Bisping in September 2013
|Born||28 February 1979|
British Military Base, Nicosia, Cyprus
|Other names||The Count|
|Residence||Anaheim, California, U.S.|
|Height||6 ft 1 in (185 cm)|
|Weight||185 lb (84 kg; 13 st 3 lb)|
|Reach||75 1⁄2 in (192 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Manchester, England|
|Rank||Brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Brady Fink|
Black belt in Yawara-ryu Jujutsu
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Michael Bisping (born 28 February 1979) is an English sports analyst, actor, commentator and retired mixed martial artist, who competed in the Middleweight division of the UFC. A professional competitor since 2004, he is a former UFC Middleweight Champion, a former Cage Rage Light Heavyweight Champion and The Ultimate Fighter 3 Light Heavyweight tournament winner. At UFC 78, he became the first British fighter to compete in a UFC main event. At UFC 199, he became the first British fighter to win a UFC Championship and he remains the sole British winner of a UFC title. He was inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame on July 5, 2019.
- 1 Early life
- 2 Mixed martial arts career
- 3 Acting career
- 4 Personal life
- 5 Championships and accomplishments
- 6 Mixed martial arts record
- 7 Pay-per-view bouts
- 8 Filmography
- 9 See also
- 10 References
- 11 External links
Bisping was born on a British Military Base in Nicosia, Cyprus and grew up in Clitheroe, Lancashire. He attended St Augustine's Roman Catholic High School, Billington. His Polish paternal grandfather, Andrew (Andrzej), fled with his family from Poland to England after the German invasion in 1939. Bisping's father Jan was in the British Army; his mother is Irish. He began training Jujutsu at the age of eight. In 1994, at the age of 15, he competed as an amateur in Britain's first "no holds barred" competition, a precursor to modern MMA, called Knock Down Sport Budo (KSBO).
At the age of 18, Bisping decided to abandon his martial arts training "to pursue real life". Less than a year later, Bisping began training in boxing, kickboxing, and karate on the advice of Allan Clarkin, owner of Black Knights Kickboxing, who saw potential in him. Bisping enjoyed a short but successful kickboxing career, winning the North West Area title and later the Pro British light heavyweight kickboxing title. After again briefly quitting competition in 1998, Bisping returned to kickboxing to take the Pro British light heavyweight title for a second time. Soon after winning his second kickboxing title, he was forced to abandon his full-time training for a "real job". In addition to working at factories, slaughterhouses and demolition companies, he was also an upholsterer, postman, tiler, plasterer and salesman.
Mixed martial arts career
Bisping made his professional mixed martial arts debut at Pride & Glory 2: Battle of the Ages on 4 April 2004, taking a 0:38 submission victory over Steve Mathews. Just one month later, Bisping scored his first knockout against John Weir at UK MMA Challenge 7: Rage & Fury. In his third MMA match, Bisping became the Cage Rage light heavyweight champion at Cage Rage 7, defeating Mark Epstein by technical knockout. Bisping went on to defend his championship title in a rematch against Epstein at Cage Rage 9 in a knockout victory that solidified Bisping as one of the top light heavyweight fighters in England. It also earned him the moniker "The Great British Hope", by UFC.com.
At The Ultimate Fight Club UK: Natural Instinct on 29 January 2005, Bisping made his cage kickboxing debut against David Brown in a light heavyweight contest.With Brown badly cut, Bisping picked up the win via doctor stoppage in round 2.
Bisping made his debut for the promotion at Ultimate Force on 30 April 2005, defeating Dave Radford to win the vacant Cage Warriors light heavyweight title. Bisping then competed in another light heavyweight cage kickboxing contest, against Cyrille Diabaté at CWFC: Strike Force 1 on 21 May 2005, losing via decision after the end of the first extra round. He captured the FX3 light-heavyweight title on 18 June 2005 and, for a time, reigned over the UK's major federations. In his first Cage Warriors title defence, Bisping defeated Miika Mehmet at CWFC: Strike Force 2, on 16 July 2005.
In September 2005, Cage Rage stripped the light heavyweight title from Bisping due to "management issues", though Cage Warriors stated that "Bisping was willing to defend his title but is being punished by Cage Rage due to his Wolfslair and Cage Warriors links". Towards the end of 2005, Bisping again successfully defended the Cage Warriors title, this time against Jakob Lovstad and Ross Pointon in the CWFC: Strike Force series of events, leading to a record of 10 wins and no losses.
The Ultimate Fighter 3
In early 2006, Bisping was featured on the UFC's The Ultimate Fighter 3 reality television series as a contestant training under Tito Ortiz. He won a preliminary bout against Kristian Rothaermel by TKO, followed by a semi-final win against Ross Pointon by submission after landing a flying knee and a series of strikes. In the finals, Bisping finished Josh Haynes by TKO at 4:14 into the second round, making Bisping the second Light Heavyweight winner of The Ultimate Fighter television series.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
Five months after his victory in the TUF 3 finals, Bisping was slated to fight Eric Schafer at The Ultimate Fighter 4 finale, but withdrew because of problems acquiring his visa. The fight was rescheduled and held on 30 December at UFC 66. Bisping defeated Schafer by TKO at 4:24 in the first round.
Bisping was a special guest referee at the Cage Warriors events Enter The Wolfslair on 5 March 2005 and CWFC: Strike Force 6 on 27 May 2006.
On 8 September 2007, Bisping faced former Ultimate Fighter 3 rival Matt Hamill in London, England. Bisping won a controversial split decision after three rounds. Hamill pushed the pace and took Bisping down numerous times in the first two rounds, with Bisping hitting solid strikes and blocking numerous takedown attempts towards the end of the second round and in the third round.
Move down to middleweight
Since the start of his MMA career, people had been advising Bisping that he was a little too small for light heavyweight and would do better at middleweight. With the support of UFC president Dana White, Bisping then decided to drop down a weight division, following his loss to Evans. On 19 April 2008 at UFC 83, Bisping made his middleweight debut against Charles McCarthy. Bisping won by TKO, as McCarthy was unable to continue after the first round due to a forearm injury he sustained after receiving an unanswered series of knees and uppercuts from Bisping.
Bisping's next fight at middleweight was scheduled to be on 7 June 2008 at UFC 85 in London, against Chris Leben. However, after Leben was sentenced to jail for 35 days and unable to compete, Jason Day stepped in. Bisping won the fight in dominant fashion by first round TKO; it was his second 1st round TKO in a row.
Bisping instead fought Leben in the headliner of UFC 89 on 18 October 2008 and won by unanimous decision. After the fight, Leben tested positive for Stanozolol and was suspended for nine months.
Bisping was confirmed as one of the coaches on the ninth season of The Ultimate Fighter. The other coach was the former PRIDE 205lb & 185lb Champion Dan Henderson. After the show's conclusion, Bisping fought Henderson at UFC 100 on 11 July 2009 at Mandalay Bay. The fight was believed to be an eliminator for the UFC Middleweight Championship top contender spot. Bisping was knocked out by Henderson with a flush overhand right while he was circling to his left. Henderson followed up with a strike after Bisping had fallen to the ground before the fight was stopped. It marked the first occasion Bisping had ever conceded a knockout loss. Bisping could not remember the fight after the iconic knock out, thinking instead that the fight was scheduled to take place two months later.
|“||I fought Dan Henderson in 2009 and I lost and that was at UFC 100. UFC 100 was the biggest pay-per-view the company's ever done. 1.6 million pay-per-view buys, watched all over the world, and of course I get knocked out cold after talking lots of smack leading up to the fight. So I got my just desserts [sic] in that one. After the fight, I don't remember anything. I remember being in the showers and I didn't have a clue what was going on. I was saying to my manager at the time, 'I can't be knocked out cause I'm not fighting for another two months, what the hell are you talking about?' and then these people come and go 'Michael we need to take you to the hospital. I'm like I'm not going to the hospital and then I'd say again, 'what's going on', I'd just keep repeating myself.||”|
Bisping faced Spirit MC and PRIDE veteran Denis Kang at UFC 105 on 14 November 2009. Bisping won by second round TKO. The fight was awarded Fight of the Night, giving both Kang and Bisping a $40,000 bonus.
Bisping next faced former PRIDE Middleweight Champion Wanderlei Silva at UFC 110 on 21 February 2010. Silva's ability to flurry in the final seconds of the second and third rounds, two knockdowns, and an attempted guillotine choke contributed to his victory by a clear unanimous decision.
Bisping faced and defeated Yoshihiro Akiyama on 16 October 2010 at UFC 120, winning 30–27 on all three judges' scorecards. Though Bisping was rocked early in the fight by Akiyama, he regained his composure and landed combinations repeatedly on Akiyama to sweep all three judges scorecards. The fight was awarded Fight of the Night award.
Bisping faced off in an emotionally charged fight against Jorge Rivera on 26 February 2011 at UFC 127. Both fighters had trash talked each other before the fight, having to be restrained at the weigh-in during a verbal argument. Bisping dominated the first round scoring a few takedowns until he delivered an illegal knee to the head of Rivera. A point was taken from Bisping and, after a lengthy halt to the action, the fight continued. The fight ended with a TKO from Bisping in the second round. Bisping spat at Rivera's corner after the fight and angrily confronted Rivera about pre-fight comments that Bisping thought disparaged his family. Rivera denied the comments and attempted to make amends but Bisping told him to "go home" and called him a "loser." He immediately apologised in the post match interview. In the aftermath of the incident Bisping faced "disciplinary actions" and was fined. Multiple fighters subsequently came forward and said that they wanted to fight Bisping in light of the incident, including UFC middleweight notables such as Chael Sonnen, Vitor Belfort, Demian Maia, Alan Belcher and Nate Marquardt.
On 27 May 2011, it was revealed that Bisping would be one of the coaches of The Ultimate Fighter 14 opposite Jason Miller. There were concerns that Miller had spies in Bisping's training camp, but Bisping was confident that was not true. Bisping defeated Jason Miller via third round TKO on 3 December 2011 at The Ultimate Fighter 14 finale.
Bisping was expected to face Demian Maia on 28 January 2012 at UFC on Fox 2. However, an injury forced Mark Muñoz out of his bout on the same card with Chael Sonnen and Bisping instead fought Sonnen for a chance to challenge Anderson Silva for the Middleweight title. Sonnen defeated Bisping via a close unanimous decision.
Bisping faced former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Vitor Belfort on 19 January 2013 at UFC on FX: Belfort vs. Bisping in a fight which would have given Bisping a title shot had he won. However, he lost the fight via second-round TKO after getting hit flush by a head kick. According to Bisping, this kick caused the later diagnosed retinal detachment of his right eye. Fear of not being able to compete again prevented him from seeing a doctor.
Bisping went on to face Alan Belcher on 27 April 2013 at UFC 159. In the first round Bisping managed to out-box his opponent and score a brief trip takedown, in addition to landing a solid knee. Bisping then noticeably stepped up the pace of the fight in round 2, landing some heavy kicks and multiple combinations of punches. The fight was then stopped at 4:29 of round 3 as Bisping inadvertently poked Belcher in the eye, rendering Belcher unable to continue. Bisping won the bout via unanimous technical decision.
Bisping was expected to face Mark Muñoz on 26 October 2013 at UFC Fight Night 30. However, after symptoms of his detached retina became too bad he decided to undergo surgery, which included full removal of the eyeball. He pulled out of the bout on 27 September and was replaced by Lyoto Machida.
After nearly a year away from the sport due to his eye injury, Bisping returned to face Tim Kennedy on 16 April 2014 at The Ultimate Fighter Nations Finale. He lost the fight via unanimous decision.
In April 2014, it was reported that both Bisping and Brad Tavares were interested in a potential fight. However, in May 2014, it was announced that Bisping would face Cung Le on 23 August 2014 at UFC Fight Night 48. Bisping won the one-sided fight via TKO in the fourth round. The win also earned Bisping his first Performance of the Night bonus award.
Bisping was expected to face Robert Whittaker on 15 November 2015 at UFC 193. However, it was announced on 30 September 2015 that Bisping had withdrawn from the bout, citing an elbow injury, and been replaced by Uriah Hall.
Bisping was briefly linked to a fight with Gegard Mousasi on 27 February 2016 at UFC Fight Night 84. However, on 24 December, Bisping was pulled from the bout in favour of a match-up with Anderson Silva at the same event. Bisping won the back and forth fight via unanimous decision. Both participants were awarded Fight of the Night honours.
UFC Middleweight Champion
With an injury to Chris Weidman forcing him to pull out of the fight, Bisping stepped up on only 17 days' notice to face champion Luke Rockhold for a second time on 4 June 2016 at UFC 199. He won via knockout in the first round to become the UFC Middleweight Champion and the first British UFC champion. He was awarded Performance of the Night honours. The result was considered by many MMA media outlets to be one of the biggest upsets in the UFC title fight history, as Bisping took the fight on short notice and had been submitted in their first encounter 18 months earlier.
Bisping faced Dan Henderson in a rematch on 8 October 2016 at UFC 204. Bisping won the fight via unanimous decision and retained the UFC Middleweight Championship. Both fighters were awarded Fight of the Night for their performance.
On 1 March 2017 while on SportsCenter, Dana White announced that Bisping's next title defence would be against the returning former UFC Welterweight Champion Georges St-Pierre sometime in 2017. However, on 11 May 2017, White announced the fight had been cancelled. The UFC and Bisping had wanted to have the fight at UFC 213, as part of International Fight Week in Las Vegas, but St-Pierre announced on his Instagram page that he needed more training to meet the 185 pound weight and would not be ready to fight until November. The pairing eventually took place on 4 November 2017 in the main event at UFC 217. Bisping lost the bout via technical submission due to a rear-naked choke in the third round.
Post-UFC championship and retirement
Three weeks after losing the Middleweight title, on 25 November 2017 at UFC Fight Night: Bisping vs. Gastelum, Bisping faced Kelvin Gastelum as a replacement for Anderson Silva, who had been suspended by USADA due to failing a drug test. He lost the fight via knockout in the first round.
On 28 May 2018, Bisping officially announced his retirement from MMA competition. In late December 2018, Bisping appeared on The Joe Rogan Experience, elaborating on his retirement from MMA, which he said was due to eye injury suffered in the fight with Kelvin Gastelum.
|“||I started having issues with my good eye as well after the Gastelum fight. I was like, this isn’t worth it. The reason I retired was the Gastelum fight.||”|
On 6 April 2016, Bisping announced that he had landed a role in the film XXX: Return of Xander Cage. Later that month, Bisping revealed that he is a fan of the 1990s television series Twin Peaks and that he had gained a small role in the 2017 continuation of the series. He portrayed Roy Shaw in the sports drama film My Name Is Lenny.
Bisping met his Australian wife, Rebecca, in Manchester. The couple have three children and reside in Orange County, California. Their third child was born just before Bisping set off to the USA for final preparation in his fight against Dan Miller.
Bisping suffers from strabismus, which is a condition in which the eyes are not properly aligned when looking at an object. This was caused by a detached retina injury from the fight with Vitor Belfort at UFC on FX: Belfort vs. Bisping in 2013, which Bisping lost via technical knock out in round two. The loss was considered controversial, as at that time Belfort was on testosterone replacement therapy. Bisping stated his satisfaction after Belfort lost via a knockout from a front kick by Lyoto Machida on 12 May 2018 at UFC 224, in his retirement fight.
|“||It’s very satisfying to see him [Vitor Belfort] lose if I’m honest. I don’t care for the guy. I think he’s built a career off being a cheat. The amount of insane steroids over his life, over his career, is evident to see. I mean you go back and look at his early career, the guy was insanely jacked. When we fought he was insanely jacked, and now you look at him and he looks like a f*cking beat up old man. And he’s getting knocked out like so and performing like so.||”|
Bisping's moniker, 'The Count', was given by a ring announcer during a fight.
|“||My old manager told the ring announcer to introduce me as The Count. I said no at first, but I’m actually a Count in Poland (grandfather was a Polish Count). It embarrasses me a little bit. I made the mistake of telling someone at school and I was subsequently made fun of.||”|
Championships and accomplishments
- Ultimate Fighting Championship
- UFC Hall of Fame (modern-era wing, class of 2019)
- UFC Middleweight Championship (one time)
- One successful title defence vs. Dan Henderson
- First British champion in UFC history
- The Ultimate Fighter 3 Light Heavyweight Tournament Winner
- Fight of the Night (Five times) vs. Elvis Sinosic, Denis Kang, Yoshihiro Akiyama, Anderson Silva, Dan Henderson
- Performance of the Night (Two times) vs. Cung Le, Luke Rockhold
- 2nd Most wins in UFC history (20) - tied with Georges St. Pierre
- Retired with most fights in UFC history (29); since surpassed by Donald Cerrone
- Cage Warriors Fighting Championship
- CWFC Light Heavyweight Championship (one time)
- FX3 Light Heavyweight Championship (one time)
- World MMA Awards
- 2008 International Fighter of the Year
- 2012 International Fighter of the Year
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|39 matches||30 wins||9 losses|
|Loss||30–9||Kelvin Gastelum||KO (punch)||UFC Fight Night: Bisping vs. Gastelum||25 November 2017||1||2:30||Shanghai, China|
|Loss||30–8||Georges St-Pierre||Technical Submission (rear-naked choke)||UFC 217||4 November 2017||3||4:23||New York City, New York, United States||Lost the UFC Middleweight Championship.|
|Win||30–7||Dan Henderson||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 204||8 October 2016||5||5:00||Manchester, England||Defended the UFC Middleweight Championship. Fight of the Night.|
|Win||29–7||Luke Rockhold||KO (punches)||UFC 199||4 June 2016||1||3:36||Inglewood, California, United States||Won the UFC Middleweight Championship. Performance of the Night.|
|Win||28–7||Anderson Silva||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Silva vs. Bisping||27 February 2016||5||5:00||London, England||Fight of the Night.|
|Win||27–7||Thales Leites||Decision (split)||UFC Fight Night: Bisping vs. Leites||18 July 2015||5||5:00||Glasgow, Scotland|
|Win||26–7||C.B. Dollaway||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 186||25 April 2015||3||5:00||Montreal, Quebec, Canada|
|Loss||25–7||Luke Rockhold||Submission (guillotine choke)||UFC Fight Night: Rockhold vs. Bisping||8 November 2014||2||0:57||Sydney, Australia|
|Win||25–6||Cung Le||TKO (knee and punches)||UFC Fight Night: Bisping vs. Le||23 August 2014||4||0:57||Macau, SAR, China||Performance of the Night.|
|Loss||24–6||Tim Kennedy||Decision (unanimous)||The Ultimate Fighter Nations Finale: Bisping vs. Kennedy||16 April 2014||5||5:00||Quebec City, Quebec, Canada|
|Win||24–5||Alan Belcher||Technical Decision (unanimous)||UFC 159||27 April 2013||3||4:29||Newark, New Jersey, United States|
|Loss||23–5||Vitor Belfort||TKO (head kick and punches)||UFC on FX: Belfort vs. Bisping||19 January 2013||2||1:27||São Paulo, Brazil|
|Win||23–4||Brian Stann||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 152||22 September 2012||3||5:00||Toronto, Ontario, Canada|
|Loss||22–4||Chael Sonnen||Decision (unanimous)||UFC on Fox: Evans vs. Davis||28 January 2012||3||5:00||Chicago, Illinois, United States||UFC Middleweight title eliminator.|
|Win||22–3||Jason Miller||TKO (knees to the body and punches)||The Ultimate Fighter: Team Bisping vs. Team Miller Finale||3 December 2011||3||3:34||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||21–3||Jorge Rivera||TKO (punches)||UFC 127||27 February 2011||2||1:54||Sydney, Australia||Bisping was deducted one point in round 1 after landing an illegal knee.|
|Win||20–3||Yoshihiro Akiyama||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 120||16 October 2010||3||5:00||London, England||Fight of the Night.|
|Win||19–3||Dan Miller||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 114||29 May 2010||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Loss||18–3||Wanderlei Silva||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 110||20 February 2010||3||5:00||Sydney, Australia|
|Win||18–2||Denis Kang||TKO (knees to the body and punches)||UFC 105||14 November 2009||2||4:24||Manchester, England||Fight of the Night.|
|Loss||17–2||Dan Henderson||KO (punch)||UFC 100||11 July 2009||2||3:20||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||UFC Middleweight title eliminator.|
|Win||17–1||Chris Leben||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 89||18 October 2008||3||5:00||Birmingham, England||Leben tested positive for Stanozolol.|
|Win||16–1||Jason Day||TKO (punches)||UFC 85||7 June 2008||1||3:42||London, England|
|Win||15–1||Charles McCarthy||TKO (arm injury)||UFC 83||19 April 2008||1||5:00||Montreal, Quebec, Canada||Middleweight debut.|
|Loss||14–1||Rashad Evans||Decision (split)||UFC 78||17 November 2007||3||5:00||Newark, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||14–0||Matt Hamill||Decision (split)||UFC 75||8 September 2007||3||5:00||London, England|
|Win||13–0||Elvis Sinosic||TKO (punches)||UFC 70||21 April 2007||2||1:40||Manchester, England||Fight of the Night.|
|Win||12–0||Eric Schafer||TKO (punches)||UFC 66||30 December 2006||1||4:24||Las Vegas, Nevada United States|
|Win||11–0||Josh Haynes||TKO (punches)||The Ultimate Fighter: Team Ortiz vs. Team Shamrock Finale||24 June 2006||2||4:14||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Won The Ultimate Fighter 3.|
|Win||10–0||Ross Pointon||Submission (armbar)||CWFC: Strike Force 4||26 November 2005||1||2:00||Coventry, England||Defended the Cage Warriors Light Heavyweight Championship.|
|Win||9–0||Jakob Lovstad||TKO (submission to punches)||CWFC: Strike Force 3||1 October 2005||1||1:10||Coventry, England||Defended the Cage Warriors Light Heavyweight Championship.|
|Win||8–0||Miika Mehmet||TKO (corner stoppage)||CWFC: Strike Force 2||16 July 2005||1||3:01||Coventry, England||Defended the Cage Warriors Light Heavyweight Championship.|
|Win||7–0||Alex Cook||Submission (guillotine choke)||FX3: Xplosion||18 June 2005||1||3:21||Reading, England||Won the FX3 Light Heavyweight Championship.|
|Win||6–0||Dave Radford||TKO (punches)||CWFC: Ultimate Force||30 April 2005||1||2:46||Sheffield, England||Won the Cage Warriors Light Heavyweight Championship.|
|Win||5–0||Mark Epstein||KO (punch)||Cage Rage 9||27 November 2004||3||4:43||London, England||Defended the Cage Rage Light Heavyweight Championship.|
|Win||4–0||Andy Bridges||KO (punch)||Pride & Glory 3: Glory Days||7 August 2004||1||0:45||Newcastle upon Tyne, England|
|Win||3–0||Mark Epstein||TKO (punches and knees)||Cage Rage 7||10 July 2004||2||1:27||London, England||Won the Cage Rage Light Heavyweight Championship.|
|Win||2–0||John Weir||TKO (punches)||UK MMA Championship 7: Rage & Fury||30 May 2004||1||0:50||Manchester, England|
|Win||1–0||Steve Mathews||Submission (armbar)||Pride & Glory 2: Battle of the Ages||10 April 2004||1||0:38||Newcastle upon Tyne, England|
Mixed martial arts exhibition record
|Win||2–0||Ross Pointon||TKO (submission to punches)||The Ultimate Fighter 3||15 June 2006 (Air date)||1||2:13||Las Vegas, Nevada||Semi Final bout.|
|Win||1–0||Kristian Rothaermel||TKO (punches)||The Ultimate Fighter 3||27 April 2006 (Air date)||1||3:51||Las Vegas, Nevada||Quarter Final bout.|
Submission grappling record
|1 Match, 0 Wins, 0 Losses, 1 Draw|
|Draw||0-0-1||Chael Sonnen||Draw||UR Fight 2016||20 March 2016||Superfight||Phoenix, Arizona|
|1.||UFC 78||Evans vs. Bisping||17 November 2007||Prudential Center||Newark, New Jersey, U.S.||400,000|
|2.||UFC 85||Bisping vs. Day (co)||7 June 2008||The O2 Arena||London, U.K.||215,000|
|3.||UFC 110||Silva vs. Bisping (co)||21 February 2010||Acer Arena||Sydney, Australia||215,000|
|4.||UFC 114||Bisping vs. Miller (co)||29 May 2010||MGM Grand Garden Arena||Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.||1,050,000|
|5.||UFC 127||Bisping vs. Rivera (co)||27 February 2011||Acer Arena||Sydney, Australia||260,000|
|6.||UFC 159||Bisping vs. Belcher (co)||27 April 2013||Prudential Center||Newark, New Jersey, U.S.||530,000|
|7.||UFC 199||Rockhold vs. Bisping 2||4 June 2016||The Forum||Inglewood, California U.S.||283,000|
|8.||UFC 204||Bisping vs. Henderson 2||8 October 2016||Manchester Arena||Manchester U.K.||290,000|
|9.||UFC 217||Bisping vs. St-Pierre||4 November 2017||Madison Square Garden||New York City, New York, U.S.||875,000|
|2017||xXx: Return of Xander Cage||Hawk|
|2017||My Name Is Lenny||Roy Shaw|
|2018||Den of Thieves||Connor|
|2020||Built for This||Himself|
|2010||Hollyoaks Later||Nathan McAllister||Season 3|
|2015||Strike Back||Aaron||Episode: "Legacy: Part 1"|
|2017||Twin Peaks||Guard||Season 3|
Episode: "Part 1"
|2017||Dark Matter||Goren||Episode: "Give It Up, Princess"|
|2018||MacGyver||Porter||Episode: "UFO + Area 51"|
|2019||Dark Matter||Jason Coburn||Episode: "The Day It All Came Together"|
- "Fight Card – UFC Fight Night Bisping vs. Leites". UFC.com. Retrieved 15 July 2015.
- Henderson, Jason (4 May 2014). "Michael Bisping Reveals He's Now Training At Mark Munoz's Reign Camp". Fight of the Night. Retrieved 4 May 2014.
- "Michael Bisping Earns His BJJ Brown Belt". wbbjj.com. 12 January 2015.
- "Michael Bisping stuns Luke Rockhold to become Britain's first UFC champion". theguardian.com. 5 June 2016.
- Bisping enters UFC Hall of Fame ESPN
- "Michael Bisping: UFC superstar made in Britain". BBC. 4 November 2014.
- Michael Bisping talks about his school days ahead of TUF Nations Finale. Telegraph.co.uk. Retrieved on 27 June 2017.
- "Michael Bisping". SPIKE. Retrieved 26 July 2010.
- "my mother is Irish". Twitter
- Michael Bisping. mmaplayground.com
- Pedro Wrobel (8 January 2005). "Cage Rage Champ Bisping Eyes Bright Future". Sherdog.
- "My Sport: Michael Bisping". The Daily Telegraph. London. 17 April 2007.
- Thomas Gerbasi (22 June 2006) Michael Bisping: The Great British Hope. ufc.com
- "ultimate_fight_club_january_29_2005". www.thefightgame.tv. Retrieved 17 May 2018.
- "Michael Bisping vs Miika Mehmet Fight Result CWFC - Strike Force 2". www.mma-core.com. Retrieved 17 May 2018.
- Pedro Wrobel (23 September 2005) Cage Rage Strips Bisping of British Title. sherdog.com
- "CWFC Statement Concerning Mike Bisping". www.cagewarriors.com. 2005. Archived from the original on 25 August 2006. Retrieved 17 September 2006.
- Pedro Wrobel (2 October 2005) Bisping Defends CageWarriors Title, Izidro Wins Belt. Sherdog.com. Retrieved on 16 July 2013.
- "Michael Bisping vs Ross Pointon Fight Result UFC - The Ultimate Fig..." www.mma-core.com. Retrieved 17 May 2018.
- "HITM: Michael Bisping wins TUF 3". MMAmania.com. Retrieved 17 May 2018.
- "The Ultimate Fighter 3 Finale | MMAjunkie". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 17 May 2018.
- Scott White (7 November 2006) Schafer-Bisping is Off – MMA on Tap. Mmaontap.com . Retrieved on 16 July 2013.
- Mark Gilbert (13 February 2008) Bisping beats Eric Schafer. The Sun
- Diana Davila. Michael Bisping defeats Elvis Sinosic via TKO in Round 2. martialarts.about.com
- cage Warriors (2006). "Michael "The Count" Bisping To Referee At Strike Force 6". www.cagewarriors.com. Archived from the original on 28 August 2006. Retrieved 17 September 2006.
- "UFC 75 "Champion Vs. Champion" Play-by-Play". Sherdog.com. 8 September 2007. Retrieved 23 April 2011.
- Dann Stupp (10 September 2007). "UFC 75 Judge Jeff Mullen Explains Bisping-Hamill Score". MMAJunkie.com. Archived from the original on 26 October 2012. Retrieved 23 April 2011.
- UFC: Evans wins split decision over Bisping. The Canadian Press (18 November 2007)
- Ant Evans (14 December 2007). "Count's move gives middleweights new blood". www.ufc.com. Archived from the original on 30 October 2008.
- Bisping fells "Chainsaw" Charles in first round knockout. Clitheroe Today (20 April 2008)
- "BISPING VS LEBEN AT UFC 89 IN BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND". MMAWeekly.com. 1 July 2008. Retrieved 25 July 2011.
- Mark Gilbert (9 June 2008) Michael Bisping beats Jason Day at UFC 85. The Sun
- "UFC 89 LIVE RESULTS, PLAY-BY-PLAY, & PHOTOS". MMAWeekly.com. 17 October 2008. Retrieved 25 July 2011.
- "Leben tests positive for steroids, suspended – Mixed Martial Arts". nbcsports.msnbc.com. 3 November 2008. Archived from the original on 7 February 2012. Retrieved 26 July 2010.
- "Failed UFC 89 drug test nets Chris Leben nine-month suspension (updated)". MMAjunkie.com. 3 November 2008. Archived from the original on 8 January 2010. Retrieved 26 July 2010.
- "BISPING ANNOUNCED AS ULTIMATE FIGHTER 9 COACH- MMA WEEKLY – Mixed Martial Arts & UFC News, Photos, Rankings & more". MMAWeekly.com. 18 October 2008. Retrieved 26 July 2010.
- "Michael Bisping in as "TUF9" coach; Dan Henderson and Rich Franklin possible". MMAjunkie.com. 17 October 2008. Archived from the original on 25 July 2009. Retrieved 26 July 2010.
- Ben Blackmore (20 February 2009) GSP, Alves and Bisping all confirmed for UFC 100. setanta.com
- "UFC 100 Results: Dan Henderson Crushes Michael Bisping". Bloody Elbow. Retrieved 17 May 2018.
- "What's Going On? Bisping Doesn't Remember Hendo KO". MMAmania.com. Retrieved 17 May 2018.
- "Report: Michael Bisping vs. Denis Kang at UFC 105". Inside Fights. 16 August 2009. Retrieved 21 August 2009.
- "BISPING FINISHES KANG AT UFC 105- MMA WEEKLY – Mixed Martial Arts & UFC News, Photos, Rankings & more". MMAWeekly.com. 14 November 2009. Retrieved 26 July 2010.
- John Morgan (14 November 2009). "UFC 105 fighter bonuses: Bisping, Kang, Siver and Etim each earn $40K". MMAjunkie.com. Archived from the original on 5 February 2010. Retrieved 26 July 2010.
- "Nogueira vs. Velasquez, Bisping vs. Silva Official for "UFC 110: Nogueira vs. Velasquez"". MMAJUNKIE.com. 13 December 2009. Archived from the original on 25 May 2012. Retrieved 24 June 2010.
- Zak Woods (21 February 2010). "UFC 110 results recap from last night for 'Nogueira vs Velasquez'". MMA Mania. Retrieved 26 July 2010.
- John Morgan (21 February 2010). "UFC 110 main card recap: Velasquez stuns Nogueira in first, Silva returns to win column". MMAjunkie.com. Archived from the original on 17 July 2010. Retrieved 26 July 2010.
- "Bisping vs. miller likely for UFC 114 in Las Vegas". MMAWeekly.com. 1 March 2010.
- Damon Martin (16 October 2010) UFC 120: BISPING DECISIONS AKIYAMA. mmaweekly.com
- "UFC 120 Results for "Bisping vs. Akiyama" - MMA Frenzy". MMA Frenzy. 16 October 2010. Retrieved 17 May 2018.
- "UFC 120 bonuses: Bisping, Akiyama, Condit and Sass earn $60K awards (Updated)". MMAjunkie. 16 October 2010. Retrieved 17 May 2018.
- Michael Bisping tells 'loser' Jorge Rivera to go home after TKO victory at UFC 127 | UFC News. ESPN.co.uk (27 February 2011). Retrieved 27 April 2011.
- Mike Chiappetta (28 February 2011) Michael Bisping to Be Disciplined for UFC 127 Spitting Incident. MMA Fighting. Retrieved 27 April 2011.
- Chael Sonnen Wants To Face Michael Bisping Next in the UFC. MMAWeekly.com (28 February 2011). Retrieved 27 April 2011.
- Dann Stupp (18 March 2011) When spit happened, UFC 128's Marquardt lost all respect for Bisping Archived 21 March 2011 at the Wayback Machine. MMAjunkie.com. Retrieved 27 April 2011.
- ""The Ultimate Fighter 14" coaches? Michael Bisping and "Mayhem" Miller". Archived from the original on 30 May 2011. Retrieved 27 May 2011.
- "Michael Bisping Knows Jason Miller Could Not Put Spies in his Camp". mixingmartialarts.com. November 2011. Archived from the original on 2 December 2011.
- Dann Stupp (29 May 2011). "Michael Bisping vs. Jason "Mayhem" Miller slated for The Ultimate Fighter 14 Finale". mmajunkie.com. Archived from the original on 1 June 2011.
- Dann Stupp (7 December 2011). "Michael Bisping vs. Demian Maia added to UFC on FOX 2". MMAjunkie.com. Archived from the original on 1 January 2013.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
- "Munoz out at UFC on FOX 2; Bisping vs. Sonnen now set for shot at champ Silva". mmajunkie.com. 17 January 2012. Archived from the original on 19 January 2012. Retrieved 17 January 2012.
- "UFC on FOX 2 results: Chael Sonnen vs Michael Bisping fight metric report shows judges made the right call". MMAmania.com. Retrieved 17 May 2018.
- Steven Marrocco (30 April 2012). "Michael Bisping vs. Tim Boetsch moves from UFC 148 to UFC 149 in Calgary". MMAjunkie.com. Archived from the original on 4 May 2012.
- Gene Mrosko (7 June 2012). "Hector Lombard vs Tim Boetsch fight set for July 21 with Michael Bisping injured". mmamania.com.
- Gene Mrosko (14 July 2012). "Michael Bisping vs Brian Stann booked for UFC 152 on Sept. 22 in Toronto". mmamania.com.
- John Morgan (22 September 2012) UFC 152 results: Michael Bisping outboxes, outwrestles Brian Stann for decision win. mmajunkie.com
- Cole, Ross (1 October 2013). "Michael Bisping Details His Career Threatening Detached Retina Injury". MMA Insight. Retrieved 17 May 2018.
- "UFC 159 results: Bisping defeats Belcher". MMA Fighting. Retrieved 17 May 2018.
- John Morgan (12 July 2013). "Michael Bisping vs. Mark Munoz targeted for UFC return to Manchester on Oct. 26". mmajunkie.com.
- Matthew Roth (29 September 2013). "Michael Bisping apologizes to fans for eye injury that forced him from bout with Mark Munoz". mmamania.com. Retrieved 29 September 2013.
- Staff (27 September 2013). "Michael Bisping out at UFC Fight Night 30, Lyoto Machida now faces Mark Munoz". mmajunkie.com. Archived from the original on 27 September 2013. Retrieved 27 September 2013.
- Staff (30 January 2014). "Michael Bisping cleared for TUF Nations Finale headliner with Tim Kennedy". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 30 January 2014.
- "Kennedy betters Bisping at TUF Nations Finale". MMA Fighting. Retrieved 17 May 2018.
- Cole, Ross (22 April 2014). "Michael Bisping And Brad Tavares Show Interest In Potential Fight". Fight of the Night. Retrieved 4 May 2014.
- Luke Thomas (24 May 2014). "Cung Le vs. Michael Bisping headlines August Macau card, Hector Lombard vs. Dong Hyun Kim to serve as co-main event". MMAfighting.com. Retrieved 24 May 2014.
- Buster Evans (23 August 2014). "UFC Fight Night 48 Recap: Michael Bisping Destroys Cung Le". lowkickmma.com. Retrieved 23 August 2014.
- Staff (23 August 2014). "UFC Fight Night 48 bonuses: No $50,000 'Fight of the Night' awards". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 23 August 2014.
- Staff (5 September 2014). "Michael Bisping vs. Luke Rockhold set for Nov. 8 in Australia". mmajunkie. Retrieved 5 September 2014.
- Gene Mrosko (7 November 2014). "UFC Fight Night 55 results: Luke Rockhold submits Michael Bisping with a one-armed guillotine". mmamania.com. Retrieved 7 November 2014.
- Sean Bio (17 January 2015). "Michael Bisping vs. CB Dollaway booked for UFC 186". cagepages.com. Retrieved 17 January 2015.
- Steven Marrocco (25 April 2015). "UFC 186 results: Michael Bisping tops C.B. Dollaway in back-and-forth slugfest". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 25 April 2015.
- Lee Williams (25 May 2015). "Michael Bisping vs. Leites booked for UFC Fight Night Glasgow". mmacrazytv.com. Archived from the original on 25 May 2015. Retrieved 25 May 2015.
- Steven Marrocco (18 July 2015). "UFC Fight Night 72 results: Michael Bisping survives Thales Leites with split call". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 18 July 2015.
- Damon Martin (19 August 2015). "Michael Bisping vs. Robert Whittaker targeted for UFC 193 in Australia". foxsports.com. Retrieved 19 August 2015.
- Sherdog.com. "Michael Bisping withdraws from UFC 193, Whittaker now faces Hall on Nov. 14". Sherdog. Retrieved 1 October 2015.
- Staff (1 December 2015). "Michael Bisping vs. Gegard Mousasi set for UFC Fight Night 83 in London". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 1 December 2015.
- Brett Okamoto (25 December 2015). "Anderson Silva, Michael Bisping to headline UFC event in London". espn.go.com. Retrieved 25 December 2015.
- Steven Marrocco (27 February 2016). "UFC Fight Night 84 results: Michael Bisping tops Anderson Silva in crazy, bloody war". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 27 February 2016.
- Tristen Critchfield (27 February 2016). "UFC Fight Night London Bonuses: Bisping, Silva, Askham, Packalen earn $50K". sherdog.com. Retrieved 27 February 2016.
- Marc Raimondi (18 May 2016). "Michael Bisping in to face Luke Rockhold at UFC 199 with Chris Weidman out". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 18 May 2016.
- "UFC 199 results: Michael Bisping knocks out Luke Rockhold in first to win middleweight title". mmajunkie.com. 5 June 2016.
- "UFC 199 bonuses: Michael Bisping earns $50,000 for first-round KO of Luke Rockhold". mmafighting.com. 5 June 2016.
- Snowden, Jonathan. "How Michael Bisping Shocked Luke Rockhold, MMA World". Bleacher Report. Retrieved 20 June 2016.
- Schlinsky, Alex (5 June 2016). "UFC 199 results: Biggest winners, losers from 'Rockhold vs Bisping 2' last night in California". MMAmania.com. Retrieved 20 June 2016.
- Ariel Helwani (4 August 2016). "Michael Bisping vs. Dan Henderson 2 agreed for UFC 204". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 4 August 2016.
- Steven Marrocco (9 October 2016). "UFC 204 results: Michael Bisping keeps belt with decision over Dan Henderson in classic brawl". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 9 October 2016.
- Tristen Critchfield (8 October 2016). "UFC 204 bonuses: Bisping, Henderson, Manuwa, Alcântara pocket $50K". sherdog.com. Retrieved 9 October 2016.
- "St-Pierre will face middleweight champion Bisping in UFC return bout – Article – TSN". TSN. 1 March 2017. Retrieved 1 March 2017.
- "Dana White: Georges St-Pierre-Michael Bisping bout called off". ESPN. 11 May 2017. Retrieved 15 May 2017.
- Staff (16 August 2017). "Bisping-GSP, Garbrandt-Dillashaw title fights among 7 official for UFC 217". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 16 August 2017.
- "UFC 217 live updates: St-Pierre wins middleweight title by submitting Bisping". Los Angeles Times. ISSN 0458-3035. Retrieved 5 November 2017.
- Dave Doyle (10 August 2017). "Anderson Silva vs. Kelvin Gastelum agreed upon for UFC Shanghai". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 10 August 2017.
- "Michael Bisping to fight Kelvin Gastelum at UFC-Shanghai just 3 weeks after title loss". MMAjunkie. 12 November 2017. Retrieved 12 November 2017.
- "UFC Shanghai results: Kelvin Gastelum knocks out Michael Bisping in first round". MMA Fighting. Retrieved 26 November 2017.
- "Former UFC champion, 'TUF' winner Michael Bisping announces retirement". MMAjunkie. 29 May 2018. Retrieved 29 May 2018.
- Jeff Cain (14 December 2018). "Michael Bisping Was Prepared to Retire If He Lost to Luke Rockhold at UFC 199". mmaweekly.com.
- Mike Bohn (16 March 2019). "Former champ Michael Bisping to be inducted into UFC Hall of Fame". mmaweekly.com.
- Instagram. Instagram (6 April 2016). Retrieved on 23 June 2016.
- Michael Bisping lands role in XXX movie. Bloody Elbow (7 April 2016). Retrieved on 23 June 2016.
- Instagram. Instagram (26 April 2016). Retrieved on 7 October 2016.
- Epstein, Adam. "The 217-member cast of the new Twin Peaks includes rock stars, a UFC fighter, and Michael Cera". Quartz. Retrieved 29 June 2017.
- "Michael Bisping Cast As Co-Lead In 'My Name Is Lenny'". Hidden Remote. 11 August 2016. Retrieved 17 May 2018.
- rebeccaS30. twitter.com
- "Michael Bisping's Girlfriend Rebecca Sidwick". Fabwags.com. Retrieved 18 December 2012.
- "michael (bisping) on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 26 July 2010.
- "Michael Bisping: It's Very Satisfying to See Vitor Belfort Lose • MMA News". MMA News. 16 May 2018. Retrieved 17 May 2018.
- "100 fighter nickname origins". The Underground. Retrieved 17 May 2018.
- UFC® 70. Ufc.com (18 June 2016). Retrieved on 23 June 2016.
- "UFC 105 bonuses". sherdog.com. 14 November 2009.
- "UFC 120 bonuses: Four fighters bank $60K". sherdog.com. 16 October 2010.
- "UFC Fight Night London bonuses: Bisping, Silva, Askham, Packalen earn $50K". sherdog.com. 27 February 2016.
- "UFC 204 bonuses: Bisping, Henderson, Manuwa, Alcantara pocket $50K". sherdog.com. 8 October 2016.
- "UFC Fight Night Macao bonuses: Bisping, Woodley, Mina, Sasaki win $50K". sherdog.com. 23 August 2014.
- "UFC 199 bonuses: Bisping, Henderson, Reyes, Kim receive $50K awards". sherdog.com. 4 June 2016.
- DNA, MMA. "MMA DNA UFC Awards 2016 : De Uitslagen!!!". Retrieved 28 January 2019.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Michael Bisping.|
- Michael Bisping official website
- Official UFC Profile
- Michael Bisping on IMDb
- Professional MMA record for Michael Bisping from Sherdog
| 8th UFC Middleweight Champion
4 June 2016 – 4 November 2017