Michael Bisping. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Two of the UK’s biggest MMA stars will likely be in action when the Ultimate Fighting Championship returns to Manchester, England for UFC 105 on November 14.
According to Fighters Only Magazine, Michael Bisping will reportedly attempt to bounce back from a devastating knockout loss to Dan Henderson against longtime veteran Denis Kang. Rising UFC welterweight contender Dan Hardy could also put a six-fight winning streak on the line against undefeated Koran striker Dong Hyun Kim.
Despite finding above-average success at light heavyweight, Bisping opted to drop down to the UFC’s middleweight division last year and won three straight bouts, the most high-profile victory coming over Chris Leben. Bisping then signed on to coach opposite former two-division PRIDE champ Dan Henderson on the ninth season of “The Ultimate Fighter” reality show and coached Team UK to victory, but suffered a brutal knockout loss to Henderson during their fight at UFC 100 in July.
Kang has struggled since nearly winning PRIDE’s welterweight grand prix tournament in 2006, losing three out of his seven professional bouts. Kang has split his two UFC bouts to date. He was surprisingly submitted by Alan Belcher in his UFC debut at UFC 93 in January, but bounced back to win a unanimous decision over Xavier Foupa-Pokam at UFC 97 in April.
Hardy has thrived since signing with the UFC after spending the early portion of his career fighting primarily overseas. “The Outlaw” has knocked off his first three UFC opponents, winning a pair of split decisions over Akihiro Gono and Marcus Davis respectively as well as delivering a highlight reel stoppage of Rory Markham.
After stringing together seven wins and one draw in Japan’s DEEP promotion, Kim continued his winning ways in the UFC, knocking off Jason Tan and Matt Brown in his first two bouts with the organization. Kim ended up dropping a razor-close split decision to Karo Parisyan at UFC 94 in January, but the fight was changed to a no-contest after Parisyan tested positive for painkillers following the event. “Stun Gun” last fought at UFC 100, earning a unanimous decision over T.J. Grant.
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