Things didn't go Michael Bisping's way at UFC 217 to say the least.
The now-former UFC middleweight champion was unsuccessful in his bid to spoil the Octagon return of former UFC welterweight king Georges St-Pierre, as he suffered a submission loss to "Rush" in the main event of the pay-per-view (PPV) this past weekend.
St-Pierre and Bisping put on an epic back-and-forth brawl for three rounds that saw both men get severely bloodied before "GSP" caught the Englishmen with a huge hook to the nose that dropped him down. After some ground-and-pound St-Pierre spun around to Bisping's neck and locked in the rear-naked choke.
Bisping refused to tap out to the choke and passed out, forcing the referee to call off the fight. "The Count" looked to be performing very well inside the cage, as the Canadian seemed to be gassing out as the fight moved on, but he couldn't hold on long enough to perhaps get the win in the latter rounds.
"The Count" spoke soon after the fight to media in the post-fight press conference and gave all credit to St-Pierre for being the better man that night (quotes via BBC):
“Respect to Georges,” he told FOX Sports backstage after the fight. “He was the better man, as simple as that. That's the way it is.
“In a game of football or hockey or whatever one team wins, one team loses. It wasn't my night tonight. Fair play to the guy.
“I’m proud of what I’ve achieved in this sport, I really am,” he said. “You can’t take that away from me.
“I’m crushed inside, I am. But also at the same time you’ve got to realise what’s important in life. This is what I dedicate my life to. I do it for my children.
“Yeah, I'd love to fight in London,” he said. “Of course, I'd love my last fight to be there. We'll see what happens.”
Yesterday Bisping finally broke his silence on his loss on social media, and stated "I'm sorry I didn't win. But I'm still a winner. Much love.":
What are your thoughts on Bisping's comments since losing his UFC middleweight title to Georges St-Pierre at UFC 217 on PPV? Do you think that Bisping will get a rematch with the Canadian champion? Or will he retire with one more rivalry fight in the UK? Let us know your thoughts on the matter in the comments section below!
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