MMA Crossfire – Britain’s Michael Bisping returns to face American vet Tim Kennedy at Quebec’s TUF Finale

The UFC announced today U.K. native Michael “The Count” Bisping (25-5-0) will return to the octagon to face former American military man Tim Kennedy (17-4-0) at the Ultimate Fighter Finale April 16th in Quebec.

Bisping returns after suffering an eye injury that knocked him out of the UFC Fight Night 30 boutagainst Mark Munoz. Lyoto Machida stepped in his place.

He is currently ranked #5 in the middleweight division.

Kennedy is coming off an impressive TKO win over Brazilian Rafael Natal at UFC Fight for the Troops 3 and is ranked #8 in the division.

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The Finale will crown the season winner between Team Canada coach Patrick Cote and Australian coach Kyle Noke, who will square off in the co-main event.

Several Canadians are also on the card:

MARK BOCEK (TORONTO, ONTARIO) (11-5-0) VS. EVAN DUNHAM (14-5-0)

SAM STOUT (LONDON, ONTARIO) (21-9-1) VS. KJ NOONS (11-6-0)

MITCH GAGNON (SUDBURY, ONTARIO) (10-2-0) VS. TIM GORMAN (8-2-0)

SARAH KAUFMAN (VICTORIA, B.C.)  (16-2-0, 1 NC) VS. SHAYNA BASZLER (15-8-0)

STEVE BOSSÉ (MONTREAL, QUEBEC) (10-1-0) VS. RYAN JIMMO (EDMONTON, ALBERTA) (18-3-0)

GEORGE ROOP (14-11-1) VS. DUSTIN KIMURA (12-1-0) 

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Tickets for the Finale go on sale Friday February 28th to the general public. The event will be shown live on Sportsnet 360 and TVA Sports in Canada, FOX Sports 1 in the US and FUEL TV in Australia. Both Ultimate Fighter winners will receive a six-figure contract with the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

The Quebec Finale is the first of five Canadian events on the UFC’s schedule in 2014 as the UFC is also set to visit Vancouver on June 14, Toronto on September 27, Halifax on October 4 and Montreal on December 6.

And if you get a chance, be sure to drop by Bisping’s open gym workout if there is one, and if you can. He was entertaining the last time he was in Canada.

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Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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