Canadian Denis Kang will take on English middleweight Michael Bisping at UFC 105 in Manchester, England, on Nov. 14, the UFC confirmed Tuesday.
The mixed martial arts card also features a welterweight bout between England's Dan (The Outlaw) Hardy and South Korean Dong Hyun (Stun Gun) Kim.
The main event has yet to be announced. There had been talk of B.J. Penn defending his lightweight title against Diego Sanchez in Manchester but that fight will now take place at UFC 107 in Memphis on Dec. 12.
Bisping (17-2) is coming off a knockout loss to Dan Henderson at UFC 100 in July. Kang (32-11-1) defeated France's Xavier Foupa-Pokam via decision at UFC 97 in April.
The 31-year-old Kang, who was born in St. Pierre-Miquelon but now calls Vancouver home, is a Pride veteran who is 1-1 in the UFC.
"Kang is a very good fighter and one of the best in the division," the 30-year-old Bisping said in a statement. "This is exactly the sort of fight I need to get right back up there and prove that I'm one of the top guys in the division.
"I've watched Kang's fights over the years and he is very dangerous on the ground with his submissions and is also a powerful striker on his feet. Plus, he's an explosive fighter. He can explode into a huge strike or takedown from nowhere, which makes him very unpredictable".
The Manchester fight marks a return to the MEN Arena for Bisping, a native of nearby Clitheroe who defeated Elvis Sinosic there at UFC 70 in April 2007.
Hardy (22-6, with one no contest) is 3-0 in the UFC after a decision win over Marcus (The Irish Hand Grenade) Davis in June at UFC 99. Kim is 3-0 with one no contest in the UFC, defeating Canadian T.J. Grant most recently at UFC 100.
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