FUEL TV is putting in work to make the channel an all inclusive experience, and the work is paying off. With ever increasing ratings, and new content added routinely, it is a television mecca for UFC fans. Just a few hours ago, they inked a deal with middleweight star, Michael Bisping, to join the likes of Chael Sonnen, Brian Stann and Dominic Cruz in handling analyst and commentary duties on the pre and post fight shows, as well as the weigh-in shows.
The deal is for two years, for an unspecified number of appearances. The Count's debut appearance on the shows this past weekend were a big hit with fans, as well as the FUEL TV brass, and served as an audition of sorts. The producers were very happy with the on-air chemistry with the other hosts, and immediately set about signing Bisping to a formal contract. Here's what Michael had to say:
I just left my manager's office and I just signed the contract. I'll be a regularly featured analyst on FUEL TV. There's a lot of down time in between fights, so this allows me to be productive. I had a really great time last week and the producers liked me, so they offered me a contract. I think the next time I'm due back is in three or four weeks. I'm not sure how often I'll be on, but it should be pretty regularly, because I'm close to L.A.
When asked if this signified that his active fighting career might be winding down, he was adamant in rejecting that notion, stating,
Absolutely not. This does not mean any interference with my fighting career. I've still got a lot of time left in me. I just turned 34 last week, and I see myself going for another eight years, until I'm 42.
I've got a decent head on my shoulders and I'm comfortable in front of a camera, so this is a good fit for me, and I guess, in a sense, it will help set me up for my post fight career, but first and foremost, I'm a fighter, and that will always come first.
I'll be transcribing the rest of this fantastic interview for our readers in a few hours, so keep an eye out for it.
You can follow Michael via his Twitter account, @Bisping