With his knockout victory over Luke Rockhold to become the new UFC Middleweight Champion at Saturday night’s UFC 199 event at The Forum in Inglewood, California, Michael Bisping broke a number of UFC records.
“The Count” completed the longest journey to a UFC title of any past fighter in the history of the promotion on Saturday, as he won the title in his 26th appearance inside the Octagon.
Additionally, Bisping tied Georges St-Pierre as the man with the most victories inside the Octagon with 19 wins. He also tied for the second longest active winning streak in the UFC’s current middleweight division by winning his fourth straight fight, trailing Yoel Romero, who has seven. Bisping holds the most victories in the history of the middleweight division with 15. He is tied with Chris Leben for second place in the history of the UFC’s middleweight division in terms of wins by knockout with five (Anderson Silva holds the record with eight.)
Bisping also became the first-ever British champion in UFC history and the fifth fighter to have won the UFC’s Ultimate Fighter reality show and then go on to become a UFC World Champion. The other four who achieved this were Forrest Griffin, Rashad Evans, Matt Serra and Carla Esparza.