It was easy to dislike Michael Bisping back when he won TUF, as he was cocky as hell and came across as a dude with a chip on his shoulder. But when he loss spectacularly to Dan Henderson – via a highlight-reel knockout that will forever remain in circulation – the brash Brit seemed to show the first signs of humility.
Since then, Bisping has fought everyone, lost a few times, won a belt, and grown into a mature elder statesman in the sport. Sure, his time in the cage is winding down, but these last few fights of his, especially his losing efforts against Georges St-Pierre and Kelvin Gastelum, have shown as that at the end of the day Bisping really is a nice guy.
Case in point: his Instagram post about losing the Gastelum fight at UFC Fight Night 122 yesterday. Bisping has nothing left to prove in MMA, he’s accomplished it all. Let’s hope he gets the retirement fight he deserves.