With Michael Bisping’s career coming to a close, it’s been difficult to say the least to find an opponent for his swan song. With tons of big names at middleweight locked up or ineligible, it looked like the UFC finally had it all put together with Rashad Evans at UFC London. To our surprise — as well as Evans — it didn’t work out. The former UFC light heavyweight champion recently opened up about how he’s not sure why the fight isn’t happening, but doesn’t blame Bisping one bit.
“I thought [the fight with Michael Bisping was going to happen] too, man. I got the call and I thought it was going to happen, but then things didn’t work out on the negotiation side between the UFC and Bisping. I don’t exactly know what it was about, but I guess the talks just broke down after the agreement happened. I think it was contract stuff. I think Bisping is getting to the end of his contract and that he’s been talking about retirement. I’m not too exactly 100-percent sure about what they were talking about.”
According to this Instagram story post by @henrihooft Rashad Evans has a fight lined up at #UFCLondon. If the UFC are going to book @bisping vs. @SugaRashadEvans, then sign me up. pic.twitter.com/yGu4I46Ibt
— Chamatkar Sandhu (@SandhuMMA) January 27, 2018
“I don’t want to speak out of school. I’m guessing it was somewhere along the lines of where the UFC could use Bisping and where he ultimately wants to be and I don’t think there was an agreement. From my standpoint, I’d never, it’s never personal to fight anybody. For him, trying to get the bread, hey, get as much money as you can because at the end of the day. This isn’t a sport we can do forever. I’m never against any fighter making as much money as you can.”—Rashad Evans on MMA Junkie radio as transcribed by MMA NYTT.
While we aren’t going to get the rematch with Rashad Evans, Michael Bisping could have another opponent step in. After his dominant performance at UFC Belem, Lyoto Machida called out Bisping to fight him in the retirement fight. So far, Bisping hasn’t ruled it out and is going to negotiate with the UFC to figure out what will be best for all the parties involved. The two have never fought each other throughout their long and rich careers, so this could end up being a good match-up that no one has seen yet.
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 2/6/2018.