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Michael Bisping offered new eight-fight deal with the UFC

After winning the third season of The Ultimate Fighter, the UFC had high hopes for England’s own Michael Bisping. Well, after going 7-1 with the company over a 3-year period that includes wins over Matt Hamill, Eric Schafer, and Chris Leben, Bisping is about to be rewarded.

According to a report from British MMA magazine, Fighters Only, the UFC has offered Bisping a new eight-fight, two-year contract.

The news could not come at a better time for Bisping who has been busy taping season nine of The Ultimate Fighter the last few weeks. Bisping is set to coach a team of fighters from the United Kingdom as they battle a team of fighters from the United States coached by Dan Henderson. The show is set to debut on Spike TV on Wednesday, April 1. Bisping will then face Henderson at UFC 100 in July, with the winner expected to be named a top challenger for Anderson Silva‘s UFC middleweight title.

Bisping is currently 17-1 since his MMA debut in 2004, and the man has never been finished. His only professional loss came at the hands of current UFC light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans, who defeated Bisping via split-decision back at UFC 78 in 2007.

  • wardog says:

    This is really Bisping’s “big chance” so to say. He looses to Henderson or has a bad showing, he could be fighting on undercrads and become a gatekeeper relatively soon. I always thought Bisping was both overrated in terms of his record and also had a ton of potential that went un-tapped. Perhaps his training with Rampage may help him get over that hump.

  • KTru says:

    Large investment on a guy who is carrying MMA in England.
    Hopefully for the UFC’s sake, he continues to grow as a fighter and a recognizable personality. However, he is nowhere in Henderson’s league.


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