Michael Bisping has signed a new eight-fight deal with the UFC.
The British middleweight’s management at Wolfslair have confirmed the news, which first emerged via an MMA Junkie report.
The new deal comes ahead of his fight with Jason ‘Mayhem’ Miller on December 3rd. The fight will serve as a finale to season 14 of The Ultimate Fighter, which premieres on Spike TV on September 21st.
Bisping had three fights remaining on his existing contract. Since his emergence from season three of The Ultimate Fighter he has consistently had one of the most secure tenures of any fighter on the UFC roster.
Critics often say that this is because the UFC needs him for the UK audience but while that may be a factor, Bisping’s results in the UFC cannot be overlooked.
He is 11-3 in the organisation overall and the only recent blemishes on his record are a points loss to Wanderlei Silva at UFC 110 and a KO loss to Dan Henderson following their time as rival coaches on The Ultimate Fighter.
In his last outing he faced Jorge Rivera in what, by fight night, was a bitter grudge match because of the relentless taunting Bisping was subjected to from Rivera and his team during the build-up.
The fight featured a foul from Bisping as he hit a prone Rivera with an illegal knee and afterwards the Brit went on a rant against Rivera’s corner team which made for ugly scenes. Fans criticised him heavily and once he had calmed down he apologised.
However, the incident has obviously not hurt him. Shortly afterwards, he was linked with the TUF 14 coaching spot, which provides significant exposure. He was supposed to be facing Chael Sonnen but Sonnen’s licensing issues at the time made the match impossible.
Instead, professional goof Mayhem Miller was brought in, as it was calculated that he and Bisping would rub each other up the wrong way and make for some dramatic moments on screen. Reports from inside sources say that this has indeed been the case.