Michael Bisping will look to get back to winning ways, although he will have a tough test as he meets the returning Cung Le on August 23 in Macau, China.
The fight was announced by UFC President Dana White at the UFC 173 post fight press conference.
Bisping, 24-6, was last seen inside the Octagon when he put in an uncharacteristic performance losing decisively to Tim Kennedy at the TUF Nations Finale. Britain's best fighter has had a tough time lately, as an eye injury kept him out of competition for almost a year.
As for Le, he hasn't competed inside the Octagon since November 2012, when he blasted through Rich Franklin in the UFC's first event in China. The film star is 2-1 inside Zuffa ranks and is a fan favourite for his flashy kicks. Le, a Vietnam native, has most recently served as a coach of The Ultimate Fighter: China, so he is very familiar with the fan base.
Bisping is badly in need of a win here. His performance against Kennedy was one of the worst of his career. He has gone 2-3 in his last five fights and the pressure is on. The UFC has recently cut high profile fighters with high fight purses such as Jake Shields and Melvin Guillard. If 'The Count' puts in another poor performance, he could serve the same fate.
Serving as the co-main event of the evening will be a Welterweight bout between former Bellator Middleweight Champion Hector Lombard and Dong Hyun Kim.
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