After receiving a clean bill of health, Michael Bisping (24-5) and Tim Kennedy (17-4) will finally square off inside the Octagon. Their duel will transpire at the TUF Nations Finale in Quebec City, Canada on April 16.
Bisping had suffered an eye injury while preparing to meet Mark Munoz at UFC Fight Night 30 and withdrew from the contest as a result. UFC doctors have finally cleared “The Count” for battle. Bisping rebounded from a loss to Vitor Belfort with an odd technical decision win over Alan Belcher at UFC 159. By the time Bisping gets back into the Octagon, almost a year will have passed since his last bout.
Kennedy has been pining for the collision with Bisping for some time, going so far to create a social media campaign to get the fight booked. The former 2-time Strikeforce title challenger has gone 2-0 in the UFC. He most recently took home a Knockout of the Night post-fight honor for finishing Rafael Natal at UFC Fight for the Troops 3.
Also announced by the promotion on Thursday, the finale emanating from the Colisée Pepsi has also added a lightweight tilt featuring Mark Bocek (14-5) and Evan Dunham (11-5).
Fighting out of Ontario, Canada, Bocek hasn’t competed since Nov. 2012 at UFC 154 where he dropped a decision to Rafael dos Anjos. Dunham last has lost two straight to dos Anjos and Donald Cerrone and will be on the hunt to nab a victory in hostile territory.
Currently the TUF Nations Finale is expected to include:
TUF Nations welterweight final
TUF Nations middleweight final
Michael Bisping vs. Tim Kennedy
Patrick Cote vs. Kyle Noke
Sam Stout vs. KJ Noons
Mark Bocek vs. Evan Dunham
Mitch Gagnon vs. Tim Gorman
The bout order has not yet been announced.