Luke Rockhold will face Michael Bisping on Nov. 8. | Dave Mandel/Sherdog.com
Luke Rockhold and Michael Bisping have been trading verbal jabs for some time now. In approximately two months, the middleweight rivals will trade punches for real inside the Octagon.
The UFC announced on Friday that Rockhold and Bisping will headline a Nov. 8 UFC Fight Night event in Sydney, Australia. No other bouts have been announced for the card, which takes place at the Allphones Arena and airs on UFC Fight Pass.
Rockhold had originally been rumored for a showdown with former 185-pound No. 1 contender Lyoto Machida, but that pairing did not come to fruition.
A former Strikeforce middleweight titlist, Rockhold enters the bout on a two-fight winning streak. After suffering a brutal knockout loss to Vitor Belfort in his promotional debut, the American Kickboxing Academy product has posted back-to-back first round stoppages against Costas Philippou and Tim Boetsch in 2014.
After nearly a year on the sidelines due to eye surgery, Bisping dropped a five-round verdict to Tim Kennedy in his Octagon return at “The Ultimate Fighter: Nations” finale in April. “The Count” rebounded to score a fourth-round technical knockout victory over Cung Le at UFC Fight Night in Macau on Aug. 23.