Bisping Wants Final Fight In London
Last week, Anderson Silva shocked the MMA community by failing a PED test, but the bigger shock came on Saturday when Michael Bisping stepped in to face Kelvin Gastelum at UFC Fight Night 122 in Shanghai.
One week before the announcement, Bisping lost the middleweight title to Georges St-Pierre at UFC 217.
Prior to UFC 217, Bisping openly talked about considering retirement, and Bisping told Ariel Helwani he has no plan to retire following his bout with Gastelum at the end of the month.
The former middleweight title holder did indicate that he wants his final fight to be in London on March 17th for UFC Fight Night London.
“Again, I have nothing against China, they are a lovely race of people. I have never been to China, why is my retirement fight going to be in China?”
“There’s a fight card on in London. I would love to be on that. I would love to be a part of that to say thank you to the British people who supported me and have my last fight there.”
Bisping insisted he wanted to retire on home soil.
“I definitely want my last fight to be in England. I’ve always wanted my last fight to be in England.”
The UK MMA legend went on to say he is at peace with what he has done in his career and that it was time to move onto something else.
“I’m at peace right now, I’ve been at peace for a long time. Contrary to what GSP said, I’m not an angry man. I’m a very happy man.”
“It’s time to move on and do something else with my life and I’m not done yet. That’s why I want to fight Kelvin because I know I can do better than last week.
“I’m taking this fight just (because) you’re only as good as your last fight, and last week’s fight didn’t go according to plan. I feel good, I’m in good shape, I’ve got no injuries, so why not?
“I was planning on my last fight being in March. This one came out of the blue so I guess I’m going to do one extra. That wasn’t the plan, but circumstances have put me in this situation.”