In news that should surprise no one, MMAJunkie.com reports that the UK’s most high-profile MMA export, Michael Bisping, has extended his contract with the UFC for eight more fights.
Bisping’s manager Anthony McGann broke the news to MMAJunkie and also revealed that The Count will be moving his training camp to Orange, California from the United Kingdom.
The light heavyweight winner of the third season of The Ultimate Fighter, Michael Bisping has established himself as a middleweight contender in the promotion by stringing together a 7-2 record in the division since making the cut from 205. Currently, he is riding a three-fight winning streak that includes victories over Dan Miller, Yoshihiro Akiyama and Jorge Rivera. His two defeats at 185lbs. have come against Dan Henderson and Wanderlei Silva; he was brutally rendered unconscious by Henderson back at UFC 100 in 2009 and most recently lost to Silva by decision at UFC 110 in early 2010.
Currently, Bisping is appearing in his second stint as a coach on The Ultimate Fighter, this time helming a team of featherweights and bantamweights opposite the newly-acquired (for the second time) Jason “Mayhem” Miller. The show is set to air on SpikeTV on September 21; upon the conclusion of the show, Miller and Bisping are to square off in the cage themselves.
The two will meet at The Ultimate Fighter 14 Finale this December 3 at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada.