ROLLING STONES: BISPING IS FIGHTER OF THE YEAR

It has truly been a remarkable year for current Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight champion Michael Bisping.

The stellar performance is enough to earn him "Fighter of the Year" bragging rights from Rolling Stone.
Bisping known as "The Count" started 2016 by upsetting maybe the greatest fighter to have ever competed in mixed martial arts (MMA), Anderson Silva, at UFC Fight Night 94 in February, beating "The Spider" by way of unanimous decision in London, England.

He followed that performance up four months later by defeating Luke Rockhold in the main event of UFC 199, capturing the world middleweight strap in the process. And he did all that with just two weeks notice, while he was in the middle of participating in a box office film opposite Van Diesel and Samuel L. Jackson.

Bisping built on his previous victories as he defeated Dan Henderson in his first-ever title defense bout four months later in the main event of UFC 204 after five rounds of intense action. Michael admits it that the victory was the highlight of his career.

"Winning the belt was extremely good, it really was," Bisping declared. "But to do it in Manchester - winning the belt again, and defending the belt, I think that tops it. That was the best moment of my career. ... It was close, but it’s never easy. If it was easy, everybody would be able to do it."

From being tagged “pillow fist” to being able to get over the stigma to win "the big fights," Bisping has been able to silence all the critics by proving he can knock out presumed super fighters and that he can win the biggest prize of them all, a world championship match. On top of that, he defended the prize and got some sweet revenge on a man who defeated him years ago.

While it has been a great year for "The Count," he looks forward to starting 2017 off the same way, as he is slated to defend his 185-pound title against Yoel Romero in the spring.