Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

UFC Ace Bisping Primed for a Homecoming Bout ; U SHELDAN KEAY

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

UFC Ace Bisping Primed for a Homecoming Bout ; U SHELDAN KEAY

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UFC will return to the Manchester Arena on October 26.

Clitheroe's Michael Bisping will headline the event against American Mark Munoz, as he bids to secure a shot at the middleweight title in 2014.

It will be Bisping's first competitive return to the city since his victory against Denis Kang in November 2009.

The 34-year-old, who has won 24 and lost five, got back to winning ways in April with victory against Alan Belcher in New Jersey after suffering a second round TKO against Brazilian Vitor Belfort in a final eliminator in January.

Bisping is yet to lose a fight in England, winning all 16 of his bouts that have taken place in the UK.

His last fight on these shores saw him defeat Yoshihiro Akiyama in London in October 2010.

And he is determined to make an impression on his return to Manchester.

"I think this fight has been on the cards for a long time," he said.

"It's a logical match up. We've been in the division for a long time.

"We're both top 10, we both want our title shot. …

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