|Association||Wolfslair MMA Academy|
|Weight Class||Middleweight (185 lbs.)|
|Height||6' 2" (188 cm)|
|Style||Muay Thai, Kickboxing, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu|
|Birth Date||February 28, 1979|
|Fighting Out Of||Widnes, England|
|The Counts Pictures||http://www.bisping.tv|
Michael Gavin Joseph Bisping is an English mixed martial artist from Clitheroe, Lancashire. He currently fights as a Middleweight in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), and is the former Cage Warriors Fighting Championship Light Heavyweight Champion, former FX3 Light Heavyweight Champion, and former Cage Rage Light Heavyweight Champion. Bisping is also the winner of The Ultimate Fighter 3 Light Heavyweight contest. His only losses are at the hands of the former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Rashad Evans, former PRIDE Welterweight(183lbs.) and Middleweight (205lbs.) champion Dan Henderson, and former PRIDE Middleweight (205lbs.) champion Wanderlei Silva.
The UFC has used Bisping as their poster-boy for promoting events in England.
|Record||23 - 5 - 0 (Win – Loss – Draw)|
|Loss||Vitor Belfort||TKO (Head Kick and Punches)||UFC on FX 7: Belfort vs. Bisping||1/19/2013||2||1:27|
|Win||Brian Stann||Decision (Unanimous)||UFC 152: Jones vs. Belfort||9/22/2012||3||5:00|
|Loss||Chael Sonnen||Decision (Unanimous)||UFC on FOX 2: Evans vs. Davis||1/28/2012||3||5:00||UFC Middleweight Championship eliminator|
|Win||Jason Miller||TKO (Knee to the Body and Punches)||UFC: The Ultimate Fighter 14 Finale||12/3/2011||3||3:34|
|Win||Jorge Rivera||TKO (Punches)||UFC 127: Penn vs. Fitch||2/27/2011||2||1:54|
|Win||Yoshihiro Akiyama||Decision (Unanimous)||UFC 120: Bisping vs. Akiyama||10/16/2010||3||5:00||Won Fight of the Night Honors|
|Win||Dan Miller||Decision (Unanimous)||UFC 114: Rampage vs. Evans||5/29/2010||3||5:00|
|Loss||Wanderlei Silva||Decision (Unanimous)||UFC 110: Nogueira vs. Velasquez||2/21/2010||3||5:00|
|Win||Denis Kang||TKO (Punches)||UFC 105: Couture vs. Vera||11/14/2009||2||4:24||Won Fight of the Night Honors|
|Loss||Dan Henderson||KO (Punch)||UFC 100||7/11/2009||2||3:20||For #1 Contender for UFC Middleweight Championship|
|Win||Chris Leben||Decision (Unanimous)||UFC 89: Bisping vs. Leben||October 18th, 2008||3||5:00||Leben suspended after fight after failing a drug test, testing positive for steroids|
|Win||Jason Day||TKO (Punches)||UFC 85: Bedlam||6/07/2008||1||3:42|
|Win||Charles McCarthy||TKO (Arm Injury)||UFC 83: Serra vs. St. Pierre 2||4/19/2008||1||5:00||Middleweight debut|
|Loss||Rashad Evans||Decision (Split)||UFC 78: Validation||11/17/2007||3||5:00|
|Win||Matt Hamill||Decision (Split)||UFC 75: Champion vs. Champion||9/08/2007||3||5:00||Very controversial split decision|
|Win||Elvis Sinosic||TKO (Punches)||UFC 70: Nations Collide||4/21/2007||2||1:20||Won Fight of the Night Honors|
|Win||Eric Schafer||TKO (Punches)||UFC 66: Liddell vs. Ortiz II||12/30/2006||1||4:24|
|Win||Josh Haynes||TKO (Punches)||The Ultimate Fighter 3 Finale||6/24/2006||2||4:14||UFC debut; Won The Ultimate Fighter 3 Light Heavyweight Tournament|
|Win||Ross Pointon||Submission (Armbar)||CWFC: Strike Force 4||11/26/2005||1||2:00||Defended Cage Force Light Heavyweight Championship|
|Win||Jakob Lovstad||Submission (Strikes)||CWFC: Strike Force 3||10/01/2005||1||1:10||Defended Cage Force Light Heavyweight Championship|
|Win||Miika Mehmet||TKO (Corner Stoppage)||CWFC: Strike Force 2||7/16/2005||1||3:01||Defended Cage Force Light Heavyweight Championship|
|Win||Alex Cook||Submission (Choke)||FX3: Xplosion||6/18/2005||1||3:21||Won FX3 Light Heavyweight Championship|
|Win||Dave Radford||TKO||CWFC: Ultimate Force||4/30/2005||1||2:46||Won vacant Cage Force Light Heavyweight Championship|
|Win||Mark Epstein||KO (Punch)||CR 9: No Mercy||11/27/2004||3||4:43||Defended Cage Rage Light Heavyweight Championship|
|Win||Andy Bridges||KO||P & G 3: Glory Days||8/07/2004||1||0:45|
|Win||Mark Epstein||TKO (Punches and Knees)||CR 7: Battle of Britain||7/10/2004||2||1:27||Won Cage Rage Light Heavyweight Championship|
|Win||John Weir||TKO||UKMMAC 7: Rage and Fury||5/30/2004||1||0:50|
|Win||Steve Mathews||Submission (Armbar)||P & G 2: Battle of the Ages||4/10/2004||1||0:38|
Bisping was born in Cyprus in 1979, but moved to Clitheroe, Lancashire, England when he was a child. Taking an early interest in martial arts, Bisping began training in a traditional form of jujutsu known as Yawara Ryu under Paul Lloyd Davies when he was 8 years old. In 1994, at the age of 15, Bisping competed as an amateur in England's first "no holds barred" competition, a precursor to modern MMA, called Knock Down Sport Budo (KSBO), organized by Davies.
At the age of 18, Bisping decided to abandon his martial arts training in order "to pursue real life". But less than a year later Bisping began training Kickboxing and Karate on the advice of Alan Clarking, owner of Black Knights gym, who saw potential in the young fighter. Bisping enjoyed a short, but successful, kickboxing career, winning the North West Area title, and later the Pro British light heavyweight kickboxing title. After again briefly quitting competition in 1998, Bisping returned to kickboxing to take the Pro British light heavyweight title for a second time. Soon after winning his second kickboxing title, Bisping was forced to abandon his full-time training for a "real job." Bisping worked in factories, slaughterhouses, as an upholsterer, a postman, a tiler, a plasterer, a double-glazing door salesman, and also a fairly successful DJ around the north-west club scene.
As his days of competition faded away, Bisping grew to miss fighting and training, and in 2003, he tracked down his old coach Paul Lloyd Davies. Davies, who was then coaching at Master Salahs mixed martial arts gym in Manchester, encouraged Bisping to visit his gym, and it was there that Bisping first learned about the new sport of mixed martial arts. After one day of sparring, Davies offered to train and manage Bisping as an MMA fighter.
Mixed Martial Arts Career
Bisping made his professional mixed martial arts debut at Pride & Glory 2: Battle of the Ages on April 4, 2004, taking a 0:38 Armbar victory over Steve Mathews. Just one month later, Bisping scored his first knockout against John Weir at UK MMA Challenge 7: Rage & Fury. In his third MMA match, Bisping became the Cage Rage light heavyweight champion at Cage Rage 7, defeating Mark Epstein by technical knockout. Bisping went on to defend his championship title in a rematch against Epstein at Cage Rage 9 in a knockout victory that solidified Bisping as one of the top light heavyweight fighters in England. It also earned him the moniker "The Great British Hope", by UFC.com.
At The Ultimate Fight Club UK: Natural Instinct on January 29, 2005, Bisping made his cage kickboxing debut against David Brown in a light heavyweight contest. With Brown badly cut, Bisping picked up the win via medical stoppage in round two.
Bisping, who trains with the Wolfslair MMA Academy, the professional fight team of Cage Warriors, made his debut for the promotion at Ultimate Force on April 30, 2005, defeating Dave Radford to win the vacant Cage Warriors light heavyweight title. Bisping then competed in another light heavyweight cage kickboxing contest, against Cyrille Diabate at CWFC: Strike Force 1 on May 21, 2005, losing to Diabaté via decision after the end of the first extra round. He captured FX3 light-heavyweight title on June 18, 2005 and was reigning on UK's major federations. In his first Cage Warriors title defense, Bisping defeated Miika Mehmet at CWFC: Strike Force 2, on July 16, 2005.
In September 2005, Cage Rage stripped the light heavyweight title from Bisping due to "management issues that Michael currently has", though Cage Warriors however stated that "Bisping was willing to defend his title but is being punished by Cage Rage due to his Wolfslair and Cage Warriors links". Towards the end of 2005, Bisping continued to successfully defend the Cage Warriors title against Jakob Lovstad, and Ross Pointon in the CWFC: Strike Force series of events, leading to a record of 10 wins and no losses.
In a December 2008 interview, Cruiserweight boxer Enzo Maccarinelli said he would be confident of knocking out Bisping if he were to switch from boxing to MMA.
In early 2006 Bisping was featured on the UFC's The Ultimate Fighter 3 reality television series as a contestant training under Tito Ortiz. He won a preliminary bout against Kristian Rothaermel by TKO, followed by a semi-final win against Ross Pointon, whom he had previously defeated while defending his Cage Force Light Heavyweight Championship, by submission after landing a Flying Knee and a series of strikes. In the finals, Bisping defeated Josh Haynes by TKO at 4:14 into the second round, making Bisping the second Light Heavyweight winner of The Ultimate Fighter television series.
Five months after his victory in the The Ultimate Fighter 3 finals, Bisping was slated to fight Eric Schafer at The Ultimate Fighter 4 Finale, but withdrew because of problems acquiring his visa. The fight was re-scheduled and held on December 30 at UFC 66. Bisping defeated Schafer by TKO at 4:24 in the first round.
On April 21, 2007 Bisping scored a TKO win over Elvis Sinosic at UFC 70 in Manchester, England. Sinosic came out fighting, and Bisping eagerly obliged, firing back before throwing the Australian to the canvas. Bisping then launched a vicious ground and pound attack, opening a cut on Sinosic's forehead. In the second round Bisping was knocked down from a knee. Then Sinosic almost secured a kimura before Bisping reversed and pounded away until Steve Mazzagatti stopped the bout at 1:40 of the second round.
Bisping was a special guest referee at the Cage Warriors events Enter The Wolfslair on March 5, 2005, and CWFC: Strike Force 6 on May 27, 2006.
On September 8, 2007 Bisping faced former The Ultimate Fighter 3 rival Matt Hamill in London, England and won a controversial split decision after 3 rounds. Hamill pushed the pace and took Bisping down numerous times in the first two rounds, with Bisping hitting solid strikes and blocking numerous takedown attempts towards the end of the second and in the third round. One judge scored 29-28 for Bisping, another 30-27 for Hamill and the split decision of 29-28 for Bisping as the winner. The American crowd blamed the result on being in Bisping's home country, however the lone British judge voted for Hamill while both American judges scored for Bisping.
Bisping's next match at UFC 78 against fellow Ultimate fighter winner Rashad Evans resulted in his first and only loss, via split decision - 29-28 29-28 28-29 for Evans. Bisping, admitting he had luck in getting the nod over Hamill, accepted his loss to Evans.
Move to Middleweight
After his loss to Rashad Evans, Bisping announced his decision to drop down to the middleweight division, and on April 19th 2008 at UFC 83 Bisping made his debut as a Middleweight against Charles McCarthy. Bisping won by TKO as McCarthy was unable to continue after the first round due to a forearm injury he sustained after receiving an unanswered series of knees and uppercuts from Bisping.
Bisping's next fight, and second at 185 lb (84 kg), was on June 7th 2008 at UFC 85 in London, against Jason Day. Bisping was originally set to face Chris Leben, but Jason Day stepped in as Leben was incarcerated for 35 days and unable to compete. Bisping won the fight in dominant fashion in the first round, securing two takedowns and applying a high paced pressure; it was his second first round TKO in a row.
Bisping headlined UFC 89 on October 18, in a matchup against Chris Leben, who Bisping was supposed to face in UFC 85. Bisping won a unanimous decision. The judges scored the fight 30-27 (twice), and 29-28 for Bisping. Bisping used effective counter punching in the fight to keep the aggressive Leben at bay. After the fight Leben tested positive for Stanozolol and was suspended for nine months.
After the fight with Leben, Bisping was confirmed as one of the coaches on the ninth season of The Ultimate Fighter. The other coach was American, former PRIDE Middleweight and Welterweight Champion Dan Henderson and the two will fight at the end of the show. The fight is set for July 11th, 2009 at Mandalay Bay at UFC 100. The fight will be an eliminator for the UFC Middleweight Championship number one contender spot. Michael had received a high-end Land Rover for being a coach on the show, along with Dan Henderson. It should be noted that both winners of The Ultimate Fighter 9, Ross Pearson (Lightweight) and James Wilks (Welterweight), were coached by Bisping.
On July 11, 2009 at UFC 100, Dan Henderson defeated Michael Bisping in convincing fashion, knocking the brit out cold with a flush right hook as Bisping circled to his left. Bisping always seemed tentative on his feet throughout the bout, very wary of the power of Henderson's standup.
Bisping was then scheduled to return at UFC 105: Couture vs. Vera, which took place in Manchester, England on November 15, 2009 against Denis Kang. Bisping TKO'd Kang in the 2nd round. Kang dropped Bisping with a right hand in the first round which stunned Bisping. Kang followed Bisping to the floor and attempted submissions, but Bisping defended well and neutralised Kang's attacks despite Kang briefly having full mount. In the 2nd round Bisping secured a single-leg takedown and the complexion of the fight changed. He unleashed a viscious ground and pound attack on the Canadian, which Kang failed to recover from. The fight was awarded fight of the night, giving both Kang and Bisping a $40,000 bonus check.
Bisping returned to action at UFC 110: Nogueira vs. Velasquez on February 20, 2010 to face off against MMA legend and former PRIDE Middleweight (205 lbs.) Champion Wanderlei Silva. The bout was Silva's first bout at 185 lbs., as his last fight was at a catchweight of 195 lbs. Silva came in quite a bit more technical, rather than his usual brawling style. Bisping scored points with his takedowns and some impressive kickboxing. The bout appeared to be up in the air up until the final seconds, but Silva dug deep and earned the Decision (Unanimous) win with the final attack, claiming the fight 29-28 on all three judges' cards. Bisping was not pleased by the judges decision.
- "I don't know," Bisping said. "It was a close fight. Personally, I think I won rounds one and two."
- "Personally, apart from the guillotine – and I got dropped in the third round – but apart from the guillotine attempt off the takedown in the second round, as far as round two, I really didn't have any offense come my way. I felt I clearly won those two rounds."
Bisping then returned on May 29, 2010 at UFC 114: Rampage vs. Evans, where he faced off against Dan Miller. Bisping gained more and more confidence as the fight wore on. The comfort allowed him to sit in the pocket and unload his preferred tool – an overhand right – with increasing accuracy. By the third round, Miller's nose had a steady trickle of blood, and both eyes began swelling. But unwilling to roll over, he continued pushing the pace and delivered as many punches as he ate. But unable to take the fight to the mat, until midway through the final round, Miller never really put his opponent in trouble. In the end, Bisping swept the judges' cards and earned the unanimous-decision victory via scores of 30-27, 30-27 and 29-28.
Bisping has two children, with his wife, Rebecca. Bisping's hero is Randy Couture. Michael has family scattered around the globe. He has family in Germany, England, and the United States of America. Bisping is hugely popular in his native UK, winning "Fighter of the Year" ahead of boxer Ricky Hatton in best-selling men's magazine Nuts in 2008. He was also voted "Coolest Man in the UK" by readers of Zoo magazine, beating the likes of Daniel Craig and Noel Gallagher.
Ranks and Titles
- 1995 Silver medal at World Jiu-Jitsu championships
- 5X British kickboxing champion
- British Sport jiu-jitsu champion numerous times
- Cage Rage Light Heavyweight Champion (defended title once before being stripped of title)
- Cage Warriors Light Heavyweight Champion (defended title three times)
- FX3 Light Heavyweight Champion
- The Ultimate Fighter 3 tournament winner