Over the last year, Michael Bisping has talked about the fact that he doesn’t intend to fight much longer, but after losing his title to Georges St-Pierre at UFC 217, the British star want’s to throw down again, soon.
St-Pierre moved ahead on the score cards in the early going of the main event, via his renowned jab, kicks and some takedowns. But, in round three, it looked like Bisping was turning things around, before he was jacked by a left hook, and then choked out by a rear-naked-choke.
Since Bisping is 38, and because he’s talked about retiring in recent months, a lot of folks were likely wondering if this might be it. But, immediately after the bout, Bisping said he’d be back, and at the post-fight presser, he said this (quotes via MMA Junkie):
“I’m proud of what I’ve achieved in this sport. I really am,” Bisping said. “You can’t take that away from me. My kids are over there. They just said, ‘I thought you would be more pissed off.’ Of course I’m pissed off. I’m crushed inside. I am. But also at the same time you’ve got to realize what’s important in life. This is what I dedicate my life to. I do it for my children…
“I don’t need time off,” Bisping said. “I’m fine. I’ve got no injuries whatsoever. I’m not hurt at all. I got a couple of little marks on the face. Maybe March in London. That sounds nice. … I don’t want my last time in the octagon to be me getting choked out. So I’ll be back in there at some point.”
It’s good to hear that one of the more polarizing and toughest fighters in the game is going to continue to fight. Of course, it will be interesting to see who the UFC matches Bisping up against next, and whether he intends to make another title run. The British star took a lot of heat from middleweight contenders in the last year or so for not facing the top fighters in the division. So, will Bisping look to fight some of those folks? Like a Luke Rockhold? Who he’s 1 – 1 with?