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Daily Update: Bisping vs. Rockhold at UFC 199, NJPW, Cyborg to 135?

Michael Bisping

In MMA, you never know when injury is going to lead to opportunity...even when that opportunity may be something better served up at a later date.

In Michael Bisping’s case, that opportunity is a much-awaited shot at the UFC middleweight title, something he has worked for and pined for since coming off the TUF show so many years ago. Every time he got close, an ill-timed loss would put him back in line. But coming off three straight wins -- including one over one of the best of all time -- and with other top contenders hurt, Bisping took his opportunity.

Cue imposing music. That opportunity comes in less than three weeks time at UFC 199 and against a man who is peaking at the right time and one that has soundly beaten him before in champion Luke Rockhold. When the lines open, Bisping will undoubtedly be an underdog. He hasn’t been training for a fight and three weeks is not the camp a title challenger would ever want.

But stranger things have happened and as we know, anything can happen in a fight. Bisping will talk the the talk, and him even getting a title shot is, at least, an interesting storyline going into 199. Unfortunately, the chances of a happy story book ending aren’t great for the British standout, but that’s why outcomes are never won on paper.

[Josh Nason]


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NJPW announced early Wednesday they will put on three daily matches for the Bushiroad's Charaexpo in Singapore's Expo Hall 7 on July 9-10. Bushiroad owner Kidani and Tetsuya Naito were in attendance. Naito cut a post-announcement promo on Kidani, challenging him to show up at the NJPW Dominion show on 6/19. Reader Alvin Lim sent along the following:

9 July:

  • Finlay v Bushi

  • Gedo and Okada v Evil and Naito

  • Yano, Yoshihashi and Goto v Tanahashi, Juice Robinson and Magabe

10 July:

  • Finlay v Robinson

  • Tanahashi and Magabe v Yano and Yoshihashi

  • Naito, Evil and Bushi v Gedo, Okada and Goto

“Kimbo Killer”, former MMA fighter and Tom Lawlor BFF Seth Petruzelli is busy teaching WWE’s NXT rookies how to throw a punch.

Cris Cyborg’s nutritionist feels she could easily make 135 but it would likely negatively affect her performance in the Octagon.

Adam Cole was on Busted Open Radio talking about his recent Bullet Club turn, sharing leadership duties with Kenny Omega, and more.

WWE & Pro Wrestling


  • Tachi Palace Fighting Championships 27 runs tomorrow from their homebase of Lemoore, CA, with a big show for them featuring former UFC fighter Cody Gibson challenging Rolando Velasco for the group’s bantamweight title. Jared Papazian, also formerly with UFC, takes on Alex Perez in an undercard fight. Paul Fontaine has a look at the complete show, which streams live on Sherdog at 9 pm eastern / 6 pacific on Thursday.
  • Bellator 155 airs Friday on Spike TV, headlined by a middleweight title fight between Champion Rafael Carvalho defending against Melvin Manhoelf. Pat Curran, who was the last sparring partner of the recently deceased Jordan Parsons, takes on Georgi Karakhanyan in the co-main.
  • Saturday night, Venator FC 3 takes place in Italy and at least at this point, there doesn’t appear to be any way to view the show either online or on North American television. This is the show featuring the return of Jason “Mayhem” Miller after all of his legal issues as he takes on Luke Barnett. Also fighting on the show are Matt Hamill, Rousimar Palhares, Sokoudjou and Karl Amoussou.
  • Bellator is starting to round out its July 16 London debut, adding a heavyweight tilt between Mark Godbeer (great name!) and James Mulheron to the main card.

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