England’s Finest: Bisping and Hardy Assigned Opponents for UFC 105

Written by Tom Ngo
August 21st, 2009

Word on the street is that popular English fighters Michael Bisping and Dan Hardy have been assigned their next Octagon challenges and, as expected, they will do it in front of their hometown peeps at UFC 105 in Manchester, England.

According to Fighters Only, Bisping will be taking on the talented, yet inconsistent-of-late, Denis Kang, while Hardy looks to hand Dong Hyun Kim his first-ever professional loss.

Bisping was originally expected to face former PrideFC 205-pound champ Wanderlei Silva on the card, however Wandy recently went under the knife to remove scar tissue from his face.

Speaking of faces, Bisping appears to have recovered from getting his slapped silly by Dan Henderson at UFC 100. The crafty veteran controlled the fight from start to finish, exposing Bisping’s lack of aggressiveness, and that’s why the Brit found himself unconscious by 3:20 in the 2ndRound.

Just a few years back, Kang (32-11- 1) was considered one of the world’s best middleweights. He was able to parlay his dynamic striking game with his strong wrestling skills and enjoy a 21-fight winning streak. That five-year run was brought to a crashing halt when Kazuo Misaki took a unanimous decision over him at “Pride: Bushido 13” in November 2006.

Posting that L really must have gotten into Kang’s dome as he has gone a meager 4-3 since. However, he did show signs of life when he took down an explosive Xavier Foupa-Pokam at UFC 97.

Bisping/Wandy was slated to be UFC 105’s final bout, however Fighters Only is reporting that a Bisping/Kang tango would only warrant co-main event status in favor of a yet-to-be-named “high-profile” scrap.

The rambunctious Hardy pulled out a razor-thin split decision over bitter rival Marcus Davis at UFC 99 in June, which bumped his UFC record to a perfect to 3-0, 22-6 overall. Hardy has made no bones about his desires to showcase his skills against the world’s best, and Kim would be another solid notch in the belt.

The Korean owns a 12-0-1 mark, with his most recent win coming in a unanimous decision over T.J. Grant at UFC 100. Kim technically lost to Karo Parisyan at UFC 94, however the victory was subsequently overturned by the Nevada State Athletic Commission after Parisyan failed a drug test for pain killers.

UFC 105 takes place inside the Manchester Evening News Arena and will be made available for North American viewers for free via same-day tape delay on Spike TV.

Here are the fighters rumored to be competing on November 14th:

Roli Delgado vs. Andre Winner
DaMarques Johnson vs. Peter Sobotta
Ross Pearson vs. Aaron Riley
James Wilks vs. Matt Brown
Dan Hardy vs. Dong Hyun Kim
Michael Bisping vs. Denis Kang

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