tries to sweep and goes into side control against the fence. Packalen tries to roll out and can't get Lebout down. They trade punches as they get to their feet and Packalen pulls guard and Lebout takes his back. Lebout goes for a choke but time expires. 10-9 Lebout, 29-28 Lebout.
Official Result: Mickael Lebout def. Teemu Packalen by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHTS: ILIR LATIFI VS. HANS STRINGER
ROUND 1- Latifi with a big leg kick. They trade leg kicks and Latifi drops Stringer with a right hand and then lands one more and another for good measure and it is over quickly. Fourth fight to finish in the first round today. Solid card for finishes.
Official Result: Ilir Latifi def. Hans Stringer by knockout (punches) at :56 of Round 1
FLYWEIGHTS: PATRICK HOLOHAN VS. VAUGHAN LEE
ROUND 1- Holohan got a big reaction. Lee with a side kick. Holohan with some body kicks. They go to the may and Lee ends in the guard of Holohan. Holohan working for an arm but eats some hammerfists from Lee. Holohan transitions and looks for a triangle choke. Holohan still looking for it as he lands some elbows from the bottom. Holohan still working for it as Lee is looking to escape. Lee and Holohan are both landing punches as Holohan tries to transition and Lee escapes. Lee then grabs the back and has a choke locked in but Holohan survives as the round ends. Awesome final minute. 10-9 Holohan.
ROUND 2- Lee lands a big leg kick. Holohan misses a spin kick but goes for a takedown against the fence. Lee defends and lands a big knee. Holohan rolls to the ground and Lee is on top and lands a big punch from the top. Lee in the half-guard and lands a big hammerfist as he transitions to mount. Holohan grabs a leg and looks for a heel hook. Holohan rolls to the top. Holohan in the half-guard. Holohan moves to side control. Holohan looking for an arm. Elbows from the top by Holohan. Holohan with more left hands from the top as they spin to north-south position. Holohan looks for a kimura as he lands hammerfists. Holohan looks to switch for an armbar. Lee defends as the round comes to an end. 10-9 Holohan, 20-18 Holohan.
ROUND 3- Holohan lands a kick that goes just a little too low and we have a timeout. Back to action after Lee used almost all of the five minutes. Holhan with a high kick but Lee lands a left hand counter. Holohan with a combo. Holohan with a jumping high kick and then another. Lee lands a left hand and then a combo to the body. Holohan with a spinning heel kick and then another. Holohan with a side elbow and a spinning back fist. Lee with a left hand. Holohan lands a combo and then a knee to the body. Holohan misses a spinning head kick. Lee lands a straight left hand and then lands a solid left hand. Holohan lands a late takedown and some elbows as the fight ends. 10-9 Holohan, 30-27 Holohan.
Official Result: Patrick Holohan def. Vaughan Lee by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
MAIN CARD (FOX SPORTS 1- 1 PM ET/10 AM PT):
LIGHTWEIGHTS: STEVIE RAY VS. LEONARDO MAFRA
ROUND 1- Ray got a massive reaction and a chant as he is from Scotland. Ray with a head kick to start. Ray slips on a kick but gets up. Ray lands a left hand. They trade kicks. Mafra with a leg kick. Ray misses a wheel kick. Ray lands a right hand.Ray lands a big right hand and Mafra is hurt bad. Ray lands some more and they are throwing bombs as Mafra has recovered. But then Ray lands a big right hand and some punches against the fence and this one is over. Massive reaction from the Scottish fans as Ray gets the first-round win. A nice night of first-round finishes.
Official Result: Stevie Ray def. Leonardo Mafra by TKO (punches) at 2:30 of Round 1
WELTERWEIGHTS: LEON EDWARDS VS. PAWEL PAWLAK
ROUND 1- Edwards is coming off an eight-second win in his last fight. Edwards with a head kick. Edwards with a body kick and then lands a left hand. Pawlak lands a right hand. Edwards lands a big combo and they clinch against the fence. They trade knees against the fence. They break and Edwards lands a big left. Edwards with a combo and they clinch again. Edwards looking for a takedown against the fence. They trade knees and then are broken up by the referee. Pawlak goes for a takedown but Edwards sprawls. Edwards lands a left hand and a body kick. Pawlak with a body kick. Edwards lands a left hand at the end. 10-9 Edwards.
ROUND 2- They both miss on their attack to open. Edwards with a big head kick. Pawlak counters but Edwards lands a combo that hurts Pawlak for a moment. They trade punches. Edwards just misses with a spin kick against the fence but lands a big left hand. Pawlak with a combo and a body kick. Edwards lands a left hand and they clinch. They are broken up by the referee as not a lot happened in the clinch. Edwards lands a left hand. Pawlak goes for a takedown but Edwards ends up in his guard. Edwards with some elbows from the top. Edwards with some punches from the top. 10-9 Edwards, 20-18 Edwards.
ROUND 3- They both miss on punches to start. Break in the action after a low blow. Pawlak slips on a kick but right back up. Big head kick from Edwards drops Pawlak and Edwards goes to the ground looking for the finish. Big punches from Edwards but Pawlak survives and is able to recover. Pawlak holding Edwards on the ground trying to recover. Edwards in the guard landing but unable to pass the guard. They stand. Edwards misses a flying knee. Edwards lands a left hand. Pawlak misses a spinning back fist and they clinch against the fence. Edwards lands short punches against the fence. Edwards with an elbow on the break. Pawlak with a body kick and they clinch again. We go to the judges. 10-9 Edwards, 30-27 Edwards.
Official Result: Leon Edwards def. Pawel Pawlak by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
WOMEN'S STRAWWEIGHTS: JOANNE CALDERWOOD VS. CORTNEY CASEY
ROUND 1- Calderwood got a massive reaction being from Glasgow. They trade punches and Casey rocks Calderwood with some right hands. Calderwood is stunned against the fence and they clinch. Calderwood with body punches in the clinch. Casey pulls guard and they go to the mat. Calderwood with body punches from the top. Calderwood with a big elbow from the top. Casey with an upkick. Casey goes for a heel hook. They trade punches on the ground and Calderwood is able to transition to the half-guard of Casey. Casey with elbows from the bottom and Calderwood with punches from the top. Hammerfists from both women. 10-9 Casey.
ROUND 2- Calderwood initates a clinch against the fence. Calderwood with knees and elbows in the clinch as they break. Calderwood with a nice combo and a spin kick to the body. Calderwood with knees in the tie-up and then gets a takedown. Calderwood in the guard of Casey. She gets to her feet and Casey does as well. Calderwood with a big left hand and then another but eats a right hand from Casey. They trade punches. Calderwood with a right hand. They clinch and Calderwood trips Casey to the ground. Calderwood with body punches from the top. Loud chants for Calderwood from the crowd. Calderwood with ground-and-pound and they get to their feet. Calderwood with a spin kick to the body into the clinch where she lands some knees. Calderwood lands a big combo at the end of the round. 10-9 Calderwood, 19-19.
ROUND 3- They trade leg kicks. Calderwood with a right hand. They trade a lot of punches and Calderwood landed a big right hand. Calderwood with a spinning elbow. Calderwood drops Casey with a spin kick to the body and goes for the finish. Punches and elbows from Calderwood but Casey is surviving. Calderwood backs off and they stand. Calderwood with two left hands. They trade punches. Calderwood with a big right hand and they clinch. Casey goes to the mat and Calderwood goes into her guard. Calderwood moves to side control but they get to their feet. Calderwood with some leg kicks and they clinch. They trade and clinch and Calderwood lands some knees. Casey pulls guard and Calderwood lands punches to the body. Calderwood with strikes from the top. Calderwood with more punches and she ends the round with a huge flurry and a massive ovation from the crowd. Great fight. 10-9 Calderwood, 29-28 Calderwood.
Official Result: Joanne Calderwood def. Cortney Casey by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 30-27)
LIGHTWEIGHTS: JOSEPH DUFFY VS. IVAN JORGE
ROUND 1- Duffy is the last man to defeat Conor McGregor. Jorge lands a right hand. Duffy with a solid combo. Duffy with an inside leg kick. They clinch against the fence. Duffy with a body kick and knee and a combo. Jorge with a knee to the body. They break. Duffy with a knee and then just misses a head kick. Jorge lands a combo. Duffy with an uppercut and Jorge gets a takedown but goes into the guard of Duffy. Duffy locks on a triangle and looks for an armbar and Jorge taps out! Duffy with the impressive win.
Official Result: Joseph Duffy def. Ivan Jorge by submission (triangle choke) at 3:05 of Round 1
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LIGHTWEIGHTS: ROSS PEARSON VS. EVAN DUNHAM
ROUND 1- Dunham lands a knee as Pearson ducked in. Dunham with a body kick. Pearson lands a right hand. Dunham shoots in and gets a takedown and lands some punches on the mat but Pearson gets to his feet. Dunham has the back and lands some knees. Dunham gets another takedown and takes the back of Pearson and has the hooks in. Dunham looking for the choke but Pearson is defending. Both men landing strikes on the ground. Dunham landing punches and elbows from the back. Dunham transitions to the armbar and it is in deep. Pearson is somehow surviving and gets out! That was locked in tight but Pearson survived. No idea how Pearson didn't tap there. Pearson lands a right hand and then another as the round ends. 10-9 Dunham.
ROUND 2- They trade and Dunham gets the takedown and is on top. Dunham with punches from the top. They get up and Dunham has the back. Dunham looks for a slam but Pearson defends and they run to the mat against the fence. Dunham still has the back and drags Pearson to the mat and is looking to get the hooks in. Dunham with punches from the back as he has the hooks in on Pearson. Dunham working for the choke as Pearson lands punches from the top. The fans are booing. Dunham looking for the armbar but the round ends before he can get it. 10-9 Dunham, 20-18 Dunham.
ROUND 3- Dunham with a head kick. Pearson defends a takedown attempt from Dunham. Pearson with a body kick. Dunham goes for a takedown and pushes Pearson against the fence. Dunham with an elbow. Pearson with an elbow as Dunham works for the takedown. Pearson lands some knees as he defends and Dunham is cut. Dunham initiates a tie-up and pushes Pearson against the fence. Pearson lands a knee as Dunham drops to work for the takedown. Dunham with a knee. Dunham still working for the takedown. They trade elbows in the clinch. Pearson with a knee to the body. They trade short punches and Dunham works for the takedown and gets it right at the end of the fight. 10-9 Dunham, 30-27 Dunham.
Official Result: Evan Dunham def. Ross Pearson by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
MIDDLEWEIGHTS: MICHAEL BISPING VS. THALES LEITES
ROUND 1- Leites starts with a leg kick. Low kick by Leites lands in the wrong place. They trade punches and Bisping lands a right hand. Leites with a leg kick. They trade punches. Bisping with a combo ending with a high kick. Leites with a leg kick. Leites lands a nice combo. Bisping with a head kick. They trade punches and kicks. Bisping with an inside leg kick and then another. Leites lands a leg kick but Bisping counters with a right hand. Bisping lands a right hand and scores a takedown. Bisping in the half-guard of Leites. Leites switches to the back and is looking for something on Bisping. Bisping grabbed the fence. 10-9 Bisping.
ROUND 2- Leites lands a leg kick. Bisping with an overhand right. Leites lands a right hook and Bisping with an inside leg kick. Bisping with another leg kick and then lands a solid combo. Big right hand from Leites lands. Bisping with an inside leg kick. They trade leg kicks and Bisping stumbles to the ground. Leites with a right hand as Bisping lands a leg kick. Bisping with a big body kick. Leites lands an uppercut and then a big leg kick. Bisping with another inside leg kick. They trade an exchange. Bisping lands a big overhand right. Bisping with another inside leg kick and then lands a big left hook. They trade leg kicks. Leites lands a right hand. Bisping with a high kick. Two close rounds. 10-9 Bisping, 20-18 Bisping.
ROUND 3- Leites lands a big right hand and has Bisping hurt. Leites fires away with punches and Bisping is able to clinch. They break and Bisping is cut. They trade punches as Bisping looks to circle around. Bisping with the jab and firing away punches and a kick. Leites comes back with a leg kick. Leites lands a right hand. Bisping lands a spinning back kick. Bisping with another combo. Leites with a leg kick. Leites with a leg kick. Leites is bleeding as well. Bisping lands a right hand. Leites lands a big uppercut against the fence. Another close round but Leites takes it. 10-9 Leites, 29-28 Bisping.
ROUND 4- Both come out swinging against the fence. Bisping with an inside leg kick. Bisping's footwork has slowed down and he does land another leg kick. Leites with a leg kick and Bisping counters with a right hand. Leites with a combo but Bisping is able to circle away. Leites lands a right hand. Bisping with a right hand and an inside leg kick. Bisping with a double jab and leg kick combo. Both men land punches. Bisping with a Superman punch and Leites counters with a combo. Bisping with a combo. They trade punches as both men are slowing a little. Bisping with a leg kick and Leites fails at a takedown attempt. Leites with a leg kick. Bisping with a body kick. Another close round. 10-9 Bisping, 39-37 Bisping.
ROUND 5- Leites lands a left hand and both men come with an exchange. Leites being the aggressor. Leites with a leg kick. Bisping lands a right hand but Leites landed a left hook. Bisping with the jab. Leites lands an uppercut and both land a leg kick. Bisping with a solid combo with a right hand and head kick. Leites with a right hand as Bisping was against the fence. Leites with a combo as he has Bisping against the fence but Bisping is able to circle away and lands a leg kick. Leites lands a right hand. Bisping lands a nice right hand. Both men land punches. Bisping lands a solid combination and then a right hand. Leites lands a combo. Bisping countering well. Leites lands a right hook that stuns Bisping. Bisping goes for a flying knee but Leites lands a right hand. Bisping lands a spin kick as the fight ends. Super close fight and will be interesting. 10-9 Bisping, 49-46 Bisping.
Official Result: Michael Bisping def. Thales Leites by split decision (47-48, 49-46, 48-47)