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Bisping 'would love to fight on Nottingham card'

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Michael Bisping is yet to discover when he will return to the Octagon, but admits he would "love" to fight on the newly-announced Nottingham card later this year.

Bisping had been heading for a middleweight bout with Tim Boetsch at UFC 149 but injury sidelined him. He is now set for surgery on a knee problem, and his predicted recovery time has no time limit applied to it.

"It was horrible," Bisping told The MMA Hour of his injury. "I was constantly second-guessing myself. Fortunately, I've got a good manager, Audie [Attar] from Paradigm Sports Management, and I've got a good team of people around me giving me good advice.

"They're not interested in me fighting just to take a percentage, they're interested in what's good for me. Because I was going to take the fight."

Bisping's return will now likely arrive late summer, which happens to coincide with the Nottingham event scheduled for September 29. The UFC confirmed the card on Monday, announcing fights involving Brad Pickett v Yves Jabouin and Andy Ogle v Akira Corassani.

Welterweight Dan Hardy and lightweight Paul Sass are also expected to feature, with president Dana White previously hinting both will be on the card, but Bisping's potential involvement is unknown.

The Brit confessed he does not know who he will fight next, nor when he will return to the Octagon, but he did state his love of England, despite the fact he now lives in the US.

"I am a proud Brit," Bisping said. "I will always be proud of my country. Some of the fights I've had in England have been the highest moments of my career.

"I love fighting in England and of course I would love to fight on the Nottingham card."

Bisping did, however, admit that his ideal next fight would be Chael Sonnen - for the UFC belt if the American beats Anderson Silva.

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