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UFC Fight Night 55 Recap: Luke Rockhold Shines From Australia

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It was a night of finishes in Sydney, Australia, as all 11 bouts at UFC Fight Night 55 ended before the final bell sounded.

That included a second round submission victory in the main event for Luke Rockhold, as the former Strikeforce champion tapped Michael Bisping less than a minute into the round. The win was his third finish of 2014, adding to victories over Tim Boetsch and Costas Philippou.

In the co-main event, Al Iaquinta made it a clean sweep for American fighters in the headline bouts by finishing Ross Pearson. Iaquinta, who trains out of the Serra-Longo gym that has produced Chris Weidman and others, ended the fight in the second round.

Robert Whittaker, Soa Palelei, Sam Alvey, Louis Smolka, Chris Clements and Marcus Brimage all picked up knockout victories, while Jake Matthews and Daniel Kelly scored submission wins.

Rockhold and Smolka scored “Performance of the Night” bonuses, while Whittaker and Clint Hester were given the “Fight of the Night.” All four earned an additional $50,000.

The card aired on UFC Fight Pass, and complete results can be found below:

Luke Rockhold def. Michael Bisping via submission (guillotine choke) at :57 of Round 2

Al Iaquinta def. Ross Pearson via TKO (strikes) at 1:39 of Round 2

Robert Whittaker def. Clint Hester via TKO (knee and strikes) at 2:43 of Round 2

Soa Palelei def. Walt Harris via TKO (strikes) at 4:49 of Round 2

Jake Matthews def. Vagner Rocha via technical submission (rear-naked choke) at 1:52 of Round 2

Anthony Perosh def. Guto Inocente via submission (rear-naked choke) at 3:46 of Round 1

Sam Alvey def. Dylan Andrews via KO (strike) at 2:16 of Round 1

Louis Smolka def. Richie Vaculik via TKO (head kick and strikes) at :18 of Round 3

Chris Clements def. Vik Grujic via TKO (strikes) at 4:06 of Round 1

Daniel Kelly def. Luke Zachrich via submission (kimura) at 4:27 of Round 1

Marcus Brimage def. Jumabieke Tuerxun via KO (head kick) at 2:58 of Round 1