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Bisping, Pearson and Wilks Expected for UFC 105 in Manchester

Written by Tom Ngo
July 18th, 2009
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Michael Bisping Knocked Out

On the heels of last week’s knockout loss to Dan Henderson at UFC 100, Michael Bisping leads a strong cast of Brits scheduled for UFC 105 in Manchester, England. Rumored to be joining “The Count” are “The Ultimate Fighter 9” winners Ross Pearson and James Wilks.

UFC president Dana White already threw Bisping’s name out there for the event before the middleweight had even awoken after eating Hendo’s right hand.

“Bisping’s probably gonna fight in the next fight [card] in the U.K.,” White stated at the UFC 100 post-fight press conference.

He will be looking to bounce back from the most devastating loss of his career. Not just in magnitude, but in nature, as Henderson left the outspoken Bisping unconscious and stiff on the canvas for the first time in his career.

Bisping still posts a 17-2 record, however if he plans on climbing the 185-pound ladder than he needs to get back to his relentless and punishing ways. We saw where looking tentative and gun-shy got him.

MMAjunkie.com learned the company will parlay Bisping’s participation in the November 14th event by having his two “TUF 9” proteges accompanying him on the card.

Pearson bumped his professional record to 9-3 en route to taking the lightweight tournament. The gritty Brit defeated fellow Team U.K. comrade Andre Winner via unanimous decision to take the crown.

Wilks was much more explosive in his “The Ulitimate Fighter 9 Finale” scrap as he pulled out a 1stRound submission win over DaMarques Johnson to capture the highly-coveted six-figure contract.

He posts a 6-2 MMA record, with finishes in all of his wins.

UFC 105 is slated to jump off inside the Manchester Evening News Arena in Manchester, England. Word on the street is that the UFC and Spike TV intend on making it available for the everyday low price of $Free.99 via same-day tape delay.

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