It wasn’t long ago, that Michael Bisping was saying that his November 4th bout with Georges St-Pierre could be the final one of his remarkable career, but now the middleweight champ is punting the retirement talk.
Even before Bisping’s bout with GSP was finalized, the British star said he wasn’t planning to fight very much longer. Bisping cited all the injuries he’s incurred, how many fights he’s had, and when you consider that he’s 38, it wasn’t surprising to hear that he’s thinking about hanging up the gloves.
Then, more recently, Bisping even said there’s a “50 / 50” chance he’s going to retire after he fights St-Pierre at UFC 217. The rugged fighter talked about his family’s desire to have him retire, and Bisping also noted that he’s been getting more and more acting gigs.
So, at a recent presser to promote UFC 217, Bisping was asked about whether retirement is in his near future, and the champ said this (quote via MMA Mania):
“Listen, a lot of people were asking me about (retirement),” Bisping said. “I love this too much. I love this whole process, getting ready for a training camp. Eight weeks ago I was out of shape. Now I feel like I’m the champion of the world, I can beat anyone on this planet, especially this guy. I love that whole process. So, no, I won’t be retiring.”
There you go. Now, depending on whether you’re a Bisping fan or not, this is, or isn’t good news…Even if you’re a Bisping hater, you have to admit that having him in the game makes things way, way more interesting. As we’ve seen recently,”The Count” remains one of the best trash talkers in the sport, and further, there’s no denying that he’s a talented and ridiculously tough fighter.
But, one could also question whether Bisping’s just saying this now. In other words, maybe Bisping’s decided it’s better if St-Pierre isn’t thinking he has one foot out the door. After all, if Bisping does lose to St-Pierre on November 4th, would it be surprising at all if he did hang up the gloves?
UFC 217 will take place at the Madison Square Garden in New York City.