Cape Town - Michael Bisping has stated that his first title defence could well be on home soil at a to be confirmed UK event.
Bisping became the first British UFC champion after knocking out Luke Rockhold in the main event of UFC 199.
According to MMA writer Nick Strickland, he confirmed to Sky Sports that he requested his first defence be in the UK and that it could well be "honoured" by the end of 2016.
"They are capable of creating slots whenever time fits. There will be a slot happening soon. It won't be December. I think the fact that I'm now a UK champion, a lot more slots will open. I have had conversations with Dana White and Lorenzo Fertitta and said I'd like to fight in the UK for my first defence. Dana said 'we'll see'. What ever that means, we don't know"
While a third fight with Luke Rockhold has not been ruled out by Bisping, another former champion in Chris Weidman is lobbying for a shot at the new middleweight King at what will be the promotion's first show in New York (UFC 205). Weidman just had neck surgery but "will be on the card" later this year and has challenged the Brit to a fight.
"I'm sure between me and the UFC, we'll come up with the right person. Of course, as the champion I do have influence. But I've never turned anybody down and I don't intend to start doing that as champion."