This Week’s MMA Birthdays: Michael Bisping Turns 35

By Brian Knapp Feb 22, 2014
Michael “The Count” Bisping turns 35 this week. | Photo: Dave Mandel/

Long established as one of MMA’s most polarizing figures, Michael Bisping will celebrate his 35th birthday on Feb. 28.

Bisping last appeared at UFC 159 in April, when he earned a technical unanimous decision over Alan Belcher at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. “The Count” has compiled a 14-5 record since arriving in the Ultimate Fighting Championship in June 2006, those 14 victories tying him with Frank Mir, Rich Franklin, Rashad Evans and Jon Fitch for eighth on the all-time list. In fact, only one fighter in UFC history -- Josh Koscheck -- has recorded more wins (15) inside the Octagon without capturing promotional gold. Bisping won Season 3 of “The Ultimate Fighter” and coached opposite Dan Henderson and Jason Miller on Seasons 9 and 14 of the reality series.

Sidelined for nearly a year with an eye injury, Bisping will return to the cage against Tim Kennedy in the UFC Fight Night 41 main event on April 16 at the Pepsi Coliseum in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.

Those in MMA celebrating a birthday during the week covering Feb. 23-March 1:

FEB. 23

Mike Hofer (24)

FEB. 24

Jon Fitch (36)

FEB. 25

T.J. Grant (30)
Jeff Lentz (25)

FEB. 27

Michael Knaap (30)
Antonio Castillo Jr. (27)

FEB. 28

Jorge Rivera (42)
Michael Bisping (35)

FEB. 29

Jim Yorke (38)
Patrick Cote (34)

March 1

Taisuke Okuno (37)
Danielle West (37)
Anthony Njokuani (34)
Dominique Robinson (32)
John Howard (31)

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