Bisping has enjoyed sold-out shows at the MEN and O2 Arenas when coming back to these shores. But he is far from the hero in the US.
“I wish I could say I was the Simon Cowell of UFC, but I’m more like the devil,” he says. “If you read the Internet you’d think I was hated.
“Maybe I am, but when I meet anyone the reaction is amazing. I’m the pantomime villain they all like to boo.
“It’s because the last time I was on Ultimate Fighter I was the coach of Team UK v USA. We wiped floor with the USA and I was very vocal and trying to play mind games.
“I’m an English guy beating them at their own game. They don’t like that.”
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