The UFC will host another doubleheader of sorts this weekend, but it will be split over the course of two days.
First up is UFC Fight Night 55, which is headlined by Luke Rockhold vs. Michael Bisping. The entire card airs on Fight Pass beginning Friday night at 7:45 p.m. ET from Sydney, Australia.
On Saturday, UFC Fight Night 56 takes place from Brazil, with Mauricio “Shogun” Rua colliding with Ovince St. Preux in the headline bout. The main card airs on FOX Sports 1 at 10:30 p.m. ET after prelims on FOX Sports 2 (8 p.m. ET) and Fight Pass (7 p.m. ET).
So, with plenty of MMA coming your way, what should you look out for? Glad you asked, because here are three things that you need to pay attention to this weekend:
Can Michael Bisping finally win the big one when it matters most?
The UFC’s middleweight division is at a stand-still for the time being, as champion Chris Weidman and challenger Vitor Belfort will not fight until February. Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza is the de facto No. 1 contender, but that leaves everybody else fighting for survival.
Bisping has been near the top of the division for several years, but he’s always come up just short. A win over Rockhold, a former Strikeforce champion, would almost assure him of another future No. 1 contender match.
Can the Brit get it done? If the same “Count” that destroyed Cung Le shows up in Australia, Rockhold is going to have a mighty tough out on his hands.