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Michael Bisping withdraws from UFC London event on March 17

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UFC Fight Night: Bisping v Gastelum Photo by Brandon Magnus/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images

If Michael Bisping is going to have a farewell fight, it’s not going to be in front of his hometown fans. At least not the ones who are buying tickets to see the UFC London event on March 17 across the pond.

Straight from the horse’s mouth:

Bummer.

The former middleweight champion went from king of the 185-pound mountain to out of the top five in less than a month, thanks to consecutive losses — and finishes — to Georges St-Pierre and Kelvin Gastelum.

While his advanced age (soon-to-be 39) already had “The Count” contemplating retirement, Bisping refused to hang up the gloves in the wake of his stunning defeat to the shit pile. Unfortunately, UFC was unable to put together a fight in time for its London return.

Since Bisping has yet to make any sort of formal announcement, or at least bid his fans adieu, it’s likely we’ll see The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 3 champ somewhere down the road, depending on what opponents or venues become available.

Stay tuned.