Michael Bisping Turning His Back on UFC Career

A 12-year veteran of the UFC, British middleweight Michael Bisping has achieved a lot in his decorated MMA career. The athlete won the Ultimate Fighter 3 back in 2006, became the first British fighter to hold a UFC belt after winning the Middleweight title at UFC 199, has the most fights of anyone in UFC history and is tied for the most wins in UFC history.

Bisping lost the title to returning legend Georges St-Pierre in a much anticipated fight at UFC 217 in November. Despite being rendered unconscious from a rear-naked choke in that fight, Bisping returned to the Octagon just three weeks later in a short notice fight against rising star Kelvin Gastelum, which he lost via knockout in the first round.

The losses were the first time Bisping ever lost back-to-back fights in his 39-fight MMA career, and some pundits were questioning whether the Brit would retire from the sport. On his most recent Believe You Me podcast, Bisping did not shed any more light on whether or not he was done fighting, saying that he didn’t know if he would fight again.

“Maybe I will, maybe I won’t,” Bisping said. “If it [a fight] is mutually beneficial to all parties included then yes, I will fight. But if it’s not, I’m happy with how things were.”

In recent years, Bisping has used his veteran status and mainstream appeal to take on roles other than fighting, which include acting (he featured in at least five films in 2017) and broadcasting

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