Michael Bisping has been a man on a mission as of late. If there’s been a middleweight fight happening, he’s been there to tell anyone with a microphone that he’s more than willing to take on the winner of that fight. He did it after Anderson Silva beat Chael Sonnen, he did it after Chris Weidman beat Mark Munoz, he did it after Alan Belcher defeated Rousimar Palhares and just in case the UFC was thinking of giving Brian Stann a shot at a top contender, he called him out as well.
The middleweight mouth that roared can finally relax; the UFC has given him a fight, and it’s even against one of the fighters he called out—Brian Stann. The fight, which the UFC announced, will take place at UFC 152 in Toronto on September 22.
The Bisping versus Stann fight will have co-main-event status in Toronto. Main-event status that night will go to the flyweights. Joseph Benavidez and Demetrious Johnson will headline the fight card, with the winner being crowned the first flyweight champion in the history of the UFC.
Benavidez and Johnson started on the path toward their upcoming bout back in March when the UFC held the first round of a four-man flyweight tournament. Benavidez earned a TKO win over his opponent, Yasuhiro Urushitani, while a scoring tabulation error saw Johnson’s fight with Ian McCall declared a majority draw long after Johnson had been declared the winner inside the Octagon.
Johnson and McCall would meet again, with Johnson taking home the unanimous decision, punching his ticket to the matchup with Benavidez.
Also appearing on the card will be the recently un-retired BJ Penn, who is set to face Rory MacDonald.