After losing the UFC Middleweight Championship to Georges St-Pierre at UFC 217 in November last year, Michael Bisping wanted to bow out of the sport of MMA in his own way, with his final fight taking place at UFC Fight Night 127 in London.
The stage was set for him to fight against Rashad Evans at the event next month, but the fight was never booked. Instead, a heavyweight bout between former UFC Heavyweight Champion Fabrício Werdum and Alexander Volkov will be the main event.
Speaking to Ariel Helwani on The MMA Hour, Evans revealed which his speculated bout against Bisping at UFC London is not taking place. He said it fell apart due to "contract problems" between the Brit and the UFC.
Evans said: “It’s not going to happen. I did get the call, my manager called me — they worked it out. At first I didn’t want to even fight Bisping, but he asked to fight me. I was kind of perplexed by that, but then I thought maybe he just wants to scrap with his old friend one last time.
“I didn’t get any bad feelings about my friend wanting to fight me or someone who I thought was my friend trying to fight me, I was just like, ‘Ok, cool’.”
Evans said he had already started his training camp for the fight when he discovered out that Bisping had pulled out.
“I started training and getting ready for the fight, but then I didn’t hear anything back about a contract. Finally, I got a contract, but that was on the day that I learned that Bisping wasn’t going to take the fight. He wasn’t going to do the fight because he was having some kind of contract problems with the UFC.
“I don’t think the fight will happen now. I think that was fight that made sense to him at that moment. I don’t think it’s something that’s going to make sense for him. It may appeal to him, it may not. I really don’t know, but I’m not going to sit around and wait for it. I’ll just fight whoever and see what comes next.”
Bisping and Evans had fought each other once before back at UFC 78 in November 2007. Evans won on that night via split decision and this was also Bisping's first loss of his professional MMA career. However, it doesn't look like we'll be getting another meeting between the two for the time being.
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