Bisping Would Consider Machida Fight
Even though he turned down an opportunity to have a retirement fight in London, Michael Bisping feels if he had one more fight, he may know who he’d face.
As reported by MMA Fighting, Bisping spoke on his Believe You Me podcast about Lyoto Machida wanting a fight with the former middleweight champion, and said a fight against Bisping would “mean a lot.”
“I’ve no problem with the decision,” Bisping said. “What I do have a problem with is what Machida said afterwards. I’m only joking, I don’t really have a problem with it. He called me out, once again.
Bisping heaped praise upon Machida, but did mention a major asterisk dangling over “the Dragon’s” head.
“He just said we were supposed to fight a couple of times over the years and that it hadn’t happened and that basically he had a lot of respect for me. And I have a lot of respect for Machida, I really do. As I said on Saturday, he’s one of the true, last martial arts specialist and one of the true martial artists that competes in the Octagon, so I have respect for him. Of course, there was the whole steroid issue, so I don’t want to rehash Saturday’s show, but there’s always going to be an asterisk over him.”
“The Rashad fight we spoke about and it didn’t materialize. The Machida fight is something as well that could potentially serve as my last fight. [It’s] very similar to Rashad in many ways: former champion, had a long career, getting to the final stages of his career, somebody that I haven’t fought and have a lot of respect for, that’s had a great career. So, it ticks all the boxes from that standpoint and that’s about it.”
Bisping is in a situation where he does not know what’s next for him as a fighter, following two crushing losses in just under a month. Following the losses to GSP at UFC 271, and Kelvin Gastelum at UFC Shanghai, Bisping has said his family wants him to retire, and pulled himself out of consideration for a fight in London, but will not do anything till he speaks with Dana White.
“As of right now I’ve got to speak to the UFC and figure out what’s going on for myself so I’m not considering opponents or who they are. I’ve got to speak with Dana and the UFC guys and figure out what’s next and what’s happening in life.
“God bless Machida. Thanks for the call out and we will see what the future holds.”