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UFC middleweight Michael Bisping is coming off his second loss in three fights - the first submission loss of his career at the hands of Luke Rockhold last month - but is still set on climbing the ranks of the UFC's 185lb division in pursuit of that illusive title shot.

“I want to fight again ASAP,” Bisping told MMAjunkie Radio. “I do have a couple of niggling injuries, nothing serious, and I need to give them a little time to heal up. Besides that, I believe everybody in the top-15 is now matched up.

“I think after January or February, all those fights will have taken place, and there will be a lot of people who want to fight.”

There was a great deal of trash talk between he and Rockhold leading up to their main event bout at UFC Fight Night 55, but Bisping was humble in defeat. He gives credit to Luke for the win, but cites problems with his vision during the fight as something that held him back.

“Regarding the fight, obviously congratulations to Luke, he was the better man on the night,” Bisping said. “Unfortunately, in the first round, we did clash heads, and blood was pouring into my eye after that. I couldn’t really see.

“At the end of the first round, if anybody cares to watch, and they probably won’t, but if they do watch, they’ll see that when the cutman comes to me, I grab the towel off him and wipe my eyeball, because every time I blink, it’s smearing blood across my eyes, and I couldn’t see."

He continued: “Obviously, with my other eye, with the detached retina, I can see, but it isn’t as good as it used to be, and the blood was pouring into the other eye. He caught me with a good kick, but I couldn’t really see.”

Michael is currently ranked #9 in his weight class with all other top-ten fighters, with the exception of Tim Kennedy who defeated Bisping via unanimous decision in April, currently being matched up. Coming off a loss and being at the bottom-end of the top-10, it's more likely Bisping will be given an opponent ranked somewhere below him in the top-15 next.

Whatever happens, the 35-year-old British fighter isn't planning on slowing down any time soon.

“I’m going to rebuild myself," he said. "I’m going to reassert myself as one of the top contenders. There’s plenty of life left in the old dog yet, believe you me. I’m still hungry, and I still want that title. But I’m going to go away and rack up some wins, kick some arse, and then before you know it, I’ll be pissing everybody off talking about title shots again."

One of the biggest MMA cards of the year took place this past weekend with UFC 181, featuring a co-headliner with two title belts on the line! But, incredibly, those may not have been the biggest stories of the night as it was announced that former pro wrestling superstar CM Punk has signed with MMA's top promotion.

Read below for some of the fallout on Twitter from the December 6th UFC event.

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CM Punk signs w/ the UFC:

The MMA world was shocked this past Saturday evening following the first bout on the pay-per-view portion of UFC 181 (Tony Ferguson vs Abel Trujillo) as it was announced former World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) pro wrestler CM Punk (real name Phil Brooks) has signed with the UFC.

Naturally, Twitter and online fan forums exploded with heated discussion and debate regarding the credibility of an individual with an 0-0 MMA record and no martial arts pedigree - though he has spent the past several years training with Brazilian jiu-jitsu coaches Rener and Ryron Gracie - signing with the world's premier mixed martial arts organisation. In response to his critics, Punk said he understood their view but isn't planning on letting them hold him back.

"I am, in my infinite wisdom and ripe old age of 36, trying to be less of a hot-head and see where people are coming from," Punk told FOX Sports. "And I understand. If that's your opinion, awesome. It's my job to change your mind, although that is not going to be one of my hang-ups. I'm not going to deal with negativity."

He added: "Plus I think it's part of the game. I think there needs to be fighters out there that are going to call me out and say those things. I just hope somebody's more creative because the fake wrestler thing, it's a little too obvious."

Speaking on when he first got the idea to compete in pro MMA, Brooks revealed it had been in the back of his mind since way back when the UFC first started and he became a fan.

"I was a fan of the UFC from the ground level," he said. "I used to do kempo in a place called Channahon, Illinois... it was the first time I'd ever seen Brazilian jiu-jitsu practised and it blew my mind. It was this 145lb, skinny, wiry guy fighting 350lb bouncers. Dan Severn came out to train with our jiu-jitsu guy when he was taking on Royce [Gracie] for the superfight (UFC 4)...

"It was always kind of in the back of my mind since then. There was a fork in the road and I chose one direction. I'm fortunate enough to now be here and to be able to revisit things, re-evaluate and take the other fork in the road."

Punk retired from WWE and the world of pro wrestling earlier this year, later citing his health and discontent with how he was being used by the company as the primary reasons for his departure.

Now he appears to be reinvigorated with this new chance at becoming a major star in the MMA world and intends to give it his all.

"This is the first time I've felt butterflies in a very, very long time. It's the first time I've felt nervous; nerves. It's exciting, it's fun, I have a lot of great people that are supporting me, my lovely wife (WWE pro wrestler AJ Lee) being first and foremost.

"It's exciting to be able to have the energy to to put into something that's going to give me what I put into it back. This is all on me, if I put in 50 percent, I'm going to get 50 percent back. Obviously I'm going to put in 100 percent and get 100 percent back and I think that's great. For this opportunity to present itself, there's no way I could say 'no'."

CM Punk is expected to make his UFC debut in mid-to-late 2015 and compete in the middleweight or welterweight division. An exact date and opponent has not yet been confirmed.

British fighter and Ultimate Fighter veteran Andy Ogle has got his next fight in the form of Finnish UFC newcomer Makwan Amirkhani.

The bout has been scheduled to take place at UFC on FOX 14 in Stockholm, Sweden. The event will be headlined by Alexander Gustafsson vs Anthony Johnson.

In an effort to take his skills to the next level, Andy has been training with top MMA gym Team Alpha Male recently.

I’ve been preparing TJ Dillashaw, Danny Castillo, Chad Mendes and Andre Fili for their fights, I’ve learnt and improve and I’m the best I’ve ever been,” Ogle said in an official press release. “I don’t predict my fights but I can say that you won’t see a nice guy in the Octagon. I’m going in with my hands up and I’m ready to throw down”

Ogle is currently on a three fight losing streak. He lost his most recent fight via unanimous decision to Maximo Blanco at UFC Fight Night 41 in May.

Amirkhani is coming off a win over Yohan Guerin at Cage 26 on April 5th. He has a pro record of 10-2 with eight wins via submission.

UFC on FOX 14 is set to take place on January 24th at the Tele2 Arena in Stockholm, Sweden.

 



UFC bantamweight champ TJ Dillashaw was in Las Vegas this past weekend for UFC 181. The day before the event, TJ took the stage for a special Q&A session with fans.

TJ answered questions on his upcoming fight against former 135lb champ Dominick Cruz, a potential rematch with Renan Barao, the new UFC-Reebok partnership and more.

Watch the full video below.

UFC on FOX 13 is scheduled to go down this Saturday in Phoenix, Arizona and will feature a main event bout between Stipe Miocic and former UFC heavyweight champ Junior dos Santos. Also on the card is a heavyweight bout between Stefan Struve and Alistair Overeem, and a returning Nate Diaz who takes on Rafael dos Anjos.

In the new episode of Road to the Octagon, we follow these main card fighters as they prepare for their fights at the US Airways Center on December 13th.

Watch the full video below.

One of the most stacked MMA cards of 2014 is due to take place this weekend, featuring two championship fights as lightweight champ Anthony Pettis takes on Gilbert Melendez and welterweight champ Johny Hendricks faces Robbie Lawler in a highly-anticipated rematch.

Other big names on the card include Travis Browne, Brendan Schaub and Urijah Faber.

Watch the full weigh-in video below (live at midnight UK time).

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