Bisping Is “Probably Retired,” Talks Possible Diaz Fight
On the latest episode of his Believe You Me podcast, Michael Bisping claims that he’s “probably retired.” The former UFC middleweight champion has not fought since last November, where he lost to Georges St-Pierre and Kelvin Gastelum within three weeks of another.
One rumor regarding Bisping’s “last fight” was a fight against Nick Diaz, but Bisping claimed that “it’s total bulls**t. I haven’t spoken to the UFC about anything. They haven’t come to me. I’m probably retired, I just haven’t made it official.”
“I’m probably retired,” said Bisping. “I know I’m driving everyone crazy with this. Certainly reporters ask me all the time but I don’t know. If something comes along, great but I need to make my mind up and make that official and move on with the rest of my life or get a fight. I was supposed to fight in London, it never happened. Book me a fight and let’s go. If not, f**k it, let’s move on.“
The former middleweight champion has a lot of respect for Diaz, and would be fine with fighting Diaz in a final fight. Yet Bisping has only one caveat.
“Here’s the thing, Nick Diaz is one of the legends of the sport,” said Bisping. “The guy is one of the original, old-school fighters and what I like about Nick Diaz and Nate Diaz [is that] they’re real fighters. They are real fighters and they come to fight every time. They’re always entertaining and they say a lot of controversial s**t but they’re real fighters. They’re not trying to pretend to be something. They don’t do MMA because they think it’s cool. They’re not jumping on the bandwagon. It’s who they are. They are f**king fighters, they’ll throw down at a moment’s notice, in the octagon or on the street. They are fighters, simple as that and that’s what I respect about them.
“Nick Diaz is someone that I definitely respect and if there was a possibility of that fight, then for sure I would accept it. People would want to see that. The only issue is that if I do fight [again] I want it at 205 [pounds] and I don’t think Nick would do 205. Making 185 for the last 10 years has been so hard. Making 185 is not an easy task, not an easy task at all, so if I’m going to fight one more time, it’s gonna be at light heavyweight… Nick Diaz, if you’re listening and you want to fight again, give me a shout, pal, because I’m down. If you’re willing eat some food and put some pounds on, then let’s do this my brother.”
Original Story: MMA Fighting