Michael Bisping Says He’ll Fight the Winner of Romero-Whittaker, Then Have Final Fight in the U.K.
UFC middleweight champion, Michael Bisping, is currently sidelined with a knee injury, though he fully intends to fight again before the end of the year. While a matchup with Georges St-Pierre was previously on the table, it seems his sights are now set on fighting the winner of the upcoming interim title fight between Yoel Romero and Robert Whittaker.
Here’s what Bisping had to say on his “Believe You Me” podcast this week:
“My next fight, I don’t know where it’s going to be. It’s probably going to be unfortunately not GSP. It’s probably going to be the winner of Whittaker and Romero. I don’t know where that fight’s going to be and I see myself winning that fight because I see Whittaker winning that fight and I see myself beating Whittaker. If Romero wins, I see myself beating him as well. But I firmly believe that it will be Robert Whittaker.”
“Win or lose that fight, I’ll probably have one more and I want that to be in London or Manchester or the U.K. I want it to be in England. I want to have my last fight, I want to say farewell. The fans for me in England have treated me so well, they really have. The MMA fans out there have really embraced me as one of their own of course and it made a different in my career. So I want my last fight to be in England.”
It’s no surprise that Bisping is considering retiring; the 38 year old UFC champ has been competing in MMA for over 11 years, holds an MMA record of 31-7, holds the record for most wins (20) in UFC history, and has received two performance of the Night and five Fight of the Night bonuses during his career with the company.
“At the end of the day, you can’t do this forever,” Bisping said. “Any sport you’ve got to know when to walk away, which is probably what Rashad Evans was talking about with Vitor [Belfort] on the post-fight show. Even though he got a win, it wasn’t the best win. Maybe you need to know when to walk away.”
So what does Michael Bisping have planned for his retirement? Currently he is testing the waters in acting, making appearances on shows such as “Twin Peaks” along with a starring role in the new boxing biopic “My Name Is Lenny.” Here’s what he had to say about life after fighting:
“That was always something that always scared me about being a professional athlete, being a professional fighter, you see athletes, fighters in particular all over the world, that maybe once upon a time they were hot shit. They had the world at their feet. They stopped fighting and it all comes crashing down and they end up broke and this and that.”
“To be honest that does scare me. People say sometimes that I’m distracted. I’m not distracted. I’m being smart. I’m capitalizing while the iron is hot. That’s why I’m trying to do movies, I do the podcast, I do a radio show, I work on FOX, I have a gym, I have a lot of things going on. That’s because when I’m done, I want to be set up.”
For the time being, Bisping is still 100% committed to fighting while continuing to rehab his knee injury that has kept him out of competition since October of last year. He’s hungry to compete and set on returning to the Octagon as soon as he has the go-ahead from medical professionals.
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