I've got a movie plot for you.
An Englishman from a rough background chooses a life in mixed martial arts (MMA), goes through a decade-long journey of ups-and-downs only to be written off at 35-years old as a gatekeeper, and someone that couldn't win the big one.
Along the way, the fighter accrues an astonishing sum of wins, yet is never able to reach the apex and fight for a title.
Still, he trudges forward relentlessly in pursuit of his perceived destiny.
Two wins in a row positions himself into a battle with the former longtime champion and arguably the greatest fighter in history, and he finally gets the monkey off his back with a valiant decision victory in an absolute war for the ages.
It's his greatest career accomplishment, and seemingly the perfect way to ride off into the sunset.
But destiny has still yet to be fulfilled.
After a short hiatus to take a role in an action movie, the protagonist is finally gifted the opportunity to fight for championship gold as an injury replacement on only two week's notice against the seemingly indomitable champion who already holds a dominant victory over him just two years prior.
In a historic moment, the protagonist manages to pull off the upset of the century, not only defeating the current champ, but viciously knocking him out in the first round.
Destiny achieved. Roll the credits.
That storyline would be a guaranteed blockbuster combat sports film, yet nobody could ever believe it would happen.
And yet it is all reality. Michael Bisping is your protagonist, and he is the UFC Middleweight champion in 2016.
"The Count's" miraculous and stunning victory last night (Sat., June 4, 2016) at UFC 199 is one of the great moments in the history of the sport, as nearly 10 years to the date of his debut that saw him win The Ultimate Fighter season three, Bisping became a UFC champ by stunningly knocking out Luke Rockhold.
As the cherry on top of an exemplary performance an incredible night for Bisping, his 19th UFC victory also tied him with the legendary Georges St-Pierre for most UFC wins all-time.
As for what's next? I'd expect the champ to want to take some time off to enjoy this monumental achievement, but when he returns, he will have a stable of hungry contenders looking to take his belt.
Chris Weidman and Jacare Souza both have a legitimate claim to fight Bisping next, but I have to believe the trilogy fight with Rockhold is what makes the most sense.
The former champ may have positioned himself into a rubber match with Bisping after whining about the loss in the post-fight press conference, and continuing to engage in verbal warfare with the Englishman. The two rivals had to be separated once the press conference ended.
Not only did Bisping get the better of Rockhold physically inside the cage last night, but he absolutely mauled him verbally post-fight as well.
Expect these two to run it back again in just a few months time.
For complete results from UFC 199 "Rockhold vs. Bisping 2" including play-by-play updates, click here.