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After taking his soul, Michael Bisping open to retirement fight against Luke Rockhold at 185 or 205

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MMA: UFC 199-Bisping vs Rockhold Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

Will former UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping ever fight again?

That depends on a couple of things, including but not limited to how much “The Count” can ... well, count after his check clears, as well as the opponent being offered. Since Bisping (30-9) is already set financially — thanks to this money fight — UFC is going to have to make him an offer he can’t refuse.

Or at least get him fired up enough to want to compete.

The means to that end may be a rubber match with longtime middleweight nemesis Luke Rockhold (16-4), who submitted the brash Brit at UFC Fight Night 55, before getting knocked out losing his soul in their championship rematch roughly two years later.

From Bisping’s official podcast (via MMA Fighting):

“If that motherfucker wants to throw down at 205 [pounds], yeah, we can entertain that, buddy. I’ve got no problem knocking you out again. I exposed Luke Rockhold. I knocked him out. David Branch nearly knocked him out. Yoel knocked him out. I quite literally took his soul, so if he wants me to do it again, that is one that would stoke the fires so to speak. I’ll fight him at 205, I’ll fight him at 185. I’m not bothered. That’s if I’m gonna fight again, if the deal is right. Fortunately now, I’m in a good place.”

What about this declaration?

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 this shit pile. Unfortunately, UFC was unable to put together a deal lucrative enough to make this fight happen in London.

Whether or not that’s against Rockhold, remains to be seen.