Not only did Bisping KO the very same man who put a beating on him back in November 2014, but he did it to become the UFC middleweight king.
The 37-year-old British fighter wasn't even scheduled to fight for the belt. The original match-up for the UFC 199 card was originally supposed to be a rematch between Rockhold and Chris Weidman. The New York fighter was granted an immediate rematch to get his middleweight belt back from Rockhold, who had defeated him just months prior at UFC 194.
But that fight never came to fruition, as Weidman suffered a neck injury and was forced to withdraw from the bout. Next on deck was top contender Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza, who was 9-1 in his previous 10 fights, his only loss a controversial decision to Yoel Romero. But Souza was unavailable after suffering a knee injury in his win over Vitor Belfort at UFC 198 in May.
That's where Bisping comes in. The British middleweight took the fight on 17 days notice.
Bisping stepped in the cage with confidence and made the most of it, upsetting Rockhold to become the UFC middleweight champion. Bisping even predicted a knockout win days prior to the fight.
Now champion, Bisping is scheduled to fight in another rematch, but this time he's the one defending the middleweight belt. "The Count" is set to fight MMA legend Dan Henderson at this Saturday's UFC 204 in Manchester, England.
Both fighters met seven years ago at UFC 100, where Henderson delivered his notorious H-bomb to Bisping's chin, knocking him out cold. Bisping will get a chance to redeem that devastating loss and defend his newly-crowned belt at the same time in the main event of Saturday's UFC card.