Michael Bisping will make his middleweight debut on March 8th in London against The Ultimate Fighter 4 participant Charles “Chainsaw” McCarthy. Sherdog reported the matchup earlier today after receiving word of the bout from sources within American Top Team where McCarthy train.
McCarthy (10-4 MMA, 1-1 UFC) is 10-4 in his MMA career with a 1-1 mark in the UFC. He was defeated by David Loiseau at UFC 53 but was invited by the promotion to appear on the fourth season of The Ultimate Fighter. Though “Chainsaw” was defeated by Pete Sell during the series McCarthy was victorious on the live finale of the show defeating Gideon Ray with a first-round armbar. The win in late-2006 was his last professional fight.
Bisping (15-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC) has been unimpressive in his last two Octagon bouts prompting him to move to the weaker and more-natural 185-lb. middleweight division. After squeaking by with a controversial split decision win over Matt Hamill at UFC 75 in September Bisping headlined UFC 78 in New Jersey against fellow-Ultimate Fighter winner Rashad Evans. In that fight Bisping was defeated by split decision suffering his first professional MMA loss.
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