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UFC Fight Night 72 results: Bisping sneaks past Leites by split decision

Check out the result of the UFC Fight Night: Bisping vs. Leites main event between top 10 middleweights Michael Bisping and Thales Leites.

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Michael Bisping and Thales Leites were the closing act to a great night of action at UFC Fight Night in Glasgow, Scotland. These middleweights had a lot to prove, respectively ranked 9th and 10th, with the winner expected to get a shot at a top 5 opponent.

It took 25 seconds for a serious strike to be landed ... a groin kick from Leites that forced Bisping to take some time to recover. Bisping landed a nice right hand after slipping a Leites punch. Thales threw a heavy leg kick to the lead leg of "The Count". Bisping threw a high kick which was blocked, and Leites countered with an outside leg kick. The Brit threw a couple of leg kicks. A very good right hand cracked Leites, who went for a takedown but it was Bisping who ended up on top. In a scramble, Leites took Bisping's back but couldn't do anything significant.

Bisping's right hand was on point early in the 2nd. He also had a kicking game of his own. But after throwing a leg kick, a right and a left stunned Bisping and he seemed hurt but not to the point of being in grave danger. Leites did well to hit Bisping with hard shots and continue with the leg kick attacks, which Bisping wasn't defending on a consistent basis. There was no attempt at a takedown at all from either man.

Huge right hand by Leites hurt Bisping against the cage and a series of punches, while not landing cleanly, were marking Bisping up as he came very close to going down but tied him up and then returned to the center of the cage. Bisping fired back with hard right hands. Thales was persistent with his leg kicks and his body kicks and it had noticeable effect on the Brit. Bisping checked the chin of Leites with a right hand that landed flush. Leites caught a kick and then went for a takedown and got it. It didn't take long for Bisping to return to his feet. A jarring uppercut cracked Bisping at the end of the round.

Round 4 saw a considerable decrease in pace, with neither man able to land a truly telling shot. Both went for leg kicks but Bisping had more volume and footwork in his favor. Leites went for a takedown in the final minute but Bisping staved it off easily. Thales' success came primarily with Bisping near the cage, as Leites piled on the pressure with hard-charging flurries.

Leites came out aggressively and let his hands go right away.  He cut off the Octagon and went to work with his punches which had some considerably success. Bisping got several of his own punches in that backed Leites up but never really hurt him. A combination by Leites forced Bisping to cover up. Michael's jab connected a few times as Leites kept shaking his head no. There wasn't even a hint of Leites wanting to go to the ground.  A strong three-punch combo stung Leites. Two more shots hit the Brazilian. Leites' aggressiveness was soon turned against him. A left hook made Bisping stumble a little bit but it could've been a slip. Some wild striking by both in the final seconds punctuated a very entertaining fight, contested almost entirely on the feet.

Official result: Michael Bisping (27-7) def. Thales Leites (25-5) via split decision (47-48, 49-46, 48-47)

For the first time since 2011, Bisping has won consecutive fights. Leites drops his first bout in the UFC since his return in 2013.

Stay tuned for more post-fight coverage and analysis of UFC Fight Night: Bisping vs. Leites throughout today and into Sunday.