The 2019 Class of the UFC Hall Of Fame has its first inductee as the promotion announced today that Michael “The Count” Bisping will enter the hall’s “Modern Wing.” Bisping officially retired on May 28, 2018 with a professional record of 30-9. During his career he won the UFC Welterweight Championship once and successfully defended it against Dan Henderson before losing it to MMA legend Georges St. Pierre at UFC 217.
Bisping started his MMA career in 2004 fighting for various British promotions including Pride & Glory, Cage Rage Championships, Cage Warriors Fighting Championship (CWFC) and FX3. During this time he amassed a 10-0 record with 6 knockouts to his credit.
In 2006 Bisping would start to become known to UFC fans as he was selected to take part in The Ultimate Fighter 3, a popular reality series aired on Spike TV that would assign aspiring MMA fighters with coaches selected from the UFC’s roster.
Bisping would be selected to join Tito Ortiz’s team and won both his preliminary and semi-final round matches before defeating Josh Haynes at the season finale. Bisping would score the first TKO victory of his UFC career at 4:14 of the second round.
Michael would return to The Ultimate Fighter for season 14 as a coach, with fellow UFC fighter Jason “Mayhem” Miller acting as opposing coach. Miller and Bisping would fight at the season finale on December 3, 2011 with Bisping notching another TKO victory at 3:34 of the third round.
During his 29 UFC fights he received five Fight of the Night honors and his TKO win over Cung Lee on August 3, 2014 earned him the performance of the night bonus. Bisping’s win over Luke Rockhold on UFC 199 was also name Upset of the Year for 2016.
Through the course of his career, Bisping would earn wins over some of the most well known names in the promotion. Chris Leben, Dan Miller, Anderson Silva and Dan Henderson were all fighters who faced Bisping and failed to beat him.
Bisping was well-known for some of his pre-fight posturing which seems mild in comparison to today’s fighters but often earned him disdain from opposing fans. One thing that he was very consistent with was showing respect to his opponent’s after the fight whether he won or lost.
Perhaps one of the most iconic moments of his career was after his win over Anderson Silva when he praised Silva and said he was one of his biggest inspirations. Silva would kneel down and Bisping would drop to the canvas and bow to the MMA legend.
Post-retirement Bisping remains active in the sport as an analyst for the UFC where he brings his unique perspective to the broadcasts. He is also very entertaining when conducting interviews as the fighters he speaks with know that their interviewer has been through the same trials and tribulations that they have.
The UFC Hall of Fame ceremony takes place on Friday, July 5, 2019 and will be broadcast exclusively on UFC Fight Pass.