Las Vegas – UFC® today announced that former UFC middleweight champion and winner of season three of The Ultimate Fighter®, Michael Bisping, will be inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame’s ‘Modern Wing’ as a member of the class of 2019. The 2019 UFC Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, presented by Toyo Tires®, will take place on Friday, July 5 in Las Vegas. The event will be streamed live and exclusively on UFC FIGHT PASS®.
“It’s hard to have the level of talent needed to compete in UFC for any amount of time, but Michael Bisping was able to have an 11-year career where he became a world champion and won The Ultimate Fighter, not many people can say that,” UFC President Dana White said. “He also came back and coached The Ultimate Fighter and is now one of the best analysts on our broadcast team. Michael has been a huge part of not only building our brand, but also the sport of mixed martial arts. He absolutely deserves to be in the UFC Hall of Fame. Congratulations.”
Bisping, the first British fighter to become a UFC champion, will enter the UFC Hall of Fame as a member of the Modern Wing, joining Forrest Griffin (2013), BJ Penn (2015), Urijah Faber (2017) and Ronda Rousey (2018). The “Modern Era” category includes athletes who turned pro on or after November 17, 2000 (when the rules of mixed martial arts were adopted), are a minimum age of 35, or have been retired for one year or more.
A veteran of 40 professional fights during his 13-year career, Bisping compiled a record of 31-9, while capturing the UFC middleweight title, as well as the Cage Warriors, and Cage Rage light heavyweight titles. During his impressive career, Bisping earned notable victories over UFC Hall of Famer Dan Henderson, former UFC middleweight champions Anderson Silva and Luke Rockhold, former Strikeforce® middleweight champion Cung Le, former WEC® light heavyweight champion Brian Stann, and former WEC middleweight champion Chris Leben.
Following impressive stints with Cage Warriors and Cage Rage, Bisping entered the third installment of UFC’s The Ultimate Fighter: Team Ortiz vs. Team Shamrock, with a 10-0 record in 2006. Bisping breezed through his first two fights on the show, dispatching each opponent with first round stoppages, before finishing Josh Hayes via second round TKO to win the light heavyweight tournament. Bisping began his post-TUF career at UFC® 66: LIDDELL vs. ORTIZ, on December 30, 2006, defeating Eric Schafer via first-round TKO.
In 2011, Bisping would return to The Ultimate Fighter as a coach for season 14 against Jason Miller, while training featherweights and bantamweights in The Ultimate Fighter: Team Bisping vs. Team Miller. Bisping defeated Miller via TKO in the main event of The Ultimate Fighter: Team Bisping vs. Team Miller Finale.
During his remarkable tenure inside the world-famous Octagon®, “The Count”, complete with his trademark entrance music, “Song 2” by Blur, would become a global fan favorite, registering a 20-9 record in UFC, which included capturing the UFC middleweight title by defeating Luke Rockhold at UFC® 199: ROCKHOLD vs. BISPING 2 in June 2016. Having lost to Rockhold in 2014, Bisping took the fight as the main event’s second replacement, on 17 days’ notice, winning the contest via strikes in the first round.
Bisping enters the UFC Hall of Fame with an impressive resume that includes:
16 wins as a UFC middleweight – most in UFC history
20 wins – Tied for 2nd in UFC history
29 total fights – Tied for 3rd most in UFC history
5:15:15 of time inside the Octagon – most by a middleweight in UFC history
1,384 significant strikes as a middleweight – most in the history of the middleweight division
1,567 total significant strikes – 2nd in UFC history (Max Holloway – 1,627)
1 of 8 TUF winners to become an undisputed UFC champion
The only UFC athlete in UFC history to win a season of The Ultimate Fighter and become a UFC champion that also successfully defended their title
1 of 4 UFC athletes to land 100 or more significant strikes in five different fights (TJ Dillashaw, Max Holloway, Joanna Jedrzejczyk)
Headlined UFC events in seven different countries – most in UFC history
A native of Manchester, England, Bisping began training jiu-jitsu at the age of eight. At the age of 15, he competed as an amateur in Britain’s first “no holds barred” competition, a precursor to modern MMA. Outside the Octagon, Bisping has become an accomplished combat sports analyst and commentator for UFC, as well as a successful entrepreneur as a stakeholder in UFC GYM – Costa Mesa and UFC UK. He has also excelled as an actor with roles / cameos in Den of Thieves; XXX: Return of Zander Cage; My Name is Lenny; and Triple Threat. He lives with his wife and three children in Orange County, CA.
The remaining inductees of the UFC Hall of Fame class of 2019 will be announced in the coming weeks leading to the 8th Annual UFC International Fight Week ™, taking place from Wednesday, July 3 – Sunday, July 7 in Las Vegas. To view Bisping’s UFC FIGHT PASS collection please visit: https://www.ufc.tv/category/ufc-hall-of-fame-michael-bisping-2019.
To view the Hall of Fame fight library, please visit UFCHOF. To see a complete list of UFC athletes and fights enshrined in the UFC Hall of Fame, as well as details regarding the UFC Hall of Fame format, please visit UFCHOFFAQ. For additional information, please visit UFC.com.
LFA RETURNS TO SOUTH DAKOTA
INTERIM LIGHTWEIGHT TITLE FIGHT
LFA 64 - PARK vs. JACKSON
HARVEY "FIGHTBOT" PARK
DEMARQUES "SCRAP IRON" JACKSON
INTERIM LIGHTWEIGHT TITLE FIGHT
FRIDAY, APRIL 26th LIVE on AXS TV
in SIOUX FALLS, SOUTH DAKOTA
Tickets on sale Monday March 18th through Ticketmaster.comSPECIAL PRE SALE!! Thursday March 14th 10:00 am-8:00 pm central Click HERE for PRE SALE
LAS VEGAS, Nevada - LFA CEO Ed Soares announced today that the promotion will crown an interim lightweight champion when the promotion returns to South Dakota in April.
The main event of LFA 64 will feature an interim lightweight title bout when Sheriff's Deputy Harvey "Fightbot" Park battles fellow top prospect Demarques "Scrap Iron" Jackson. LFA 64 - Park vs. Jackson takes place Friday, April 26th at the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The entire main card will be televised live and nationwide on AXS TV at 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT.
"I am excited to bring LFA back to South Dakota at LFA 64," stated Soares. "Harvey Park and Demarques Jackson are two of the most exciting prospects in the sport. They will face each other for the LFA interim lightweight title, while the champion Austin Hubbard takes time off. The winner of Park vs. Jackson will face Hubbard to unify the title later this year. On, Friday, April 26th, we will add the next chapter to the state's history, which began with its first sanctioned event at RFA 17."
Tickets for LFA 64 - Park vs. Jackson will be available for purchase Monday March 18th at Ticketmaster.com
Park (11-2) is a U.S. Navy veteran and Curry County Sheriff's Deputy from Clovis, New Mexico. He made his LFA debut last May in the high altitude of Vail, Colorado. Park fought Austin Hubbard in a back-and-forth fight, but Hubbard won the decision. That earned Hubbard a title shot, which he won to become champion. Park used that fight as motivation. He won his next two fights in emphatic fashion, including one of the most memorable fights of 2018. After suffering a compound fracture to his right ring finger in the first round of his fight against Le'Ville Simpson at LFA 53, the "Fightbot" cruised to a dominant win in Arizona with the bone protruding. Two months later, Park stopped Jaleel Willis via a first round TKO in the main event of LFA 58 in his home state of New Mexico. The lively lawman now has his sights set on LFA gold.
Jackson (10-2) will be returning to the venue where he announced his arrival to the promotion and the global MMA scene ten months ago at LFA 37. The Hard Knocks 365 product flew in from south Florida like a hurricane last spring. He only needed 1 minute and 48 seconds to blow away Hamilton Ash in the first round with a highlight reel knock out. The man known as "Scrap Iron" picked up another win over Bryce Logan in Bellator only to return to the LFA Octagon with another stunning first round finish in December. Jackson showed off his submission game by tapping Bobby Lee via Guillotine Choke in the co-main event of LFA 56. The dynamic lightweight looks to stay hot when he meets a man that made his LFA debut just two weeks after him in 2018. Jackson returns to Sioux Falls at LFA 64. This time on a quest for LFA gold.
RFA visited South Dakota four times and produced a plethora of top talent at those four events. Twelve fighters went on to compete for the UFC and six more would go on to fight for Bellator. Christos Giagos, Luke Sanders, Devin Clark, Geane Herrera, Khalil Rountree, Matthew Lopez, Terrion Ware, Jordan Johnson, Joe Gigliotti, Brian Camozzi, Raoni Barcelos, and Te Edwards are the twelve fighters that competed for the RFA in South Dakota before signing with the UFC. Justin Lawrence, Mark Dickman, Dakota Cochrane, Francisco France, Leandro Higo, and Logan Storley are the six fighters that competed for the RFA in South Dakota before signing with Bellator.
LFA has also produced stars in its first three visits to the state since the merger of RFA and Legacy. Two fighters went on to sign with the UFC and ten more would go on to fight for Bellator.
Sabina Mazo won the LFA women's flyweight title during the LFA's most recent trip to the state at LFA 37. She became the first Colombian world champion in MMA and the first female world champion in MMA to be crowned in South Dakota. She is scheduled to make her UFC debut on March 30th at UFC on ESPN 2. Maurice Greene became the first heavyweight to win fights in the LFA and UFC via submission. He accomplished this feat in his debut fight for both promotions at LFA 19 and the UFC - TUF 28 Finale. The Ultimate Fighter 28 semi-finalist remained perfect in the UFC this past weekend at UFC on ESPN+ 4. He defeated fellow LFA standout Jeff Hughes in a rematch of their LFA heavyweight title fight, which took place just ten months ago.
Currently Announced Main Card (Televised on AXS TV at 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT):
Main Event | Interim Lightweight Title Bout
(155 lb): Harvey Park (11-2) vs. Demarques Jackson (10-2)
170 lb: Jason Jackson (8-3) vs Anthony Adams (8-1)
185 lb: Tyler Vogel (8-4) vs Taylor Johnson (5-0)
165 lb: Dionisio Ramirez (7-5) vs Jordon Larson (9-5)
170 lb: Tyler Ray (3-1) vs Sam Garrett (3-1)
LFA 64 will be the fourth LFA event to take place in the state of South Dakota. RFA visited "The Mount Rushmore State" four times before the merger. That includes RFA 17, which was the first sanctioned MMA event to take place in the state of South Dakota. Further information about LFA 64 will be announced soon. The entire main card of LFA 64 will be televised live and nationwide on AXS TV at 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT
(C - FTW) MAX HOLLOWAY vs. (#3 - LW) DUSTIN POIRIER
(#4) KELVIN GASTELUM vs. (#5) ISRAEL ADESANYA
TICKETS FOR UFC® 236: HOLLOWAY vs. POIRIER 2 AT THE ALL-NEW STATE FARM ARENA GO ON SALE FRIDAY, MARCH 8
PRELIMINARY FIGHTS LIVE ON ESPN, ESPN DEPORTES
Las Vegas – For the first time in over two years, the UFC returns to Atlanta and brings with it two pivotal title fights, as reigning featherweight champion and No. 4-ranked pound-for-pound fighter in the world Max Holloway moves up in weight to attempt to become the fourth athlete to hold two UFC belts at the same time when he takes on No. 3-ranked lightweight contender Dustin Poirier for the interim UFC lightweight crown. Also, top middleweight contenders clash for the interim 185-pound belt as No. 4-ranked Kelvin Gastelum and No. 5-ranked Israel Adesanya vie for their first gold strap. UFC® 236: HOLLOWAY vs. POIRIER 2 takes place Saturday, April 13 at the all-new State Farm Arena and will air live on Pay-Per-View.
Preliminary fights will air nationally in English and Spanish on ESPN and ESPN Deportes starting at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT. In addition to linear coverage of the preliminaries, fans will be able to purchase and watch UFC 236 on ESPN.com/UFC236, beginning in late March. Once purchased, fans will be able to watch the event on the web or in the ESPN App on mobile or TV-connected devices. They also can purchase and watch UFC 236 on UFC.com or the UFC App.
After dominating 13 opponents in a row at featherweight, reigning champion Holloway (20-3, fighting out of Waianae, Hawaii) moves up in weight for the first time in his career, as he chases the top of the pound-for-pound rankings by joining Conor McGregor, Daniel Cormier and Amanda Nunes as the only athletes to hold two UFC belts at the same time. During his run at featherweight, Holloway finished former long-time featherweight champion Jose Aldo twice, former lightweight champion Anthony Pettis, and previously undefeated challenger Brian Ortega. Now, Holloway looks to avenge the first loss of his professional career by being only the second man to defeat Poirier in the last four years.
Poirier (24-5, 1 NC fighting out of Coconut Creek, Fla.) aims to capitalize on the best run of his UFC tenure, as he looks to capture his first UFC title by proving his 2012 win over Holloway was no fluke. With his last four wins all earning him post-fight bonuses, Poirier has established himself as one of the most dangerous and entertaining competitors in arguably the deepest division in UFC. With his most recent stoppage wins coming over former lightweight champions Eddie Alvarez and Anthony Pettis, as well as durable top-contender Justin Gaethje, Poirier is confident that he has what it takes to stop Holloway from joining the ranks of double champions.
Six years to the day that he became The Ultimate Fighter: 17 middleweight champion Gastelum (16-3, 1 NC fighting out of Yuma, Ariz., by way of Huntington Beach, Calif.) is set to compete for the first UFC title of his career. Previously scheduled to face current middleweight champion Robert Whittaker at UFC 234 in February before Whittaker was forced to withdraw due to illness, Gastelum now looks to further cement his status in the division by becoming the only man to defeat fellow top-contender Adesanya. Coming off impressive wins over former middleweight champion Michael Bisping and No. 3-ranked contender Jacare Souza, Gastelum believes that the time is now for him to prove that he is the best middleweight in the world.
One of the fastest-rising prospects in UFC history, Adesanya (16-0, fighting out of Auckland, New Zealand) is fresh off an impressive victory over legendary former middleweight champion Anderson Silva and is now set to compete for his first title just over a year after joining the promotion. A multiple-time kickboxing champion with a reported record of 75-4, Adesanya is one of the highest-level strikers to ever compete in the Octagon, as evidenced by 13 of his 16 MMA wins coming via KO. Adesanya is now poised on the break of superstardom and intends to show that he is as good as he says by becoming the first person in history to KO Gastelum.
Additional bouts on the card include:
Former light heavyweight title challenger and No. 12-ranked contender Ovince Saint Preux (23-12, fighting out of Knoxville, Tenn.) looks to bounce back into the win column against Ukrainian prospect Nikita Krylov (25-6, fighting out of Donetsk, Ukraine)
Knockout artists clash as former football player Eryk Anders (11-3, fighting out of Birmingham, Ala.) and The Ultimate Fighter veteran Khalil Rountree (8-3, fighting out of Las Vegas, Nev.) look to establish themselves as fighters to watch in the light heavyweight division
Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series signee Montel Jackson (7-1, fighting out of Milwaukee, Wisc.) hunts for another first-round finish against the durable Andre Soukhamthath (13-6, Lake Worth, Fla. by way of Woonsocket, R.I.)
Former flyweight title challenger and current No. 5-ranked contender Wilson Reis (23-9, fighting out of San Diego, Calif.) aims to defend his rank and work his way back to another title shot by taking out No. 6-ranked contender Alexandre Pantoja (20-3, Arraial Do Cabo, Brazil)
The first athlete officially signed from Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series Boston Salmon (6-1, fighting out of Las Vegas, Nev.) makes his long-anticipated UFC debut against German prospect Khalid Taha (12-2, fighting out of Dortmund, Germany)