There is literally no one else in the sport who’s earned their retirement more than Michael Bisping. He won TUF back when it was cool, was a TUF coach, and until recently, was middleweight champ. He’s done it all, and deserves a ticker-tape parade when he finally hangs up the gloves.
And if the Brit has his way, that retirement bout will come when the UFC next visits the United Kingdom. As per Ariel Helwani’s ‘The MMA Hour‘:
“God bless Shanghai, I’m sure the people are very nice, but no,” Bisping replied when Ariel Helwani asked him if he was considering retiring in Shanghai on the latest episode of The MMA Hour.
“Again, I have nothing against China, they are a lovely race of people. I have never been to China, why is my retirement fight going to be in China?
“There’s a fight card on in London. I would love to be on that. I would love to be a part of that to say thank you to the British people who supported me and have my last fight there.”
Bisping insisted he wanted to retire on home soil.
“I definitely want my last fight to be in England. I’ve always wanted my last fight to be in England.
“Yeah, definitely,” Bisping chimed when asked if the UFC’s trip to London in March would correspond with his MMA swansong.