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Michael Bisping Signs Eight-Fight Contract With UFC

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UFC middleweight Michael Bisping signed an eight-fight contract to stay within the promotion.

LONDON ENGLAND: Michael Bisping of Great Britain celebrates victory against Yoshihiro Akiyama of Japan during their UFC middleweight bout at the O2 Arena in London England.  (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
LONDON ENGLAND: Michael Bisping of Great Britain celebrates victory against Yoshihiro Akiyama of Japan during their UFC middleweight bout at the O2 Arena in London England. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
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Love him or hate him, Michael Bisping (21-3) is here to stay in the UFC. The divisive middleweight contender reportedly signed a new contract that stretches over eight fights, according to manager Anthony McGann via MMAjunkie.com.

Since introducing himself into the public eye with his run to the crown of ‘The Ultimate Fighter Season Three,' Bisping has served as a lightning rod for controversy within the mixed martial arts community. His latest public rumpus came during a tilt against Jorge Rivera at UFC 127. Offended by what he felt were insults to his family, the 32-year-old Englishman landed a flagrantly illegal knee flush to Rivera's head in the bout's opening minutes, before spitting on the veteran's cornermen after securing a second-round victory.

Bisping is currently training for a bout against Jason Miller (24-7), scheduled to be held at the conclusion of the upcoming season of ‘The Ultimate Fighter.' The two middleweights serve as the primary coaches for a cast of up-and-coming featherweights and bantamweights that headline the series' fast-approaching fourteenth season, planned for a September 21st debut on Spike TV.