Michael Bisping, a former UFC middleweight champion lost his belt to George St-Pierre at UFC 217. Three weeks later, it was followed by a knockout loss to Kelvin Gastelum at the Shanghai event, ‘The Count’ plans to end his glorious career by entering the octagon one last time, when the UFC touches down in London this March 17.
Recently, Speaking on his Believe You Me podcast, ‘The Count’ said he has received a fight offer, but my loved ones want me to retire instead.
“There’s a fight in the works for myself, and I’ve got until the end of the day to tell the UFC whether or not I’m taking it,” Bisping explained on his podcast Believe You Me yesterday (h/t MMAFighting). “There’s an offer that’s been made to me, and all fairness to the UFC, I’ve been kind of taking my time to give them an answer so I’ve got until the end of the day to give them an answer.
“I’m just debating whether or not I take the fight. For me, whether or not those people can see, I have a bad eye. I have a bad eye and my wife doesn’t want me to continue fighting, and my manager doesn’t want me to continue fighting. I see out of that eye but not as well as I used to, and I’m still a young man so it’s kind of the reason I may hang the gloves up. My wife and manager and friends and people close to me say, ‘Mike, what do you want to do that for? You’ve done it. You’ve had the belt.’ I’ve done it. I’ve done what I set out to achieve.
“I kind of want to go do one last fight in England and they’re like, ‘So what? Five years from now or a year from now, people are gonna forget about all that and you can injure yourself even more.’ but you can injure yourself in any fight, whether or not you’re at 100% health or not. So that’s what we’re up to and I don’t know.”
Recently, former champ Michael Bisping turned down the Vitor Belfort fight offer, said he has no intentions of accepting the rematch with the Brazilian for UFC Fight Night 127 in London. Back in 2013, Belfort won the bout via head kick TKO to Bisping at UFC On FX.
Lately, Bisping has a rough climb to success, has two brutal losses in his last two fight, it makes sense his family and friends wants him to call it a career now, then explained why there’s a temptation to take another fight, against the wishes of his family.
“There’s the payday,” he said. “I’ve got some lawsuit bullsh*t that’s still going on. I don’t know if you’re aware of this but lawyers are very expensive. Also, one doesn’t want to go out on my last fight, that being the lasting impression on my MMA career. Also, I kind of feel that I owe it to the U.K. fans because they were so supportive throughout my career. I always envisioned in my mind having that retirement fight in London and there it is on a plate. I just need to take it but everyone around me is telling me not to.”
“I like the fight,” he added. “It’s not a case of the time or the opponent or anything like that. It’s either am I going to continue fighting or am I not? I promised my wife a long time ago that I was done fighting, promised a ton of people, but I still seem to be slogging on and doing it.
“Maybe we’ll have an announcement [today], maybe we won’t.”
Would you guys want to see Michael Bisping to fight one more time and who should be the opponent?