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UFC 105 Preview: Michael Bisping vs. Denis Kang

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Michael "The Count" Bisping is ready to bounce back from his recent loss, and what better place to do it than in front of his home fans. Despite July's setback loss to former multiple division world champion Dan Henderson, 30-year-old Michael Bisping remains the face of British MMA. Most fans will forgive a loss to such a high profile and experienced opponent and Mike remains a key marketable fighter in the UFC's continued push into western Europe. Zuffa did him no favors, however. They're throwing him right back in there with a strong, experienced opponent. Michael Bisping has a professional record of 17-2 with eleven wins coming by way of knockout and two wins coming by way of submission. The combined career winning percentage of the opponents that he has faced thus far is 62.0%.

Canadian fighter Denis Kang is one of those guys that had a rough beginning to his career, but improved drastically later to become a world ranked fighter. This is a huge opportunity for Kang to face a big name fighter on a big stage with tons of people watching in Europe and on SPIKE TV in the States. Can this 32-year-old get a signature win on Saturday night that would help make him a bigger draw amongst UFC fans? Denis Kang has a professional record of 32-11-1 with twelve wins coming by way of knockout and fifteen wins coming by way of submission. The combined career winning percentage of the opponents that he has faced thus far is 62.9%.

Talent has never been the issue with Kang. It is key for him to come in with the right gameplan here and take it to Bisping early. This is a big opportunity for Denis and he is well aware that big fights on live televised cards are few and far between. I'm interested to see what Bisping learned from the Henderson fight. I'd expect to see him be more discerning in picking his spots and I'd also expect to see him increase his head movement and get his hands up when in range. I'm predicting that we see a lot of standup exchanges in this one. My prediction: Michael Bisping by decision.