UFC Middleweights Michael Bisping and Mark Munoz Slated for October 26 Event in Manchester

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Top-10Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweights Mark Munoz and Michael Bisping will square off in Manchester, England this fall.

Rumor had it Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) would be returning to England later this year and they've apparently rung true.

In unsurprising news, UK's own Michael Bisping will feature in the headlining bout of the evening. His opponent? None other than the resurgent Mark Munoz.

The as-yet-unnamed event is tentatively scheduled to go down October 26, 2013 in Manchester. Two top-10 middleweights in this wide open division no longer dominated by Anderson Silva are fighting to be next in line for a title shot. MMA Junkie reports the bout will serve as a five-round main event for the card at Manchester Arena (formerly known as Manchester Evening News Arena).

Bisping (24-5) is coming off a huge win over Alan Belcher this past April which helped him bounce back from a rough second round defeat at the hands (and feet) of Vitor Belfort in Brazil. "The Count" is always knocking on the door for a potential shot at the belt, but a victory over Munoz might just be enough to finally put him over the top.

Munoz (13-3) is coming off a big win over Tim Boetsch at UFC 162, his first fight in over a year and one in which he dominated the "Barbarian" with some downright nasty ground and pound. "The Filipino Wrecking Machine" was in prime position for a title shot before a loss to newly-crowned champion Chris Weidman set him back.

Perhaps a victory over his second straight top 10 opponent could put him in prime position.

Both fighters are gunning for "All American" after he defeated longtime 185-pound kingpin Anderson Silva earlier this month, so a victory this October would go a long way toward both men's goals of reaching the pinnacle of the division.

And Munoz can get revenge for all those fat jokes.

Stay tuned to MMAmania.com for more updates on the upcoming Manchester event as they become available.

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