Top-10 ranked middleweights Michael Bisping and Gegard Mousasi will square off at UFC Fight Night 83 on Feb. 27 at O2 Arena in London, England. UFC officials announced the bout on Tuesday. Although a formal bout position was not declared at this point, Bisping and Mousasi will likely headline the card.
Bisping (27-2) has been up-and-down since a four-fight run back in 2010-2011, tied for the longest win streak of his UFC career. Since a submission loss to Luke Rockhold in Nov. 2014, “The Count” has put together back-to-back victories over CB Dolloway in April, and Thales Leites in July — both by decision. Currently ranked no. 7 at 185-pounds, Bisping sits right below Lyoto Machida at no. 5 and Tim Kennedy at no. 6.
Mousasi (37-6-2) is ranked no. 9 in the division. The 30-year-old Dutch fighter last fought in September when he was stopped by Uriah Hall via TKO. Prior to that he had already fought twice in 2015, stopping Dan Henderson via TKO in January, and defeating Costas Philippou via unanimous decision in May.
Mousasi wants to get back on track and Bisping is looking to break into the top 5. At 36-years-old Bisping likely doesn’t have many fights left in him and this could be his final run at gold.
UFC Fight Night 83 now includes:
- Middleweight: Michael Bisping vs. Gegard Mousasi
- Featherweight: Mike Wilkinson vs. Makwan Amirkhani
- Lightweight: Norman Parke vs. Rustam Khabilov
Stay close to www.adcombat.com as more bouts are added to this card in the coming weeks.