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Michael Bisping

Born Michael Gavin Joseph Bisping
February 28, 1979 (1979-02-28) (age 31)
Other names The Count
Nationality England English
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight 185 lb (84 kg; 13.2 st)
Division 185 (2008–present)
205 (2004–2007)
Style Kickboxing, Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Fighting out of Liverpool, England
Team Wolfslair MMA Academy
Years active 2004–present
MMA record
Total 21
Wins 18
By knockout 11
By submission 4
By decision 2
Losses 3
By knockout 1
By decision 2
Other information
Official website
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog
last updated on: October 09, 2009

Michael Gavin Joseph Bisping (born February 28, 1979) is an English mixed martial artist (MMA) born in Cyprus but living in Clitheroe, Lancashire. He currently fights as a middleweight in the Ultimate Fighting Championship and is the former Cage Warriors Fighting Championship light heavyweight champion and former Cage Rage light heavyweight champion.


Mixed martial arts career


Early career

Bisping made his professional mixed martial arts debut at Pride & Glory 2: Battle of the Ages on April 4, 2004, taking a 0:38 armbar victory over Steve Mathews. Just one month later, Bisping scored his first knockout against John Weir at UK MMA Challenge 7: Rage & Fury. In his third MMA match, Bisping became the Cage Rage light heavyweight champion at Cage Rage 7, defeating Mark Epstein by technical knockout. Bisping went on to defend his championship title in a rematch against Epstein at Cage Rage 9 in a knockout victory that solidified Bisping as one of the top light heavyweight fighters in England. It also earned him the moniker "The Great British Hope", by[1]

At The Ultimate Fight Club UK: Natural Instinct on January 29, 2005, Bisping made his cage kickboxing debut against David Brown in a light heavyweight contest. With Brown badly cut, Bisping picked up the win via medical stoppage in round two.

Bisping, who trains with the Wolfslair MMA Academy, the professional fight team of Cage Warriors, made his debut for the promotion at Ultimate Force on April 30, 2005, defeating Dave Radford to win the vacant Cage Warriors light heavyweight title. Bisping then competed in another light heavyweight cage kickboxing contest, against Cyrille Diabate at CWFC: Strike Force 1 on May 21, 2005, losing to Diabaté via decision after the end of the first extra round. He captured FX3 light-heavyweight title on June 18, 2005 and was reigning on UK's major federations. In his first Cage Warriors title defense, Bisping defeated Miika Mehmet at CWFC: Strike Force 2, on July 16, 2005.

In September 2005, Cage Rage stripped the light heavyweight title from Bisping due to "management issues that Michael currently has",[2] though Cage Warriors however stated that "Bisping was willing to defend his title but is being punished by Cage Rage due to his Wolfslair and Cage Warriors links".[3] Towards the end of 2005, Bisping continued to successfully defend the Cage Warriors title against Jakob Lovstad[4], and Ross Pointon in the CWFC: Strike Force series of events, leading to a record of 10 wins and no losses.

Ultimate Fighting Championship

In early 2006 Bisping was featured on the UFCs The Ultimate Fighter reality television series as a contestant training under Tito Ortiz. He won a preliminary bout against Kristian Rothaermel by TKO, followed by a semi-final win against Ross Pointon by submission after landing a flying knee and a series of strikes. In the finals, Bisping defeated Josh Haynes by TKO at 4:14 into the second round, making Bisping the second light heavyweight winner of The Ultimate Fighter television series.

Five months after his victory in the TUF 3 finals, Bisping was slated to fight Eric Schafer at The Ultimate Fighter 4 Finale, but withdrew because of problems acquiring his visa.[5] The fight was re-scheduled and held on December 30 at UFC 66. Bisping defeated Schafer by TKO at 4:24 in the first round.[6]

On April 21, 2007 Bisping scored a TKO win over Elvis Sinosic at UFC 70 in Manchester, England.[7] Sinosic came out fighting, and Bisping eagerly obliged, firing back before throwing the Australian to the canvas.[8] Bisping then launched a vicious ground and pound attack, opening a cut on Sinosic's forehead.[9] In the second round Bisping was knocked down from a knee.[10] Then Sinosic almost secured a kimura[8] before Bisping reversed and pounded away until Steve Mazzagatti stopped the bout at 1:40 of the second round.[8]

Bisping was a special guest referee at the Cage Warriors events Enter The Wolfslair on March 5, 2005, and CWFC: Strike Force 6 on May 27, 2006.[11]

On September 8, 2007 Bisping faced former Ultimate Fighter 3 rival Matt Hamill in London, England and won a controversial split decision after 3 rounds. Hamill pushed the pace and took Bisping down numerous times in the first two rounds, with Bisping hitting solid strikes and blocking numerous takedown attempts towards the end of the second and in the third round. One judge scored 29-28 for Bisping, another 30-27 for Hamill and the split decision of 29-28 for Bisping as the winner. The American crowd blamed the result on being in Bisping's home country, however the lone British judge voted for Hamill while both American judges scored for Bisping.

Bisping's next match at UFC 78 against fellow Ultimate Fighter winner Rashad Evans resulted in his first loss, via split decision - 29-28 29-28 28-29 for Evans.[12] Bisping, admitting he had luck in getting the nod over Hamill, accepted his loss to Evans.

Move to middleweight

After his loss to Rashad Evans, Bisping realised that he would have a difficult time maintaining a suitable record against the more rounded light heavyweight division and decided to drop to middleweight. [13] and on April 19, 2008 at UFC 83, Bisping made his debut as a Middleweight against Charles McCarthy who had a rather lackluster record in MMA. Bisping won by TKO, as McCarthy was unable to continue after the first round due to a forearm injury he sustained after receiving an unanswered series of knees and uppercuts from Bisping.[14]

Bisping's next fight (and second at 185 lb (84 kg)), was on June 7, 2008 at UFC 85 in London, against Jason Day. Bisping was originally set to face Chris Leben, but Jason Day stepped in as Leben was incarcerated for 35 days and unable to compete.[15] Bisping won the fight in dominant fashion in the first round, securing two takedowns and applying a high paced pressure; it was his second 1st round TKO in a row.[16]

Bisping headlined UFC 89 on October 18, in a matchup against Chris Leben, who Bisping was supposed to face in UFC 85.[15] [17] Bisping won a unanimous decision. The judges scored the fight 30-27 (twice), and 29-28 for Bisping.[18] Bisping used effective counter punching in the fight to keep the aggressive Leben at bay.[19] After the fight Leben tested positive for Stanozolol and was suspended for nine months.[20][21]

After the fight with Leben, Bisping was confirmed as one of the coaches on the ninth season of The Ultimate Fighter.[22][23] The other coach was American Dan Henderson, whom Bisping would fight after the show ended, on July 11, 2009 at Mandalay Bay at UFC 100.[24] The fight was believed to be an eliminator for the UFC Middleweight Championship top contender spot. Michael had received a high-end Land Rover for being a coach on the show, along with Dan Henderson.

On July 11 at UFC 100, Michael Bisping was knocked out by Dan Henderson in the second round with a flush right hook while Bisping was circling to his left. Henderson followed up with another hard right hand after Bisping had fallen to the ground before the fight was stopped. It marked the first occasion Bisping had ever conceded a KO loss and also only his second loss in his MMA career to date.

Bisping faced Spirit MC & Pride veteran Denis Kang on November 14, 2009 at UFC 105.[25] Bisping TKO'd Kang in the 2nd round.[26] Kang dropped Bisping with a right hand in the first round which stunned Bisping.[27] Kang followed Bisping to the floor and attempted submissions, but Bisping defended well and neutralised Kang's attacks despite Kang briefly having full mount.[26] In the 2nd round Bisping secured a single-leg takedown and the complexion of the fight changed. He unleashed a ground and pound attack on the Canadian, which Kang failed to recover from.[28] The fight was awarded "Fight of the Night" giving both Kang and Bisping a $40,000 bonus.[29]

Bisping next faced former PRIDE Middleweight Champion Wanderlei Silva on February 21, 2010 at UFC 110.[30] The fight was fairly even with both men landing takedowns and various strikes. However, Wanderlei Silva's ability to flurry in the final seconds of the second and third rounds, two knockdowns and an attempted guillotine choke contributed to his victory by a close unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28).[31][32]

Bisping is expected to face Dan Miller on May 29, 2010 at UFC 114.[33]

Personal life

Bisping has two children, with his girlfriend, Rebecca.[34] The couple is currently expecting their third child.[35]

Bisping's hero is Randy Couture. Michael has family scattered around the globe. He has family in Germany, England, and the United States.[36] Bisping is hugely popular in his native UK, winning "Fighter of the Year" ahead of boxer Ricky Hatton in best-selling men's magazine Nuts in 2008.[37] He was also voted "Coolest Man in the UK" by readers of Zoo magazine, beating the likes of Daniel Craig and Noel Gallagher.[38]

Championships & Awards

Cage Rage

Cage Rage Light Heavyweight Championship


FX3 Light Heavyweight Championship

Ultimate Fighting Championship

The Ultimate Fighter 3 Light Heavyweight Tournament Winner
Fight of the Night Honours x2

Mixed martial arts record

Result Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 18-3 Brazil Wanderlei Silva Decision (Unanimous) UFC 110: Nogueira vs. Velasquez 02010-02-20 February 20, 2010 3 5:00 Sydney, Australia
Win 18-2 Canada Denis Kang TKO (Strikes) UFC 105: Couture vs. Vera 02009-11-14 November 14, 2009 2 4:24 Manchester, England Won Fight of the Night Honours
Loss 17-2 United States Dan Henderson KO (Punch) UFC 100 02009-07-11 July 11, 2009 2 3:20 Las Vegas, Nevada
Win 17-1 United States Chris Leben Decision (Unanimous) UFC 89: Bisping vs. Leben 02008-10-18 October 18, 2008 3 5:00 Birmingham, England Chris Leben tested positive for steroids after this fight.
Win 16-1 Canada Jason Day TKO (Punches) UFC 85: Bedlam 02008-06-07 June 7, 2008 1 3:42 London, England
Win 15-1 United States Charles McCarthy TKO (Arm Injury) UFC 83: Serra vs. St-Pierre II 02008-04-19 April 19, 2008 1 5:00 Montreal, Quebec, Canada UFC Middleweight Debut
Loss 14-1 United States Rashad Evans Decision (Split) UFC 78: Validation 02007-11-17 November 17, 2007 3 5:00 Newark, NJ, United States
Win 14-0 United States Matt Hamill Decision (Split) UFC 75: Champion vs. Champion 02007-09-08 September 8, 2007 3 5:00 London, England
Win 13-0 Australia Elvis Sinosic TKO (Punches) UFC 70: Nations Collide 02007-04-21 April 21, 2007 2 1:40 Manchester, England Won Fight of the Night Honours
Win 12-0 United States Eric Schafer TKO (Punches) UFC 66: Liddell vs Ortiz II 02006-12-30 December 30, 2006 1 4:24 Las Vegas, NV, United States
Win 11-0 United States Josh Haynes TKO (Punches) The Ultimate Fighter 3 Finale 02006-06-24 June 24, 2006 2 4:14 Las Vegas, NV, United States Won The Ultimate Fighter 3 light heavyweight contest
Win 10-0 England Ross Pointon Submission (Armbar) CWFC - Strike Force 4 02005-11-26 November 26, 2005 1 2:00 Coventry, England
Win 9-0 Norway Jakob Lovstad Submission (Strikes) CWFC - Strike Force 3 02005-10-01 October 1, 2005 1 1:10 Coventry, England
Win 8-0 Finland Miika Mehmet TKO (Corner Stoppage) CWFC - Strike Force 2 02005-07-16 July 16, 2005 1 3:01 Coventry, England
Win 7-0 England Alex Cook Submission (Choke) FX3 - Xplosion 02005-06-18 June 18, 2005 1 3:21 Reading, England Won FX3 Light Heavyweight Championship
Win 6-0 England Dave Radford TKO CWFC - Ultimate Force 02005-04-30 April 30, 2005 1 2:46 Sheffield, England
Win 5-0 England Mark Epstein KO Cage Rage 9 - No Mercy 02004-11-27 November 27, 2004 3 4:43 London, England
Win 4-0 England Andy Bridges KO P & G 3 - Glory Days 02004-08-07 August 7, 2004 1 0:45 Newcastle, England
Win 3-0 England Mark Epstein TKO Cage Rage 7 - Battle of Britain 02004-07-10 July 10, 2004 2 1:27 London, England Won Cage Rage Light Heavyweight Championship
Win 2-0 England John Weir TKO UKMMAC 7 - Rage & Fury 02004-05-30 May 30, 2004 1 0:50 Essex, England
Win 1-0 England Steve Mathews Submission P & G 2 - Battle of the Ages 02004-04-10 April 10, 2004 1 0:38 Eldon Square, England


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  14. ^ Bisping fells "Chainsaw" Charles in first round knockout - Clitheroe Today
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