It’s been a long time coming for Michael “The Count” Bisping, but he’s finally getting a crack at the UFC middleweight title.
A perenial contender, Bisping has always fallen short in big fights that would’ve set him up for a title shot. However, the stars have seemingly aligned for the Brit, and he’s now set for the biggest fight of his career at UFC 199 as he takes on current champ Luke Rockhold.
Dana White made the fight announcement via Instagram today:
Following Chris Weidman’s withdrawal from UFC 199, Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza was the front-runner as his late replacement. However, even though the Brazilian is coming off a quick TKO victory over former champ Vitor Belfort last weekend, he’s also due for knee surgery.
With that, Bisping, who’s coming off a hard-fought decision win over Anderson Silva last February, is in the right place at the right time. Next month, he’ll be fighting for the belt for the first time in his almost decade-long career with the UFC.
Bisping will likely be the underdog in this bout, not only because he’s entering the fight on short notice but also because Rockhold already holds a win over him: a 2nd-round submission win via guillotine choke in 2014.
This may not be the ideal title shot “The Count” was hoping for, but for someone who’s been chasing it for far too long, it’s no doubt a shot he’s willing to take.