Michael Bisping



This year’s TicketGuardian 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at ISM Raceway is sure to pack a punch. Former UFC Middleweight champion and actor Michael Bisping will lead the field to green behind the wheel of the Official 2018 Chevrolet Camaro Pace Car for the race, which is set for Sunday, March 11.

Bisping has a record of 30-9 and is also a former Cage Rage Light Heavyweight champion. In 2007, he became the first British fighter to compete in a UFC main event. After defeating defending middleweight champion Luke Rockhold in 2016, Bisping became the first, and only, British fighter to earn a UFC Championship.

Outside of the octagon, Bisping has focused on his acting career in recent years. He had a role in last year’s blockbuster, “xXx: Return of Xander Cage,” and the 2018 action movie, “Den of Thieves,” alongside Gerard Butler and 50 Cent. His latest role is in the upcoming movie, “Triple Threat.”

Originally from Lancashire, England, Bisping began his training at 8 years old, and by the time he was a young adult, he had already won the Pro British Light Heavyweight title twice. He started his UFC career in 2006, and was one of the light heavyweight winners on the television series, “The Ultimate Fighter.”

The England native is the latest in a long line of UFC fighters serving as the honorary pace car driver at ISM Raceway. Since 2011, the track has been putting some of the best fighters in the world behind the wheel, including Arizona native Justin Gaethje (2017), Dominick Cruz (latest in 2016) and Anderson Silva (2011).

Bisping’s appearance is the result of a partnership between ISM Raceway and Niner Sports & Entertainment. In addition to his duties as honorary pace car driver, Bisping will make a promotional appearance at ISM Raceway prior to the race on Sunday, March 11. For more information on timing and other celebrity appearances, please visit ISMRaceway.com.

Tickets to all events throughout the TicketGuardian 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series weekend at ISM Raceway are available online at ISMRaceway.com, by phone at 1-866-408-RACE (7223) or in person at the ISM Raceway ticket office.

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