Michael Bisping is still hunting for a UFC title shot. | Photo: Dave Mandel/Sherdog.com
The fight card for UFC 193 continues to grow, as Ultimate Fighting Championship on Wednesday announced a middleweight tussle between Michael Bisping and Robert Whittaker.
Set to be held at the massive Etihad Stadium in Melbourne, Australia, UFC 193 will be headlined by a welterweight championship bout between Robbie Lawler and Carlos Condit.
After struggling through a topsy-turvy win-loss record for two years, Bisping has finally righted the ship. “The Count” has won his last two bouts, besting both C.B. Dollaway and, most recently, Thales Leites via decision. Constantly in the hunt for the UFC’s 185-pound title, the Englishman can ill-afford a loss at this juncture of his career.
Australia’s Whittaker has looked sensational as of late, scoring three consecutive wins, all in spectacular fashion. He stopped Clint Hester in the second round in November and followed that up with a first-round destruction of perennial contender Brad Tavares in May. While “The Reaper” has beaten several solid opponents, he has yet to face someone the caliber of Bisping; a win over the polarizing Brit could launch him into the middleweight rankings.