Michael Bisping vs. Demian Maia Set for UFC on Fox 2

First LastCorrespondent IDecember 7, 2011

ANAHEIM, CA - NOVEMBER 12:  Mixed martial arts fighter Michael Bisping attends UFC on Fox:  Live Heavyweight Championship at the Honda Center on November 12, 2011 in Anaheim, California.  (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
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Middleweight contenders Michael Bisping and Demian Maia will finally meet at UFC on Fox 2, which goes down Jan. 28 at the United Center in Chicago, IL.

The fight was confirmed through ESPN by the UFC after speculation that Bisping would be making his return as early as the first month of 2012.

Bisping is coming off his impressive victory over Jason "Mayhem" Miller at the Ultimate Fighter Finale. After an intense season of TUF opposite Miller, Bisping had little trouble in stopping his opponent three rounds into the fight by strikes. It set him up for a possible chance at a top contender, and Maia is someone who has experience fighting the very best.

Maia will enter the bout with a 15-3 record, including nine of those from inside the Octagon. His only losses are to Anderson Silva, Nate Marquardt and Mark Munoz.

A win for Bisping would mean he is one of the top fighter's in the division, and one fight away from a long-awaited title shot.