UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping has been competing in the UFC since 2006, eleven years after his first fight in the UFC, Bisping reigns as the UFC middleweight champion.
Despite that, there is a bit of uncertainty regarding when Bisping’s next fight will be. While initially the champ was supposed to defend his middleweight strap against Georges St-Pierre in 2017, an eye injury is currently preventing St-Pierre from returning to the Octagon. Similarly, following his first successful title defense over Dan Henderson, Michael Bisping has been sidelined with an injury of his own.
In the meantime, top ranked middleweights Yoel Romero and Robert Whittaker will compete in July for the interim UFC middleweight championship, with the winner fighting Michael Bisping.
Ahead of the impeding showdown with either Romero or Whittaker, Bisping spoke about his future plans for retirement:
“It’s been awhile, I’m getting that itch and I want to fight. If I lose the belt in my next fight, because my next fight, I don’t know where it’s going to be, it’s probably going to be unfortunately not GSP, probably going to be the winner of Whittaker and Romero, I don’t know where that fight’s going to be, and I see myself winning that fight because I see Whittaker winning that fight, and I see myself beating Whittaker. If Romero wins that fight, I see myself beating him as well, but I firmly believe it will be Robert Whittaker.”
“Now, win or lose that fight, I’ll probably have one more, and I want that to be in Manchester, or the UK, I want it to be in England. I want my last fight, say my farewell. The fans in England have treated me so well, the MMA fans out there really embrace me as one of their own, and made the difference in my career. So I want my last fight to be in England. Whether or not I win my next fight, which I plan on winning, and I believe I will, then I want to have one last fight in England hopefully defending my belt for the 3rd time, and then probably calling it a day. That’s not set in stone, but in my mind that’s kind of where my head is at.”
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 6/8/2017.