UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping is slated to defend his title against former UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre in the main event of the upcoming UFC 217 PPV.
Bisping has been competing in the sport of mixed martial arts (MMA) since 2004, but come this November, we may be witnessing the end of Bisping career.
On the flip side, “GSP” has made it clear that although he may say that he’s mentally rejuvenated, he is holding himself to do-or-die standards, which makes him feel that his fight with Bisping a “win or go home” scenario. He has gone on record by saying that his next loss will be his retirement fight.
Bisping has been a contender in the UFC’s middleweight division but was never quite able to get past the title eliminator stage on several occasions. Up until he earned the shot to step in as a late-notice replacement for Chris Weidman to take on Luke Rockhold for the middleweight championship.
As seen in the fight, Bisping shocked the MMA world when he downed the Rockhold in the first round with a knockout to win his first career UFC title. This big win marked Bisping’s fourth-straight victory at the time. He would go onto to defend the title successfully for the first time against longtime rival Dan Henderson last October.
Although Bisping has flirted with retirement in the lead-up to his next fight, he has promised fans at least one more fight.
“I did say in the buildup that this could be my last fight,” Bisping during Thursday’s media call to promote his bout with St-Pierre, per MMA Fighting’s Alexander K. Lee. “My wife and some people close to me - you know I’ve done this forever. I’ve been a fighter ever since I was a kid, I’ve been involved with martial arts and professional combat sports my entire life and I’m almost 40 now. You can’t do it forever, and I am the champ, so I’ve accomplished what I want to accomplish.
“That said though, I’ve enjoyed this training camp. I’ve enjoyed the process. I’ve enjoyed being a little bit out of shape and now going to the peak of physical fitness. It’s a great process. It feels good knocking people out in sparring. I live for this s**t. So yeah, there will definitely be at least one more fight and who knows? Maybe more after that. I don’t know though.”
“Georges should have stayed retired, he would have forever been a legend but he didn’t, he f**ked it up,” Bisping said. “He’s come out of retirement and he’s fallen into the trap that everyone falls into: He thinks he can beat me.”
UFC 217 is set to take place on Saturday, November 4th in New York at Madison Square Garden. The main card will air on pay-per-view at 10 p.m. ET while the preliminary card will air on FOX Sports 1 at 8 p.m. ET and the promotion’s streaming service, UFC Fight Pass, at 6:30 p.m. ET.