Michael Bisping, a former middleweight champ has always maintained that he wants to retire in England and had been targeting UFC London, which is set to take place on March 17, 2018, in London, England, but now it looks like this is not happening.
Don't buy tickets to see me fight in London. I'm not fighting. Just spoke with ufc.
— michael (@bisping) January 30, 2018
Bisping has admitted that he’d been offered a fight by the UFC but hadn’t officially accepted as his family urging him to retire immediately.
“I’m just debating whether or not I take the fight,” Bisping said on the “Believe You Me” podcast. “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.”
Michael Bisping last stepped inside the Octagon at UFC Fight Night 122 against Kelvin Gastelum and suffered a first-round knockout. Prior to that, Bisping lost his UFC middleweight title to Georges St-Pierre and lost the bout via submission in the main event of UFC 217 back in November.
Nothing is clear as of now whether Michael Bisping will fight again or not.