Michael Bisping shocked the fighting world when he became the UFC's newest middleweight champion after beating Luke Rockhold.
The 37-year-old only found out that he was fighting at UFC 199 17 days before the event took place, and was a heavy underdog going up against one of the best pound-for-pound fighters that the promotion has to offer.
Bisping is the champ now and he has made his first demand with the belt wrapped round his waist: to defend it in his home country of England.
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According to an interview with the BBC, Bisping has claimed that he is already in discussions with Dana White about defending his newly won title across the Atlantic.
"I had a discussion with the president of UFC, Dana White, and I said I'd love to defend my title in the UK but we'll see," Bisping said.
"It's obviously down to what the UFC wants to do next but I'm very much focussed on defending the belt."
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"The old saying is, 'You're not the champion until you defend it', so I do intend on defending this belt and defending it successfully."
The last time that Bisping fought in his home country was against Anderson Silva at UFC Fight Night 84 in February of this year. He won that encounter by unanimous decision at the O2 Arena in London.
The former Cage Warriors Light Heavyweight Champion now resides in the States but used to train at Wolfslair MMA Academy in Liverpool.
Time for a Holiday
After the victory over Rockhold, it is fair to say that Bisping is loving life right now and is set for a much-needed holiday after finally getting his hands on the gold after so many years of toiling away only to fall at the final hurdle time and time again.
"I'm certainly enjoying it so far. The treatment you get from the people, the treatment you get from the UFC, the influence you have in your next steps moving forward. There are lots of offers and deals and sponsorships - there are all kinds of things coming in. It's very, very nice.
"I deserve a holiday. So me, my wife and children, we're going to take a well-deserved break, get some sunshine and then we'll start thinking about what the next fight will be."
Bisping is expected to fight Jacare Souza in his first defense of the title, but nothing has been confirmed as of yet. Even the country it takes place in.
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