Michael Bisping is expected to make the latest defence of his middleweight crown against legendary UFC champion Georges St-Pierre’s in the summer.
The organisation’s president Dana White has now made the promotion official.
The 38-year-old mixed martial artist, who hails from Clitheroe, was paired with the two-time welterweight virtuoso after the Canadian athlete agreed to terms on a new contract, signalling the end of a three-year hiatus from the sport.
Proposed plans would see the contest between the UFC luminaries take place in early July, headlining the company’s pay-per-view during International Fight Week.
However, no official date or venue has been confirmed.
St-Pierre (25-2), who has never competed at 185lbs, relinquished his strap in November 2013 following a split decision victory over Johny Hendricks at UFC 167 and hasn’t been in the Octagon since.
Meanwhile, Bisping has won five consecutive bouts, the longest streak of his UFC career, having seen off C.B. Dollaway, Thales Leites, Anderson Silva, Luke Rockhold and Dan Henderson.
During a press conference at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, ‘The Count’ said: “You went away. Coming back, the sport is a different place. Game over.
“When is the fight Georges? When is the fight? When do you want to fight? I’ll fight right now. That’s the difference between you and me. I’m a real fighter. You’re an athlete, and good for you.
“You’re a very, very good athlete, but you’re an athlete. I’m a fighter. Fact.”