The Ultimate Fighting Champion Michael Bisping has definitively decided he doesn’t want to fight anymore and get blind. He wants to give up fighting, and he has got a lot of support, from his fans and rivals at the same time. The Count decided to appear in MMA Hour to explain why he wants to give up fighting. (via MMAMania.com)
“It’s been a hell of a ride, it’s been amazing, but I knew watching that movie, I’m like, yeah, this is it, this is the end,” Bisping said via MMA Fighting. “I can’t do this to my family anymore. I can’t do it to myself. Obviously my eye is in terrible shape, and my good eye, I’m having a couple of issues with that as well. Nobody wants to go blind, and a friend of mine as well said, ‘You know if you went blind, you would give any amount of money in the world and get your sight back,’ and of course you would, so it just isn’t worth it.”
Bisping had retina issues back in 2013, and he has suffered vision problems after his defeat to Kelvin Gastelum last year. Unfortunately, his knee is also facing problems. It was a tough decision for Bisping, but it looks like he has no choice.
“Now, that doesn’t mean I’m not going to miss it terribly. I’m going to miss it every day. Every time I watch a fight, I’m going to wish I could do it. So, I will miss the sport terribly, I’ll still train, still keep in shape. I’ll probably still flirt with the idea of having a fight again, so that why I told the UFC to take me out of the USADA testing pool, so it’s not just as easy as saying I’ll fight next month. No, I’ve got to go through the testing pool again, so I’m officially retired on all fronts,” he added.
Michael Bisping has always been an underdog, a man who isn’t a favorite to win the fight. He has some wise message for the incoming generations.
“Keep working toward it, and I think that’s what everyone needs to realize, any young fighters out there. Whatever it is in life that you’re trying to achieve, you’re going to get setbacks, you’re going to get knocked down, you’re going to get hurdled,” he said. “People tell you to go away, you’re not good enough, whatever. Keep working. Keep trying. You’ve got to be dedicated. You’ve got to have a plan. Regardless of how outlandish it sounds, if you put a plan in place to take those first steps, you’re one step closer to achieving your goals. Don’t take no for an answer. Jesus Christ, I’m living proof of that.”
What do you think, what is the real reason for Michael Bisping retirement? Please share your thoughts… one thing is certain, we will miss his trash-talking…