While serving as analyst on Fox Sports 1’s UFC Pre-Fight Show, middleweight Michael Bisping (pictured) announced he will battle bitter rival Luke Rockhold on November 8 at a yet-to-be determined venue in Sydney.
Oddly, just one week ago UFC president Dana White said he was more interested in arranging a tango between Lyoto Machida and Rockhold, instead of the much-talked about Bisping-Rockhold matchup. No word on what caused White to do an about-face.
Bisping is just 13 days removed from his lopsided TKO victory over Cung Le. “The Count” has alternated between wins and losses over his past seven outings, so if the trend holds, Rockhold is in a great position to leave Australia with his hand raised.
Rockhold will be riding a two-fight winning streak into the grudge match. He has been calling out Bisping since April’s submission of Tim Boetsch at UFC 172.
No word if the 185-pound affair will headline the show, which will stream live on UFC Fight Pass.