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Michael Bisping responds to Lyoto Machida’s call out at UFC ‘Belem’

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

After getting back into the win column at UFC Fight Night 125 last Saturday night (Feb. 3, 2018) with a split-decision win over Eryk Anders, Lyoto Machida took to the mic to call out former Middleweight champion Michael Bisping.

It’s a fight that would serve as “The Count’s” final mixed martial arts (MMA) contest after more than 15 years in the fight game. So what does the brash Brit think about a potential clash against the former Light Heavyweight champion of the world?

He chimed in on the challenge on a a recent edition of his “Believe You Me” podcast (courtesy of MMANYTT).

“He just said we were supposed to fight a couple of times over the years and that it hadn’t happened and that basically he had a lot of respect for me,” Bisping said. “I’ve got a lot of respect for Machida, I really do. As I said on Saturday, he’s one of the true martial arts specialist and one of the true martial artists that competes in the Octagon, so I have respect for him. Of course, there was the whole steroid issue, so I don’t want to rehash Saturday’s show, but there’s always going to be an asterisk over him.”

Machida was suspended for 18 months after United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) popped him riding dirty. Since then, “The Dragon” has one 1-1, getting knocked out by Derek Brunson in the very first round (see it) before getting back on track against “Ya Boi” in Belem, Brazil.

As for Bisping, he is currently on a two-fight skid and looks to ride off into the sunset on a positive note. And though he won’t commit to anything, he is open for a fight against Machida.

“The Rashad [Evans] fight we spoke about [for my retirement fight] and it didn’t materialize. The Machida fight as well is something that could serve as my last bout. [It’s] very similar to Rashad in many ways, he’s a former champion, had a long career and getting to the final stages of his career. He’s someone I haven’t fought and have a lot of respect for,” added the former 185-pound champion.

“He’s had a great career and it ticks all the boxes from that standpoint. That’s about it. As of right now I’ve got to speak to the UFC and find out what’s going on for myself. I’m not considering opponents or who they are. I’ve got to speak to Dana and the UFC guys and figure out what’s going on next and in life.”

Bisping hasn’t had a shortage of fighters wanting to be his last fight, so “The Count” can pretty much call his shot when he’s good and ready.

But if not Machida, then who?