Friday, 17 November, 2017

Michael Bisping Reveals Possible Date For Retirement Fight

Georges St-Pierre GETTY A bloodied Georges St Pierre looks on during his UFC 217 bout with Michael Bisping
Noah Ferguson | 14 November, 2017, 21:53

After Anderson Silva failed another USADA test it appeared Kelvin Gastelum was without an opponent for his bout in Shanghai.

Michael Bisping lost in the main event of the UFC 217 PPV (pay-per-view) event on November 4th in NY at Madison Square Garden to former UFC welterweight champion and current middleweight champion Georges St-Pierre by submission.

Bisping stunned the MMA world when he agreed to replace Silva in China less than two weeks after losing to GSP in NY. Are those odds accurate? "I've been at peace for a long time", he said. That's great. Then I'll probably have one last fight, probably in March.

The best part about this fight with Gastelum is that it's just for Bisping to go out and enjoy himself without any of the pressure of promoting the card or spending another 10 weeks in training camp to get ready. Contrary to what GSP said, I'm not an angry man. "I would love to be on that".

Facing off against Kelvin Gastelum at UFC Fight Night 122 later this month, the longtime Octagon contender says he wants to retire after a planned contest at UFC Fight Night 127 in March of next year.

After suffering a loss to Georges St-Pierre at UFC 217, he had already decided that he wanted to have one more battle inside the Octagon, preferably in his native England in early 2018.

Bisping holds an impressive record of 19-0 in fights that have taken place in the United Kingdom and he is undoubtedly the biggest name in the history of British mixed martial arts.

"I definitely want my last fight to be in England". Obviously, this just came out of the blue 24 hours ago.

"I didn't fight to the full of my potential last week". While Bisping stands a very low chance of retiring as champion now that he's lost the belt, he admits he's at peace with his decision to call it quits next spring.

'I feel good, I'm in good shape, I've got no injuries, so why not?

'That wasn't the plan, but circumstances have put me in this situation'.

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