More than a few folks expressed concerns when Michael Bisping elected to fight Kelvin Gastelum on a quick turn around about, and now the former middleweight champ’s conceded it was the wrong move to make.
Bisping decided to step up on short notice and fight Gastelum on November 25th, which was just three weeks after he was choked out by Georges St-Pierre at UFC 217. Gastelum proceeded to knock Bisping out in the opening round at UFC FN 122.
“It didn’t go my way, as everybody knows and saw,” said Bisping. “I felt great going into that fight, I did. Looking back in hindsight, was I overtrained and emotionally and physically tired? Yes I was, but the problem with having a f**king huge ego and thinking you can still beat people is that I knew that but I still thought I could beat Kelvin Gastelum. Not taking anything away from him. He caught me with a beautiful left hook that put me down. God bless him.
Bisping has said several times that he hopes to have his retirement fight on March 17th, at the UFC’s upcoming card in London. Since his loss to Gastelum, however, some have questioned whether fighting that soon is a good idea.