"To say I'm happy would be an understatement. The pressure I felt since my last fight was just unbelievable. Obviously, I have a family I have to provide for, so a few losses in the UFC and your out. This is my passion, this is my dream. So I was very worried coming into this fight because he is a tough opponent. But I want to beat people like that, otherwise I don't belong here. He caught me with a stupid shot again, but I felt comfortable, even on the ground. I was never in any danger of being submitted. He's a good opponent who I took care of rather nicely." -Michael Bisping
A very happy Michael Bisping talks about his second round TKO win over Pride veteran Denis Kang. The fight took place on the main card of last night's UFC 105 event. Bisping was able to survive a dicey opening round that saw him get dropped from a big right hand. From there, the TUF 3 champion spent the rest of the round on his back deftly defending Kang offenses from top position.
Bisping came out refreshed in the second round and almost immediately scored a takedown. He began to work some ground-and-pound when Kang worked his way back to his feet, Bisping didn't relent and took him back down almost immediately. The fight would end as Bisping unleashed a brutal mix of punches to the head and knees to the body, which forced the referee to call a halt to the contest at 4:24 of the second round.
With the win, Bisping bounces back from the devastating knockout loss he suffered against Dan Henderson at UFC 100 in July. He moves his UFC record to 8-2 and his overall MMA record to 19-2. Bisping now looks to build off of perhaps the biggest win of his five-year career and will be working toward an eventual middleweight title shot.