All eyes will be on the Middleweight division of UFC on Wednesday 16th when Michael ‘The Count’ Bisping makes his long-awaited return to the ‘Octagon’ to face Tim Kennedy, with the fight set to headline The Ultimate Fighter Nations Finale.
The UFC event is hosted in Quebec City, Canada and there is more than a few places to visit in the run-up to, and even after the big fight. For those of you fight fanatics that decide to make the journey to see the fight live and enjoy a gamble, then there is more than a few casinos to visit during your stay, such as the Casino de Montreal and Charlevoix.
Alternatively, for those of you who are watching the fight at home or simply wish to stay close to the fight venue, you can still have a flutter from the comfort of your own home. At the 32Red website for example, you’ll find the biggest range of sports bets available making it easy to have a punt on the game. Many people find it all adds to the excitement of watching. Once the game is over, betting fans will also find a variety of casino and slot games available on 32Red which can be played both on tablet and mobile phone.
Casino de Montreal is conveniently linked to Quebec City’s Info and Tourist Centre by shuttle bus, which makes for easy access if you fancy a quick punt just a few hours before the big fight. Charlevoix however, is a 90-minute drive from Quebec City and while that may seem a long way to go when you are only in Quebec City for a short period of time, the stunning visually attractive backdrop and relaxing atmosphere will surely tip the trip in your favour. What better way to round of a weekend full of excitement and suspense than to enjoy a leisurely day away from the hustle and bustle of the city? The fighters would surely welcome such a rest, with both coming into the bout from lengthy spells away from the April as Octagon.
Bisping has been out of action since his remarkable defeat of Adam Belcher last April after it was revealed he had a detached retina in the build up to his home-coming fight against Mark Munoz in Manchester, for the UFC Fight Night 30 event. After the revelation, it was further discovered that the eye injury was sustained long before the build up to the Munoz fight and he had in fact soldiered on through fights with Vitor Belfort and the aforementioned Belcher. The fact the injury almost forced Bisping into premature retirement is a testament not just to the severity of the injury, but the determination of ‘The Count’ to recover and return to the mat.
Kennedy, who has a 17-4 record in mixed martial arts, is also returning to the ring, although his break was due to a recovery period after the defeat of Rafael Natal in late 2013 and not injury related. The victory over Natal saw Kennedy go 2-0 in UFC since his debut last summer and the confidence of winning in those two bouts could prove crucial, as Kennedy looks to upset the odds against a returning Bisping.
Unbeaten Ronaldo Souza, who is currently recovering from an elbow injury that required surgery, will be watching on in anticipation as he recently declared his intentions to challenge the winner of this bout. With the chance to battle the war-hardened Souza, who is 20-3 thus far in his career, now in the offing, it only adds more reason for both fighters to give their all and walk away with the victory next Wednesday.
Also on the main card it will be the welterweight final between Olivier Aubin-Mercier VS Chad Laprise and the middleweight final between Elias Theodorou and Sheldon Westcott. Other matches include Sam Stout VS KJ Noons, Sarah Kaufman VS Leslie Smith, Ryan Jimmo VS Sean O’Connell, George Roop VS Dustin Kimura and Tim Gorman VS Mitch Gagnon.