Bisping Breaks Down Retirement Decision

A week after announcing his retirement, Michael Bisping told The MMA Hour’s Ariel Helwani that it was a long time coming.

“I was retired, but I just hadn’t made it formal yet,” Bisping admitted Monday on The MMA Hour.

Bisping announced his retirement at the end of his podcast, and did so after realizing while watching the movie Journeyman, he wanted one more fight “for all of the wrong reasons.”

“It’s been a hell of a ride, it’s been amazing, but I knew watching that movie, I’m like, yeah, this is it, this is the end,” Bisping said.

“I can’t do this to my family anymore. I can’t do it to myself. Obviously my eye is in terrible shape, and my good eye, I’m having a couple of issues with that as well. Nobody wants to go blind, and a friend of mine as well said, ‘You know if you went blind, you would give any amount of money in the world and get your sight back,’ and of course you would, so it just isn’t worth it.”

“Because I believe in myself, and I believe that I could still beat these people,” Bisping said about a potential retirement fight in London. “I know I could still beat everyone f****** out there. So I’m thinking, ‘Okay, alright, well, I just won’t get hit. I just won’t take any damage. I’ll really apply myself to training camp, I’ll do this, I’ll surprise everyone and come out there and use my grappling for once.’

“There’s many ways you can look at it and try and break it down, so I thought f*** it. And wife didn’t want me to do it. She was begging me not to. And I actually accepted the fight in London in March, and I was so excited to do it, then the deal kinda fell apart. So, probably a blessing in disguise.”

Original Story: MMA Fighting


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