6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) / 185 lb (84 kg; 13 st 3 lb) / Middleweight
England’s own and probably the most successful British fighter to ever compete in the UFC which none other than, Michael “The Count” Bisping. Not only is Bisping one of the best trash talkers, but he is also one of the fighters that showed tremendous heart inside the Octagon.
The Ultimate Fighter Champion
Bisping started competing at MMA back in 2004 and had his major opportunity when he joined The Ultimate Fighter TV series. He started his career as a light-heavyweight and eventually won the whole series.
Once a fighter wins the series, he is guaranteed a UFC contract. His first fight was against Eric Schafer where he won the fight via TKO in the first round. Bisping made an impressive run winning his first three fights via knockout but then when competition increased, Bisping had difficulty especially against bigger guys.
His first loss was against Rashad Evans who went on to become the UFC light-heavyweight champion. There is no shame in losing to a future champion, but Bisping decided to move down to middleweight.
When Bisping moved down, it turned to be one of the best decisions he ever made. He won his first three fights beating Charles McCarthy, Jason Day, and Chris Leben. UFC granted him a title eliminator fight against Dan Henderson, the winner would eventually fight for the title next.
Bisping vs Henderson 1
Unfortunately for Bisping, Henderson landed the H-Bomb that put him to sleep, it was one of the most brutal knockouts in UFC history. Dan Henderson was known as one of the most powerful punchers in MMA history. Tough luck but Bisping did not give up and climbed the rankings once again.
He beat Denis Kang via unanimous decision at UFC 105 and then lost to Wanderlei Silva via unanimous decision.
For those that are not aware, Michael Bisping may not have been the most talented fighter the sports has ever seen but he was one of the fighters that did not give up despite suffering many losses.
Bisping usually goes on a winning streak but always fell short in title eliminators. He went on to win 4 straight before losing in a title eliminator against Chael Sonnen. Although the fight had great exchanges on the mic since Sonnen and Bisping are known for their trash talks.
Bisping’s injury against Belfort
One of the career-altering losses for Bisping was when he faced Vitor Belfort where he suffered an eye injury that carried out throughout his whole career. It basically made Bisping become a one-eyed fighter. Although Bisping kept it a secret from the public so that he could still continue fighting.
Fighting at a high level in MMA is hard enough, how much more if the fighter only has one functioning eye but Bisping still pushed through. It was hard since when he fought against top talented fighters like Luke Rockhold and Tim Kennedy, he would lose.
Bisping looked like he would just be a gatekeeper against rising contenders but would never even fight for the title once. Credit for Bisping for not giving up, he still believed in himself and focused on winning.
Bisping went on to beat CB Dolloway and Thales Leites, all via decision. He then got an opportunity to fight all-time great and former Middleweight Champion, Anderson Silva. Bisping had a performance for the ages, he proved that he wanted to win more and he did.
Although at the last seconds of round 4, Bisping’s mouthpiece went out and he pointed it out with referee, Herb Dean. While in that moment, Anderson Silva landed a flying knee that knocked Bisping out just about the end of the round. Silva celebrated as if he won the fight but the Dean did not waive the fight off and continued the next round. Bisping went on to win via unanimous decision.
Shocking the WORLD!
Just weeks before Weidman vs Rockhold 2, it was canceled due to Weidman’s injury. Bisping was more than ready for the opportunity of a lifetime. Obviously, he was expected to lose since Rockhold already beat him and he took the fight on short notice. Bisping was a heavy underdog but Bisping couldn’t let this opportunity slip.
Rockhold may have been overconfident and underestimated Bisping, putting his hands down. That was when Bisping landed a hook that rocked Luke Rockhold, and then Bisping went for the finish. On that night, Bisping became the new middleweight champion, and considering how he did it with just one eye is jaw-dropping.
Bisping called out Dan Henderson who knocked him out before and wanted to avenge his loss. Although fans did not like the match-up since Henderson was not even a top 10 ranked fighter at that time.
In the fight, Bisping may have won the majority of the rounds but there were moments that he got hurt badly. Bisping successfully defended his belt for the first time. He then got injured forcing an interim title fight for Whittaker vs Romero.
Bisping vs GSP
Once it was ready for unification, Whittaker was injured, in goes GSP’s return. It was a super fight that Bisping accepted as it not only gives an opportunity to fight GSP but also he gets a massive payday.
Bisping was also the bigger guy and has been active while GSP has not fought since he vacated his belt at welterweight. GSP was much faster and athletic but Bisping was getting better as the fight went on. Unfortunately, GSP timed a counter that led to a rear-naked choke that put Bisping to sleep.
Just 3 weeks after losing his belt, he fought again against Kelvin Gastelum. It was not a good idea considering he was coming off a brutal loss. Gastelum knocked him out brutally in the first round then Bisping decided to hang it up for good.
Overall, Bisping had a fantastic career as an MMA, he was and still is against fighters that used PEDs.