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Michael Bisping at UFC 159
Since his entrance into the UFC in 2006, Michael Bisping has consistently lingered at the top of the middleweight division. He is the UFC’s most popular English fighter, and sports a greatly respectable record of 24-5.
However, since winning The Ultimate Fighter 3 as a light heavyweight, Bisping has lost various key matchups that would have catapulted his career into the stratosphere, and perhaps even made him UFC champion.
Michael Bisping vs. Rashad Evans: Bisping fought The Ultimate Fighter 2 heavyweight winner at UFC 78. During this time, both fighters were undefeated and vying for a championship title. Bisping lost a split decision, and Evans went on to capture the UFC light heavyweight title two fights later.
Michael Bisping vs. Wanderlei Silva: At UFC 110, the Englishman was presented with the opportunity to defeat a legend in the mixed martial arts game when he faced Wanderlei Silva. Again, Bisping lost the bout by unanimous decision and squandered yet another opportunity to place his name among the greats of MMA.
Michael Bisping vs. Any Title Elimination Contender: Unfortunately for Bisping, his other three losses occurred during title elimination matchups. At UFC 100, UFC on Fox 2, and UFC on FX 7, Bisping lost to former multiple-time world champion Dan Henderson, Chael Sonnen, and former light heavyweight UFC champion Vitor Belfort, respectively. In two of those bouts, Bisping was viciously knocked out, unofficially designating himself “gatekeeper” of the middleweight division.