MICHAEL "THE COUNT" BISPING

Michael is an English mixed martial artist who was born on a British military base in Nicosia, Cyprus, and later moved to Lancashire, England. Michael is the most accomplished and popular mixed martial artist to come out of England: He is a former Cage Rage Light Heavyweight, and winner of the “The Ultimate Fighter 3” Light heavyweight season. In 2008, Michael moved to the middleweight division, and has called it home ever since. Michael is currently the Middleweight Champion.

  • Made his professional debut in 2004
  • Winner of “The Ultimate Fighter” season 3 by TKO (2006)
  • First British MMA athlete to win The Ultimate Fighter
  • Became the first British fighter to headline a UFC card on UFC 78
  • Received 3 Fight of the Night bonuses and 1 Performance of the Night bonus

Q & A WITH
"THE COUNT"

When and why did you start training for fighting?

I’ve been doing martial arts since I was 8 years old, but I started training for mixed martial arts specifically in the summer of 2003. I had done kickboxing and jiu-jitsu for years, but I took it up as a career in 2003. I had a lot of jobs but I had never been happy in anything I did. So when I did this, it was the best thing I’ve ever done in my life – I’ve never been happier and so far things have been going really well.

What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC?

I was an upholsterer, making furniture, when I switched to MMA. Before that,you name it and I’ve done it. But all the crappy jobs though, nothing too flamboyant. I was a slaughterman, builder & laborer.

When and why did you start training for fighting?

I’ve been doing martial arts since I was 8 years old, but I started training for mixed martial arts specifically in the summer of 2003. I had done kickboxing and jiu-jitsu for years, but I took it up as a career in 2003. I had a lot of jobs but I had never been happy in anything I did. So when I did this, it was the best thing I’ve ever done in my life – I’ve never been happier and so far things have been going really well.

What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC?

I was an upholsterer, making furniture, when I switched to MMA. Before that,you name it and I’ve done it. But all the crappy jobs though, nothing too flamboyant. I was a slaughterman, builder & laborer.

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