UFC Confirms Michael Bisping vs. Mark Munoz for Return to Manchester This Fall on Fox Sports 2

August 4, 2013
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Michael Bisping - UFC on Fox 2The Ultimate Fighting Championship on Saturday confirmed a rumored UFC event for Oct. 26 in Manchester, England, as well as the fight cards headliner, Michael Bisping vs. Mark Munoz.

UFC officials didn’t expand on the details, but on Sunday added the event to its website, indicating it will air on Fox Sports 2, which is a rebranding of Fuel TV that is expected to take place alongside the launch of Fox Sports 1 on Aug. 17.

The UFC last made the trip to Manchester four years ago for UFC 105, which featured Randy Couture vs. Brandon Vera in the night’s main event.

Bisping (24-5) most recently fought at UFC 159: Jones vs. Sonnen. He defeated Alan Belcher by a unanimous technical decision after the fight was stopped following an injury to Belcher’s eye. The injury was a result of an incidental poke to the eye by Bisping.

Bisping has been on the cusp of a title shot for the past couple of years, but has twice been derailed, once by Chael Sonnen and then by Vitor Belfort.

Munoz (13-3) is fresh off of a dominating performance over Tim Boetsch at UFC 162: Silva vs. Weidman on July 6 in Las Vegas. He had been out of action for a year prior to that bout, battling injuries, depression, and extreme weight gain, but if anything, he seemed to gain strength from overcoming adversity.

Munoz had also been a step away from a shot at the UFC middleweight championship, but was stopped last summer by Chris Weidman, who recently upset Anderson Silva to win the belt.

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  • Abram G

    Battle of the gatekeeper

    • The Best Eva

      Not really, Munoz can still take one shot at the title before he’s done, Bisping on the other hand can’t seem to break the top 3 ever.

  • james j

    This could be a great fight.

  • http://www.CombatScienceMMA.com/ CombatScienceMMA

    People make comments about both of these guys but honestly the last time I checked the UFC isn’t the place you go and just breeze by high level competition. All of there losses are in the UFC. Although this match could be good I’d rather see Chael Sonnen back at MW against Munoz. I think Bisping takes this one. He’s already been in there with tough wrestlers. Although he lost to both Sonnen and Evans I thought he would be destroyed by them, but he hung in there.

    • http://www.CombatScienceMMA.com/ CombatScienceMMA

      Their * losses.

    • TheCerealKiller

      … hung in there and lost. He’s just never going to get there.

      • http://www.CombatScienceMMA.com/ CombatScienceMMA

        With Kennedy and Jacare in the mix, I think he’s going to have nothing but very tough fights ahead of him. That division is pretty stacked.

  • Gary Fredericks

    This is a good match-up. A win for either man could remove them from gatekeeper and elevate them to the list of contenders.

  • fsunoles10

    im feeling a munoz ground and pound finish.

  • TheCerealKiller

    Munoz got derailed by Hamill and Weidman. Bisping has gotten derailed by every ranked fighter he has faced.

    Munoz will beat him because he is ranked. Perfect MMath!

  • The Best Eva

    This will be good, I got Munoz in Bispings backyard.

  • Darin

    It seems lately that every fight between two top ranked guys where a title shot could be on the line ends up sucking.

  • Mike Little

    I hope Munoz beats the English accent off of him.