Michael Bisping has had plenty of people express an interest in fighting him in recent months, but until now, it remained unclear who would be next for “The Count.” According to a new report, Bisping and UFC 162 winner Mark Munoz have agreed to fight on October 26th, in Manchester, England. Sounds pretty good no? It will mark the first time since October, 2010, that Bisping has fought in his native England.
Word of the match-up is being reported by MMA Junkie, which has relayed that Munoz and Bisping have verbally agreed to the fight. If you’re scratching your head thinking you don’t recall any England card being announced recently, that’s because there hasn’t been. UFC officials have stated recently that they hoped to return to Britain soon, especially due to the new broadcasting deal the promotion signed with BT Sport. Multiple sources have reportedly told MMA Junkie that the event will be announced soon.
Bisping (24-5) hasn’t fought since UFC 159 in April, when he worked his way to a decision win over Alan Belcher. As you likely recall, prior to that he was taken out by Vitor Belfort at UFC on FX 7 in January.
Munoz (13-3), of course, made a successful return at UFC 162 by scoring a UD win over Tim Boetsch. “The Filipino Wrecking Machine” hadn’t fought since last summer when he was stopped by Chris Weidman.
There was talk recently that Bisping might face Le next, but it looks like the latter will be tapped to coach the upcoming season of TUF China. Considering Bisping sits at #4 in the middleweight division, and Munoz is ranked #6, this bout certainly makes sense from a rankings perspective. Bisping-Le would have been pretty fantastic though.
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