After a comprehensive loss to Tim Kennedy last night as the two middleweights headlined the TUF Nations Finale card, it looks like Michael Bisping may passed from the realms of a potential title-challenger to that of a gate-keeper. The year out with injury didn’t help but it’s hard to see the 35-year old make that step up to championship level at this stage of his career.
Aside from Bisping’s disappointing loss it was a good night of action with some show-reel knock-outs. The best of which is this almost one-punch stoppage from KJ Noons against the previously Sam Stout, who suffered his first knock-out loss in 31 fights. This fight was bumped up from lightweight to welterweight midweek with no clear explanation, handing Noons an unexpected welterweight debut. Having lost his UFC debut to the highly talented Donald Cerrone, Noons now has back-to-back wins in the octagon. If he can build on this display he should find himself competing against the best in the division very soon. Whichever division that happens to be.