After a few weeks of round robin, waiting to figure out who would fight who at the top of the middleweight division, the UFC has finally settled on a bout pitting Luke Rockhold against Michael Bisping.
Bisping first announced the booking on the UFC Foxwoods pre-fight show on Fox Sports 1, and UFC officials later confirmed the bout.
Rockhold vs. Bisping will headline the promotion’s return to Sydney, Australia, on Nov. 8.
The move comes after failed attempts to put a fight between Hector Lombard and Tyron Woodley in the main event down under. Lombard accepted the fight, but Woodley would not, so UFC officials shifted gears.
The two vocal middleweights have been feuding via social media for quite some time, but the UFC’s initial efforts to put Rockhold in a bout were focused on Lyoto Machida. As the demand for the former Strikeforce champion to meet the brash Brit hit a fever pitch recently and with no luck on the Lombard vs. Woodley front, officials opted for the Rockhold vs. Bisping headliner.