Michael Bisping's Fight Against GSP At UFC 217 Might Be His Last

Paola Ditto
Settembre 19, 2017

Bisping will set a new record for the number of UFC fights he has competed in when he defends the middleweight title against GSP in the main event at UFC 217.

- UFC will come to Fresno on December 9 for UFC Fight Night 123.

For his clash with Bisping, former welterweight champion St-Pierre will be fighting for the first time since his successful title defence against Johny Hendricks in November 2013.

"It's an iconic arena, it's a big fight", he explained.

On his possible retirement: "This might be my last-ever fight".

The Brit spoke to Ariel Helwani of the MMA Hour regarding his future, and though he's still uncertain, this kind of talk hasn't been too frequent in the Count's past prior to June of this year. Maybe not as much as, say, a Conor (McGregor) or a Ronda (Rousey), but he's not far behind, so it's a big fight. "I don't know if I'll fight again after this". There's not many people who have crossed over from the MMA fanbase into the mainstream, and Georges, I'd say he's there. "I think this is going to be the biggest MMA fight of the year". He's a tough challenge, and as I said, it's a big fight.

Bisping (30-7) is now tied with Frank Mir and Tito Ortiz on 27 UFC fights. He claimed the middleweight title in June past year, shocking Luke Rockhold with a round-one KO after fighting as a late injury replacement, while he has also suffered a permanent eye injury during his career, in a brutal 2013 loss to Vitor Belfort.

Don't expect the 38-year-old to disappear into obscurity if he does opt to hang up his four-ounce gloves, though.

"I've been here for so long", Bisping said. "I've done it for so long now, and there's other things to do in life. You've got to know when the time is right, and I'm not saying the time is right, but I am contemplating it". But you can't do it forever. He should've retired as a champion. I'm going to beat Georges and I'll retire as a champion - maybe. Georges should have stayed retired.

He added: "Next year I've got three acting projects lined up that are all big - three big movies and a Netflix series". I've got things going on outside the octagon and I've got money that I can earn outside of the octagon.

"Ultimately, we do this for the money". Everyone's in my ear saying, 'Mike, you should retire as champion.' I've earned some money along the way, I've had a great career.

On outside pressure to retire: "My family wants me to retire, my wife wants me to retire". You have to know when the time is right.

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