A UFC middleweight bout is in the works for Manchester’s next card, which will pit Mark Munoz against Michael Bisping. This news comes via MMA Junkie:
MMA Junkie has learned from sources close to the event that Michael Bisping (24-5 MMA, 14-5 UFC) and Mark Munoz (13-3 MMA, 8-3 UFC) have verbally agreed to meet at an as-yet-unnamed UFC event tentatively scheduled for Oct. 26 in Manchester, England.
Both of these middleweights will look to move up the ladder in hopes of a title shot, which will be defended by Chris Weidman against Anderson Silva at UFC 168. Munoz almost had a chance to fight for the belt, but was derailed by Weidman back in 2012. Weidman would land a devastating elbow, sending him to the canvas, only to be beaten repeatedly until the ref stepped in. The loss sent Munoz into a depression, where he would balloon up to 260 pounds. Munoz battled back, however, defeating Tim Boetsch in his latest outing.
Just like Munoz, Bisping also had the chance to fight for the belt when he faced the powerful striker in Vitor Belfort. Belfort would land a devastating head kick to Bisping, sending him to the canvas. Bisping would also rebound when he faced Alan Belcher, where he put on a boxing clinic.
The story of this bout may come down to the ground game. Munoz is one of the best wrestlers in the middleweight division, and Bisping has some of the best takedown defense. So who will come out the victor when these two middleweights battle it out for a chance to be a title contender? Stay tuned.