The winner of The Ultimate Fighter 2, Rashad Evans, will face The Ultimate Fighter 3’s winner, Michael Bisping, on November 17th in New Jersey at “UFC 78: Validation” according to an official announcement made by the UFC. The fight is the main event.
Both fighters enter the bout undefeated.
After tallying a 5-0 record in other promotions Evans made his way to the UFC by way of the second season of The Ultimate Fighter. On the finale of the season Evans topped Brad Imes to claim the season crown. Since then he has yet to lose in the octagon defeating Sam Hoger, Stephan Bonnar, Jason Lambert, and Sean Salmon before fighting to a draw with Tito Ortiz earlier this year at UFC 73. Prior to the official announcement of the bout Evans was expected to face Tito Ortiz in his next fight, possibly as the main event of UFC 78.
Bisping is coming off a very-controversial split decision victory over Matt Hamill at UFC 75. The victory, widely criticized, led many to call for an immediate rematch but a knee injury has sidelined Hamill for an extended period of time putting the proposed rematch on hold. The face of the UFC in Europe Bisping has UFC victories over Josh Haynes, Eric Schafer, Elvis Sinosic, and Hamill while fighting his way to a 14-0 MMA record.
Additional fights on the card include Karo Parisyan vs. Hector Lombard, Joe Lauzon vs. Jason Reinhardt, and Frank Edgar vs. Spencer Fisher. MMAFrenzy.com will have an exclusive interview with Reinhardt available in the coming days so stay tuned for the in-depth talk with the fighter who holds the best record in all of MMA.