MIXED MARTIAL ARTS: British cage fighting export Michael Bisping, who trains in Widnes, is to star in the biggest Mixed Martial Arts event this country has seen.
Bisping, from Wolfslair International MMA Academy in West Bank, won last season's US reality show The Ultimate Fighter 3 which was televised in the UK on satellite channel Bravo.
His prize was a six-fight contract with the Ultimate Fighting Championships.
Bisping is now due for a spectacular homecoming on UFC's bill at the MEN Arena in Manchester on Saturday, April 21.
Also scheduled to appear are some of the sport's biggest names including Russian heavyweight Andre Arlovski and Croatian superstar Mirko Cro Cop.
Tickets are £25 and available from MEN Arena Box Office on 0870 1908000, online at www.ticketmaster.co.uk or by calling the 24-hour hotline 0871 2305441.
The show is the first in a series of high-profile UFC events, which will hit Britain this year and will be screened live on pay-per-view TV channel Setanta PPV1 (Sky Channel 481) at 8pm.