UFC Fight Night 72 touches down in Glasgow, Scotland for the first time in the promotion's history. It also caps off a stretch of four UFC shows in a week. As you might expect, there are a slew of fighters from the European circuit competing on the card, although two of the men competing at the top of the show hail from the Americas.
In the main event, England's Michael Bisping, a longtime contender in the middleweight division, takes on the surging Brazilian Thales Leites in a five-round fight. The co-main pits Sunderland, England's Ross Pearson against American Evan Dunham in a lightweight tilt.
This post will cover the preliminary card. The event kicks off at the bright and early time of 10 AM ET/7 AM PT with two fights that will air on UFC Fight Pass. It then moves over to Fox Sports 1 at 11 AM ET/8 AM PT with four more prelim fights. Flyweights Paddy Holohan and Vaughan Lee are the featured preliminary card fighters.
Kid Nate is your play-by-play man for this one.
Chris de la Rocha vs. Daniel Omielanczuk - Heavyweights
Round 1: Omiel opens it up with some kicks that land and follows up with some head cracking punches. De la Rocha staggers back, hurt. Regroups briefly and Omielanczuk drops him again. The ref steps in and that's that. Nice work from Omielanczuk.
Official Result: Daniel Omielanczuk def. Chris de la Rocha via TKO (punches) at 0:48 of Rd 1.
Round 1: Lots of movement as the fight opens. Brimage begins to land with punches. Rivera drops him briefly with a leg kick, eats a front kick to the mouth. Another. Brimage with a straight left over a kick. Lots of action. Brimage staggered by a straight left. Rivera charges forward, firing punches with both hands. Brimage falls. The ref stops it! TKO win for Jimmie Rivera.
Official Result: Jimmie Rivera def. Marcus Brimage via TKO (punches) at 1:29 of Rd 1.
Round 1: Redmond comes forward eats a hook. They're trading. Another Whiteford punch lands hard. Redmond head kick caught. Eye poke timeout. Redmond shoots, stuffed. They're winging and missing. Redmond lands a hard right. Whiteford rips some jabs. Huge left drops Redmond and Whiteford follows him down for the finish. Good start to the TV card.
Official Result: Robert Whiteford def. Paul Redmond via TKO (Punches) at 3:04 of Rd 1.
Mickael Lebout vs. Teemu Packalen - Welterweights
Round 1: They tied up quickly against the fence. They're down and Packalen quickly reverses and rolls on top. Packalen gets mount. Dragging Lebout to center cage. Lebout regains 1/2 guard. Full guard. Finally Packalen fires a few punches. Scramble. Lebout gets on top. Lands some elbows to the body. Packalen rolls to his belly. Lebout stands. Dives into a hammer fist. On Packalen's back. Side control. Some elbows to the body. Rolls and scrambling. Packalen rolls to top. Gets mount. Rears up and fires bombs. Lebout gets 1/2 guard. I score it 10-9 for Packalen based on more strikes landed, grappling was fairly even back-and-forth.
Round 2: Quick return to the ground game. Mad scrambles. Lebout stands, firing leg kicks to the downed Packalen. Ref forces a stand up. Lebout lands an uppercut. Packalen lands a spinning back kick to the body. Lebout landing punches. Knee to the body. Packalen tired. Lebout is just firing at will. Packalen lands a counter right. Packalen shoots, stuffed. Lebout on top in turtle when Ref. Leon Roberts calls time. Apparently a knee to a downed opponent. Ruled an accidental knee. Restart. Lebout lands overhand right. Packalen fires back and seems to clip Lebout. Packalen shoots, stuffed but Lebout follows him down into a scramble turns into a Packalen leg lock attempt. Fails. Packalen moves to mount. Back to 1/2 guard. They stand up just as the bell rings. I'm leaning Lebout 10-9 in this one.
Round 3: Packalen opens up with some sharp punching to open the round. Lebout pushes them to the cage. They fall, Packalen stays on his back. Lebout stands, kicks the legs. Ref stands them up. They exchange on the feet. Packalen dives for a low single. Lebout on top of a turtled Packalen. Lebout finally stands. Packalen butt scooting again. Back up. Back down. Packalen on top. Reversed. Back to Lebout standing, Packalen butt scooting. Back up. They're trading. Packalen clinches, pulls guard. Now turtled, Lebout has head control, flirts with a Peruvian necktie attempt. It's over. I have it 10-9 and 29-28 Lebout.
Official Result: Mickael Lebout def. Teemu Packalen via unanimous decision (29-28x2, 30-27).
Ilir Latifi vs. Hans Stringer - Light Heavyweights
Round 1: They circle. Latifi fires a low kick and a jab. Latifi lands an outside leg kick. Stringer is walking Latifi down to the cage. DAMN! Latifi catches him with a counter to a leg kick and Stringer falls, follows up on the ground. It's all over!
Official Result: Ilir Latifi def. Hans Stringer via TKO (punches) at 0:56 of Rd 1.
Patrick Holohan vs. Vaughan Lee - Flyweights
Round 1: Holohan fires a straight kick. Lee spinning and missing with kicks. Holohan backing Lee up. Lee circling away. Kicks landing to the body from Holohan. Holohan shoots, ends up on his back. Lee on top in Holohan's guard. Holohan going for a triangle. Has the legs in position, not sure if he's squeezing for the choke. Holohan landing elbows to the temple. Ref very worried about strikes to the back of the head for no apparent reason. Holohan maintaining the triangle control, firing punches to the ears. Holohan spinning around, grabbing Lee's leg whilst maintaining the triangle on the head & arm. Holy crap sudden scramble and Lee is on Holohan's back going for the RNC. Nice. Buzzer rings, Holohan survives. Gotta score it for Holohan 10-9 but Lee's last 10 seconds made it close.
Round 2: Immediately to the ground at the start of Rd 2. Lee on top. Gets mount. Holohan escapes, reverses, trying to pass Lee's 1/2 guard. Holohan gets side mount. Loses it. Working on Lee's left arm, thinking kimura? Gives it up. More scramble, Holohan takes Lee's ankles and presses them into his head. Silly position. Move to north-south with Holohan on top. Holohan wraps up an inverted triangle from the top. Round ends. 10-9 Holohan.
Round 3: They trade and Holohan lands a kick right to the groin of Lee. Replay shows the cup moved visibly from the kick. Ouch! Lee taking his timeout. Marc Ratner lets us know that if the fight has to be stopped it will go to the judges but that's unnecessary as Lee comes back. They're trading on the feet. Holohan leaping into some front kicks. Lee stepping forward with punches. Holohan leaps in with a punch. Holohan working the body. Gets a late take down. 10-9 and 30-27 Holohan on my card.
Official Result: Patrick Holohan def. Vaughan Lee via unanimous decision (30-27x3).