Michael Bisping has spent a decade working toward UFC glory. After winning The Ultimate Fighter 3 in 2006, Bisping has consistently been ranked one of the best fighters in his division, whether as a light heavyweight or middleweight. With each stumble along the way, he has regrouped and come back stronger.
Because of that, he is now on the verge of making MMA history.
Bisping will be fighting for the 27th time in the Octagon at UFC 204. This will tie him with Tito Ortiz and Frank Mir for most in UFC history. However, he can accomplish something that neither of these men — or any person — has done. A win this Saturday would make Bisping the first person to ever reach 20 wins in the UFC.
Grabbing these wins has not been easy for the champion. He has faced some of the sport's best fighters, such as Brian Stann, Anderson Silva and Luke Rockhold, and come away with victories. Though he started his UFC career fighting at 205 lbs, he has since accumulated the most wins in the middleweight division's history with 15, just ahead of the GOAT, Anderson Silva.
With the weight of the record upon him, some fans might imagine that "The Count" could begin feeling the pressure, and falter because of it. However, Bisping has built himself up to deal with the pressure. UFC 204 marks the fourth straight main event for Bisping, and his 12th overall. It will be his fourth time fighting in his hometown of Manchester and third fighting there under the UFC banner. It seems like nothing will make him crack, so he should be able to deal with any stress as it comes.
Bisping has nothing left to prove in the sport. As a TUF Champion and the first British Champion in UFC history, he will already go down as one of the best the promotion has ever seen. However, becoming the winningest fighter in UFC history would all but cement the Count's incredible legacy.