Following Michael Bisping’s loss to Georges St-Pierre at UFC 217, he relayed he wasn’t ready to hang up the gloves, but it looks like the British star plans to call it quits in early 2018.
Bisping has said in recent months that he doesn’t intend to fight much longer, but then, prior to his November 4th bout with GSP, he said he had no imminent plans to close out his career. But, as he gets set to fight Kelvin Gastelum in a quick, turnaround bout on November 25th, Bisping said this on the latest “MMA Hour” (quote via MMA Fighting):
“There’s a fight card on in London,” the former middleweight champ said, while referring to a planned, March 17th card. “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.”
“I definitely want my last fight to be in England. I’ve always wanted my last fight to be in England.
So, provided Bisping emerges from his scrap with Gastelum healthy, win or lose, it looks like the 38 year-old’s career could wrap up in just four months time. Things will definitely be less interesting without Bisping throwing hands and slinging trash talk. No question.