It seems that it’s just a matter of time before this fight actually happens.
That fight of course is between two former middleweight champions - Michael Bisping and Luke Rockhold.
Bisping lost in the main event of the UFC 217 PPV (pay-per-view) event on November 4th in New York at Madison Square Garden to former UFC welterweight champion and current middleweight champion Georges St-Pierre by submission.
After this fight, there were many fans that believed Bisping would be announcing his retirement as an active pro-MMA fighter.
However, he is continuing with his pro-MMA career. He then lost to Kelvin Gastelum UFC Fight Night 122.
While Bisping entered the fight at first, he now has his sights set on the former UFC middleweight champion.
If you recall, earlier this year, Bisping went on record by stating that he would like to have his final fight in London. Ironically, the promotion is slated to return to England on March 17 for UFC Fight Night 127 at The O2 Arena.
However, when tickets went on sale for the event, Bisping noted on his official Twitter account that he would not be fighting at the event.
Rockhold wants to make the most out of this third fight with Bisping and this leads us to him coming out and starting that he wants to put it on a big stage. How big? During International Fight Week this July.
“I’ll put it on this: If Bisping beats me in this fight, I’ll be the motherf—ker who retires. If Bisping beats me in this fight, this will be my retirement fight,” Rockhold said in an interview with FloCombat on Wednesday.
“This is your retirement fight, [so] let’s go out on the biggest stage possible. That’s Las Vegas,” Rockhold said. “That’s International Fight Week. Back it up. Put your money where your mouth is. Put your balls on the table, ‘cause I’m ready to go.”
“There’s a lot of things I want to do but the motherf—ker ran his mouth. He opened the door,” he added. “I’m not one to turn down opportunities. I back up everything I say and I put it on the line. I’m going to back up what I say and let’s see if Bisping can back up what he says. I’m ready to go. The UFC is ready to go. The fans are ready to go.”
”It all comes down to one boy. We’ll see if he’s a man or a boy. Men back up their words. Little boys run away.”
Time will tell if a bout between Bisping and Rockhold actually happens or not.News Now - Sport News