Michael Bisping has been booked for his next fight, and as per usual for the perennial contender, it’s a tough one.
The UFC has announced that Bisping (26-7) will take on Thales Leites (25-4), who has been steadily working his way up the middleweight ranks since he returned to the UFC. The bout will headline the July 18th, UFC FN 72 card at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow, Scotland.
The Brazilian is riding an eight fight winning streak, and has defeated Tom Watson, Ed Herman, Francis Carmont, Trevor Smith and most recently Tim Boetsch while doing so. Leites is currently ranked #10 at 185.
“The Count”, on the other hand, worked his way to a UD win over CB Dollaway in April, after he was submitted by Luke Rockhold last November. The British star has gone 3-2 in his last five scraps, with his others wins coming over Cung Le and Alan Belcher. The other defeat was to Tim Kennedy. Bisping is ranked #9 at 185.
So, that’s an interesting fight, and it will be fascinating to see if Bisping can turn back the Leites’ tide. The book on Leites for some time was that you primarily had to to worry about his world class ground game, but his striking has come a long ways in recent years.
In addition, the UFC has announced that lightweight Ross Pearson (17-8) will face Evan Dunham (15-6).
Pearson knocked out Sam Stout in his last outing, and is 2-2-1 in his last 5 scraps. The slugger has also defeated Gray Maynard during that time, and has incurred losses via Al Iaquinta and Diego Sanchez. The no contest came against Melvin Guillard.
Dunham worked his way to a unanimous decision win over Rodrigo Damm in January, after dropping consecutive bouts to Edson Barboza, Donald Cerrone and Rafael dos Anjos (not exactly class B competition).
Pearson-Dunham, which has the potential to be outstanding, will be the card’s co-main event.