For years now I have been waiting for an English UFC event headlined by two fighters that I really want to see. After a few mediocre events flew under my radar, it seems that Mark Munoz vs. Michael Bisping might be the UK based UFC event that brings my wallet out.
Sources close to MMAJunkie.com have revealed that The Count and The Filipino Wrecking Machine have verbally agreed to the bout. The date is not set in stone as of yet, but an event is scheduled to take part in the later half of this year, on British soil.
Bisping is coming off a (technical) decision victory over Alan Belcher at UFC 159, a win that was a comeback after a devastating KO loss to Vitor Belfort. Similarly, Munoz came back from his brutal loss to Chris Weidman with an annhialation of Tim Boetsch at UFC 162.
For a long time, Bisping hovered around the top end of the UFC’s Middleweight division. He never received a title shot, although he voiced his opinion regularly about his worthiness, and losses to Dan Henderson, Wnderlei Silva, Chael Sonnen and Belfort have set The Count back in the queue.
Munoz was on an absolute tear at 185lbs. before meeting Chris Weidman at UFC on Fuel in July of 2012. Many were rallying for Munoz to get a title shot, an opportunity that was snatched from him by the current champion. How different things could have been had Munoz beat Weidman.
I actually think this is a very interesting fight, and one that makes sense for the division right now. Bisping is eager to start fighting at a higher level, and a win for Munoz would likely put him back in the title picture. The question is: Who takes this one?