Three bouts added to UFC UK

The locals of Manchester, England are known as some of the

rowdiest sports fans in the world, and they’ll have plenty to

cheer for when UFC Fight Night: Bisping vs. Munoz comes to England

on Oct. 26.

The UFC officially confirmed three new matchups which feature

Brits in a supporting role under middleweight headliners Michael

Bisping and Mark Munoz.

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In terms of divisional title pictures, perhaps the most

significant is a flyweight bout pitting Englishman Phil Harris

against John Lineker. While Harris (22-10, 1 no contest) recently

notched his first win in the octagon, he’ll be trying to keep

Lineker from stretching his streak to four straight. Lineker (22-6)

has been cited as a possible title contender, but even in victory

has faced some out-of-the-cage troubles as he’s missed weight

twice. The power-punching Brazilian has two knockouts in a row.

Also added is a light-heavyweight bout between undefeated Jimi

Manuwa (13-0) and Ryan Jimmo (18-2).

Manuwa, who fights out of London, has impressed in his two UFC

bouts, defeating both Cyrille Diabate and Kyle Kingsbury via TKO.

He’ll be a decided crowd favorite against Ryan Jimmo, who

recently rebounded from his first loss in 17 fights with a decision

victory over Igor Pokrajac.

Finally, Mike Wilkinson will battle submission specialist Jimy


Wilkinson (8-1) was a Team UK member on the recent season of The

Ultimate Fighter: The Smashes, winning his first-round matchup

there before bowing out of the tournament due to an injury. Since

then he’s split two fights in the UFC, winning his debut

against Brandon Loughnane before losing to Rony Jason. Hettes,

meanwhile, recently took the first loss of his career after a 10-0

start, dropping a decision to Marcus Brimage at last

September’s UFC 152.

Other confirmed bouts include Ross Pearson vs. Melvin Guillard

and Paul Taylor vs. Anthony Njokuani.

The event takes place at the Phones 4u Arena in Manchester,

England, marking the promotion’s first date in the city since

UFC 105 in November 2009.