Bisping Talks Impending Retirement
Michael Bisping had the best year of his career in 2016, but the 37-year-old champion knows that his fighting days are coming to an end.
Bisping is looking to make his second title defense in the coming months, likely against #1 contender Yoel Romero. Confident in his ability to hold onto the title, Bisping said on his SiriusXM Rush show that he plans to fight once more after that and then bid the sport farewell.
“I’m at the tail end of my career. I think everybody knows that. It’s not like I have a huge career ahead of me. I’ve got a huge career behind me,” Bisping said.
“That is the plan two more wins and sayonara, buddy. We’ll see but that is the plan right now. Plans change. That would be a perfect scenario for me."
Bisping drew ire from fans after Dan Henderson was selected as his first title challenger in October. Henderson, ranked outside of the top-10 and at the tail-end of his career, was thought to be an easier selection than one of the deserving middleweight contenders such as Romero or ‘Jacare’ Souza.
Now, the British champion is continuing to receive flak for his thoughts on his next potential opponent. Though he has said he is willing to face Romero, Bisping has also publicly explored the option of taking a "money fight" instead, perhaps against former welterweight great Georges St. Pierre or current 170 lb. champion Tyron Woodley.
Bisping says that fans can ask for whatever fights they want, but he has been in the game long enough to seek a big payday on his way out the door.
“I don’t see what’s controversial with this statement at all. I said I want to be a part of the biggest fights possible. Whether that’s Yoel Romero, whether that’s Georges St-Pierre, whether that’s “Jacare” (Souza) or Anderson Silva, I just want to be a part of the biggest fight possible and earn the most money and that didn’t go down too well with some people and I really don’t see why that offends anybody or pisses anybody off,” Bisping said.
“The biggest fight possible and the biggest fight card possible. I want to be in a big event, I want to be on a big card. Is that too much to ask? I’ve been here forever doing this.”
Before his next fight can be announced, Bisping will be continuing his brief break from competition to address a number of lingering injuries.
“I am scheduled for knee surgery tomorrow. Dana (White) offered me a couple of fights and I was hoping that the treatment I was having on my knee would be successful,” Bisping explained. “I had some PRP (platelet rich plasma) where they spin the plasma in your blood and I was hoping that would work but I’ve got a torn meniscus, I’ve got loose bodies floating inside there, I’ve got some small fractures in my bone.
“I’ve got a lot of stuff going on so I’ve got to go under the knife tomorrow so I’m not looking forward to that.”