He could not personal a title, however Michael Bisping can nonetheless exit on his personal phrases.
Mere days after he agreed to face Kelvin Gastelum at UFC Combat Night time 122 in Shanghai, China, on simply two weeks’ discover, the previous middleweight champion revealed he is aiming to battle on the UFC’s March invoice in London, England, earlier than calling it a profession throughout a Monday look on “The MMA Hour.”
The 38-year-old had aimed to defeat Georges St-Pierre at UFC 217 earlier than going out with one other title protection in his residence nation – ideally in his native Manchester – however he’ll accept the English capital now that St-Pierre owns the crown.
Bisping grew to become the UFC’s first British champion with a knockout of Luke Rockhold two Junes in the past earlier than defending the belt towards Dan Henderson in Manchester final October. The latter victory gave him sole possession of the UFC’s win document with 20, a distinction St-Pierre matched when he submitted the Brit at UFC 217 simply 9 days in the past.
As for why he agreed to the three-week turnaround, the previous titleholder repeated to Ariel Helwani on Monday what he instructed FloCombat’s Damon Martin upon changing Anderson Silva to face Gastelum: He needed to leap on the alternative to rebound from his submission loss to GSP.
“I am unable to see how I can’t take this battle,” Bisping instructed Martin. “I am severe as a result of the homework is completed. I’ve bought no accidents. I wish to battle, and I’ve bought a foul style in my mouth from my final efficiency. That is what’s bothering me. The UFC head of authorized, Hunter Campbell, he was checking ‘Are you OK, are you OK?’ and bodily I am high-quality. Mentally, I am very pissed off.
“So this provides me an opportunity to exorcise my demons and get some first rate psychological area again. Bodily, I am completely high-quality. Mentally, I am pissed off. So for me it is nearly a present from the gods.”
Bisping will purpose to get again within the win column when he meets Gastelum in UFC Combat Night time 122’s most important occasion on Nov. 25. His excellent swan track – UFC Combat Night time 127 – is at present scheduled for March 17 at London’s O2 Area.
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