A pivotal showdown between Top 10 middleweights Mark Munoz
Bisping is expected to headline an Ultimate Fighting
Championship card in Manchester on Oct. 26.
first reported the booking on Friday, although the promotion
has yet to announce the matchup.The UFC was last in England for UFC
on Fuel TV 7, which took place at Wembley Arena in London. The Las
Vegas-based organization has not been to Manchester since Nov. 14,
2009, when Randy
Couture vs. Brandon Vera
headlined UFC 105.
After nearly a year-long hiatus, Munoz made a successful return to
the Octagon at UFC 162, utilizing his vicious ground-and-pound to
earn a unanimous verdict against Tim Boetsch.
Prior to that victory, “The Filipino Wrecking Machine” had a
four-fight winning streak halted in brutal fashion, as he was
knocked out in the second round by current middleweight king
Weidman at UFC on Fuel TV 4.
Like Munoz, Bisping also recently rebounded from a devastating
knockout loss. After falling victim to a Vitor
Belfort head kick at UFC on FX 7 in January, “The Count”
captured a technical decision over Alan
Belcher at UFC 159. The Manchester native has won six of his
last eight fights in the UFC.