Michael Bisping was the unlikeliest champion in the UFC this year. He was a veteran who never won the title until one great shot silenced all of his critics. He also had a great 2016 that is why he was named Fighter of the Year by Rolling Stone.
Rolling Stone names Michael Bisping as the Fighter of the Year for 2016
Despite other deserving candidates to be named as Fighter of the Year, Rolling Stone announced on their official website that “The Count” is the best fighter of 2016. The American magazine pointed out that this year was the best of Bisping’s 10-year career and his 3-0 record was enough to get him the nod.
“Bisping’s road to the top of the mountain was arguably more tumultuous than any other titleholder in UFC history. That’s just one reason why he’s the Rolling Stone “Fighter of the Year” for 2016,” the magazine reported.
Michael Bisping’s amazing year
The 37-year-old champion is currently on a five-fight winning streak. He is 3-0 this year and he started it off with a huge win over Anderson Silva. It was a very controversial fight but Bisping was able to outpoint Silva to get the unanimous decision victory in front of his hometown fans in London, England.
Bisping then stepped up to replace Chris Weidman at UFC 199 in a title bout against Luke Rockhold. Despite the 17 days notice, the brash Englishman won the fight in the first round via knockout in what is considered as one of the biggest upsets in UFC history.
The champ then ended the year with a unanimous decision win against Dan Henderson. It was a great outcome for Bisping because he avenged his embarrassing KO loss to Henderson seven years earlier back in UFC 100.
What’s next for Michael Bisping in 2017?
There is still no scheduled fight for Bisping next year. However, fighters like Luke Rockhold, Yoel Romero, Anderson Silva and Georges St-Pierre could challenge him for the UFC middleweight championship.
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