Georges St-Pierre, who submitted now ex-middleweight champion Michael Bisping in the third round at UFC 217 and claim UFC middleweight champ.
Bisping talked about considering retirement in the lead-up to the UFC 217 showdown with GSP; now he has no plan to retire after Kelvin’s bout.
Just one week after his high profile title loss, Bisping agreed to the short notice bout against Kelvin Gastelum following Anderson Silva’s forced withdrawal from UFC Fight Night 122 in Shanghai due to a USADA violation.
At the recent episode of the MMA Hour, Bisping told he wants to retire in front of his home people at UFC London on March 17th.
“God bless Shanghai, I’m sure the people are very nice, but no,” Bisping replied when Ariel Helwani asked him if he was considering retiring in Shanghai on the latest episode of The MMA Hour.
“Again, I have nothing against China; they are a lovely race of people. I have never been to China, why is my retirement fight going to be in China?
“There’s a fight card on in London. I would love to be on that. I would love to be a part of that to say thank you to the British people who supported me and have my last fight there.”
Former middleweight champ insisted he wants to retire on his homeland.
“I definitely want my last fight to be in England. I’ve always wanted my last fight to be in England.
“Yeah, definitely,” Bisping chimed when asked if the UFC’s trip to London in March would correspond with his MMA swansong.
Michael Bisping further added, he is content with his MMA career and now its time to move on to do something else with my life.
“I’m at peace right now, I’ve been at peace for a long time. Contrary to what GSP said, I’m not an angry man. I’m a very happy man,” Bisping said.
“It’s time to move on and do something else with my life, and I’m not done yet. That’s why I want to fight Kelvin because I know I can do better than last week.
“I’m taking this fight just (because) you’re only as good as your last fight, and last week’s fight didn’t go according to plan. I feel good; I’m in good shape, I’ve got no injuries, so why not?
“I was planning on my last fight being in March. This one came out of the blue, so I guess I’m going to do one extra. That wasn’t the plan, but circumstances have put me in this situation.”
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