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Global Guy Now living and training in California, Bisping was born on British soil in Cyprus and grew up in a military family near Manchester, England
Sporting Life Bisping started martial arts at age eight, and was routinely winning kickboxing and Japanese jiu-jitsu competitions by his teens.
Paying His Dues Bisping was paid nothing for his MMA debut and he had to pay for his girlfriend’s ticket to the event. He went on to win every major belt on the European circuit. • Training hundreds of miles outside of his hometown, Bisping sometimes slept in his car to save time and gas. • Frustrated and about to get “a real job,” a girlfriend at the time told him to stick with it – a year later, he was cast on The Ultimate Fighter.
Upstairs, Downstairs His nickname “The Count” points to regal lineage – Bisping is a direct descendant of a Medieval Polish Count who was awarded lands in the 14th century after winning a famous battle for the King. • Gymmates who heard this fact, began calling him "The Count" as a joke, and the moniker stuck. • Pre-MMA, Bisping held far more working-class positions such as upholsterer slaughterman, builder and laborer.
Finisher Bisping has 16 wins by KO and three by submission. • He’s also been awarded the Fight of the Night bonus three times in his UFC career.