Even though Michael Bisping isn’t on the card for UFC’s return to London, the former middleweight champion was in town for the event and was one-third of a Q&A prior to the ceremonial weigh-ins.
Bisping, who claimed on his podcast that he’s unsure he’d ever fight again, was asked who would bring him back to the Octagon.
“I’ve done this for a long time,” Bisping said at the UFC London fan Q&A. “I started martial arts when I was eight years old. I’m almost 40 these days, which is kinda crazy. Me and Dan (Hardy) started training together back in 2003 in Nottingham, so we’ve been at this for a long, long time, and I’ve fought everyone, I’ve fought on every part of the world, every continent, all over the place.
“So really, and I know this is a boring answer, there isn’t someone that I’m striving to fight.”
When asked about a litany of opponents, Bisping spit venom towards two in particular, Luke Rockhold and Vitor Belfort.
In regards to Rockhold, Bisping claimed that he’s… “somebody that I’ve knocked out before that I think I might want to knock out again, and I believe you all know who I’m talking about,” Bisping said. “And this week he was saying, ‘Sign the contract, Mike. Sign the contract.’ Trying to make it out like I was ducking him. So I tweeted back, I’m like, ‘What contract? Please present me with the contract, the location, the date, whatever it is, because you’re full of sh*t, Luke. It doesn’t exist.'”
“Now, if I was presented one, that is a fight I wouldn’t turn down. But that said, for my last fight, I’d rather have it be against somebody I respect. Of course over the years, I’ve been controversial, shall we say, but I’d rather fight somebody I respect, put my best foot forward. Not let myself down and talk sh*t like I always do.”
When asked about Belfort, Bisping was more venomous due to a 2013 fight where Belfort (while taking testosterone replacement therapy) knocked out Bisping, causing an eye injury that has had lingering effects.
“I have no respect for that guy. Honestly, I don’t want to share an Octagon with him. I don’t want to be associated with him whatsoever. I think he’s the biggest hypocrite in the world. He’s one of the biggest cheaters in the world. He’s a total hypocrite. He talks about Jesus and things like that but he’s not a very good person, and he is one of the most prolific cheaters in this sport.”
While none of the opponents mentioned interested him, he did see something in ways of a date and location. When the UFC debuts in Liverpool on May 27th.
“You never know, I may. Yeah, possibly. That actually does work into my timeline, so we’ll see. We’ll see. If the UFC made me an offer that I can’t refuse, well then I can’t refuse it.”
When asked about fighting Darren Till, who has been slotted in the main event, Bisping was complementary, but not interested in a fight with the Liverpool native.
“I’ve never met the guy, he seems like a lovely fellow,” Bisping said. “No, I don’t want to fight him. Plus he’s 170, I fight at 185, and I’ve got maybe one more fight left in me. So we’ll see what happens, but Darren’s going to have a great future. My Thai boxing coach Darren Morris can’t say enough good things about him; he knows him from the Thai boxing world and I’m sure he’s going to have a fantastic career. His last fight against Donald Cerrone was incredible, so the future’s very, very bright for Darren. For me, fingers crossed I do one more fight, and I’m looking for someone that’s of similar status to me. And I don’t mean that detrimentally to Darren, but he’s an up-and-comer and I want someone of similar status to myself.
“I want someone who’s a household name in mixed martial arts. It’s going to be my last fight, I want it to be a big one. I don’t want everyone saying, ‘Oh, he fought this up-and-comer who’s a weight class below him.’ As I said, that’s not detrimental to Darren Till. I just said a lot of very nice things and I wish him all the best. I want a proven 185er, maybe even a light heavyweight. I’ll probably go up to 205 for my next fight. Cutting weight and dieting is a bit of a pain in the ass.”
Original Story: MMA Fighting