Michael Bisping will look to make it three wins in succession when he collides with Robert Whittaker later in the year.
Having dealt with Thales Leites in a hard-fought battle at UFC Fight Night 72 last month, adding to April’s triumph over C.B. Dollaway, the “Count” moves on to UFC 193 in Melbourne, Australia, on November 15th.
Whittaker (14-4-0) has an unblemished record at middleweight and goes in to the contest on the back of a first round knockout victory over Brad Tavares.
But the 36-year-old, from Clitheroe, has responded well to his reversal against Luke Rockhold last year, where a well executed guillotine choke forced a second round submission.
Victory for Bisping on the undercard of Robbie Lawler’s Welterweight title defence against Carlos Condit inside the 60-000 seat Etihad Stadium would go a long way to getting back in the frame for an elusive title shot.