An important middleweight has been added to what is set to a big pay-per-view in Melbourne, Australia. ESPN’s Brett Okamoto reports a fight between Michael Bisping and Robert Whittaker is set for UFC 193 on November 14th (the 15th in Australia due to time zone difference). The bout was previously reported by Front Row Brian.
Bisping (27-7) is no stranger to appearing on Australian shows. He’s fought on 3 previous events in Sydney, with his last one ending as a submission loss to Luke Rockhold. The Brit has since won his last two, beating C.B. Dollaway by unanimous decision and Thales Leites by split decision.
Whittaker (14-4) has looked sensational in his two appearances at middleweight. The TUF Smashes welterweight winner finished Clint Hester in two rounds last November, then followed that up with a 44-second mauling of Brad Tavares in May. The 24-year-old is ranked #13 in the division, with Bisping at #8.
UFC 193 is headlined by a welterweight championship fight between reigning champion Robbie Lawler and former UFC interim champion Carlos Condit. The PPV will take place at Melbourne’s Etihad Stadium, which holds a capacity of well over 50,000.
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