Michael Bisping Admits He Might Retire After GSP

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Michael Bisping has been competing in the sport of mixed martial arts (MMA) since 2004, but come this November, we may be witnessing the end of “The Count’s” final career.

Bisping had longtime been a contender in the UFC’s middleweight division, but was never quite able to get past the title eliminator stage on several occasions. Following a unanimous decision win over Anderson Silva in February of 2016, Bisping earned the shot to step in as a late-notice replacement for Chris Weidman to take on Luke Rockhold for the middleweight championship. He shocked the MMA world when he downed the Californian in the first round with a knockout to win his first career UFC title.

The win marked Bisping’s fourth-straight victory at the time before he went on to defend his title successfully for the first time against longtime rival Dan Henderson last October. He will now make his second title defense against former UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre in the main event of UFC 217 on pay-per-view (PPV) from Madison Square Garden in New York City.

Bisping joined The MMA Hour earlier today (Mon., September 18, 2017) to promote his fight against the Canadian, and noted that this could quite possibly be the final fight of his career (quotes via The Score):

“There’s a possibility, this might be my last fight. I don’t know if I’ll ever fight again after this,” Bisping said. “What a way to go out if it is.”

“I don’t know. We’ll see. We’ll see what the future holds. There’s a possibility, yeah. This may be my last fight, so if anyone wants to see Michael Bisping get knocked out, this is your last chance to do it, guys.”

UFC 217 goes down live on PPV from Madison Square Garden in New York City on November 4, 2017.

  • Draven

    This guy has yet to convincingly beat a top contender and now he plans to retire without defending the belt against a top 5 middleweight after ducking them for over a year.

    • iberian warrior

      This is true, but I would do exactly the same…run whilst your ahead!!
      Also, this is another way to promote the fight to try and get more viewers..

      • Draven

        Nope, the whole point of being champion is to show you belong up there with with the very best and Bisping hasn’t shown he belongs with the best. His legacy tells me that he struggled to beat the best each time when it mattered and when he finally won the belt it was a fluke because he ran from every contender afterward.

  • HeteroFriendly

    Dont get me wrong, I have to dog on Bisping for how he’s taken advantage of this situation,
    even if most of the blame should go on img and he’s only taking advantage of it because he can, he’s still taking advantage of it and its rude to the people around him.

    But he’s not an entirely bad guy or anything.
    I dont hate him like a dirty kevin lee or something.

  • All_Seeing_Eye

    Maybe he’s just really pissing off Luke Rockhold, by letting him think he’s the best and not letting Luke get another chance to avenge that loss.

  • ernesto chavez

    Mr. Bisping is living proof that luck sometimes trumps skill and ability. Congratulations to him after getting his 15 minutes of fame and may he soon retire and focus on being an announcer.

    Legacy wise he would be foolish to continue fighting, win or lose, after the fight with Mr. St. Pierre which he expects to win based primarily on being a bigger fighter. However, it would not be surprising to see the smaller but more skilled GSP win.

    If not for the good undercard, this fight would not be worth the PPV price.

  • Murderous1

    Run coward heart put your belt in the back of your closet and look at it when nobody is home because even the people you live with knows that you are a joke

    • JamesC

      The dude might go blind if he keeps fighting. The people he lives with aren’t laughing because he is a joke they are laughing to the bank. Dude has made millions. He is at the end of his career and is sticking around only for paydays that are worthwhile. Every fight he risks going blind. Would you risk blindness to face Whitaker for a few 100k when u r a millionaire. HELL NO!!! But you would to make a few million against GSP.

  • Wabbit

    Of all the contenders Bisping could face before retirement (since he IS retiring) GSP will inflict the least damage and bring the largest PPV he could reasonably expect.

    However, the others in the line-up would probably seek to emulate Henderson and inflict the maximum physical damage possible on Bisping, as a leaving gift.