Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight champion, Michael Bisping, is once again contemplating a retirement fight now that the world’s leading mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion is headed to Liverpool, England.
But “The Count” won’t carve it in stone until UFC is able to drum up a suitable opponent for UFC Fight Night 130, scheduled for Echo Arena on Sun., May 27, 2018, and it’s been a fairly tall task when you consider what happened the last time it tried.
“UFC, I’m available. If you want me on that card, you’ve got my number,” Bisping told his podcast listeners (via MMA Junkie). “That’s a nice retirement fight. That’s where I’m from. I am interested in fighting on that card. We’ll see what the UFC comes up with, but yeah, definitely interested, for sure. That would be my last fight.”
Bisping was expected to compete at UFC London earlier this month; however, the fickle Brit turned down rematches against Rashad Evans and Vitor Belfort, among others, while warring with this vagina on Twitter.
What a difference six months makes.
“The Count” was riding high as 185-pound champion last fall, but then suffered “crazy” consecutive losses (and finishes) to Georges St-Pierre and Kelvin Gastelum, allowing Yoel Romero to slug his way back into a championship title fight.
As for the upcoming Liverpool show, welterweight standout and local hero Darren Till is expected to headline against an opponent to be named, so having Bisping as the co-main event would make this one of the better non-pay-per-view (PPV) cards in recent memory.