What we here at Notinhalloffame.com consider December to April the “Hall of Fame Season” and part of that are the staggered announcements for the UFC Hall of Fame. The first announcement came last night as Michael Bisping who will enter as the Modern Era inductee and is the first member of the Class of 2019.
Making his Mixed Martial Arts debut in 2004, he would win Ultimate Fighter 3 two years later as a Welterweight. Bisping would eventually move up to Middleweight and would be a top contender for years, though he always seemed to be one fight away from challenging for the UFC Middleweight Title. High profile losses to Dan Henderson, Wanderlei Silva, Chael Sonnen, Vitor Belfort and Luke Rockhold were offset by big wins over Jason Miller, Cung Le, Thales Leites and Anderson Silva but the title seemed to elude him until UFC 199. On that night, he took a fight on short notice against Luke Rockhold to avenge his previous defeat and win the Middleweight Championship. He followed that up with a successful title defense against Dan Henderson, who beat him at UFC 100. He would lose the title to the legendary Georges St-Pierre at UFC 217 and retired shortly after one more loss.
Historically speaking, Bisping is the first (and only) British fighter to win a championship in the UFC and he is without question the greatest British fighter ever. His 16 wins as a Middleweight is a UFC record and four times he would win “Fight of the Night”. Bisping retired with a record of 30 Wins and 9 Losses.
We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to congratulate Michael Bisping for earning this honor.