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Opinion: Bisping retires after GSP



11-Year UFC veteran Michael Bisping took arguably the longest and most winding path of all UFC Champions when he KO'd Luke Rockhold back in June of 2016 to finally savour the taste of UFC gold. Since then, he has defended his title once, a re-match against old foe Dan Henderson which garnered backlash from his detractors.

From a practical sense though, few should be able to morally withhold Bisping's opportunity for redemption over one of the most replayed knockouts in UFC history. Bisping got his redemption, for the record.

Next up for the Middleweight Champion is a partially maligned contest with returning pound-for-pound great Georges St-Pierre, not only a great contest on paper but a fantastic opportunity for Michael Bisping to finally earn alongside the upper echelons of the sport. That being said Bisping has always done alright in terms of earnings, being a fighter who has only featured lower down on cards than Co-Main on two occasions since 2009 (UFC 100 and UFC 186) his earnings have also reflected this lofty spot earned within the UFC. This time though he has a genuine opportunity to earn seven figures should the PPV do well on the night.

Like many issues, rumours and news updates surrounding 'The Count' there are always detractors it seems, in this instance a standstill within the Middleweight division being placed firmly on the square shoulders of the Champion. Bouts with Jacare, Mousasi, Romero, Rockhold, Whittaker and so on all being cried out from all corners, however I have my doubts any of said fights will come to fruition.

As long time Michael Bisping fans we have more or less been through the ringer and have seen it all, but how sweet an ending it has been. If there was ever any doubt whether it has all been worth it - just replay the punch that clocked Rockhold and brought everything full circle.

To conclude, all of the losses, devastating or not were part of the path Bisping needed to walk to reap a golden benefit and I suspect all of the cries for Middleweight justice have already fallen on deaf ears, win or lose against George St-Pierre I expect and hope to see Michael Bisping walk off into the Californian sunset he now calls home.
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That photo is one of the most iconic photos in MMA, for me at least

Bisping has kind of hinted that he doesn't want to go out on a loss, so if he losses to GSP that might not be the last we've seen of him.

If he wins, I'd like to see him fight the No.1 contender for the sake of the division and his legacy.

But, if he does decide to retire, then good for him. He's already got one foot out of the fight business (he's currently shooting a movie in Thailand), he's made some money, got his media work and doesn't really need to risk his health anymore.
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Because of Rockhold's Uuughh face, AMIRITE?
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Because of Rockhold's Uuughh face, AMIRITE?
Remember the comments Luke made about Bispings eye, about knocking it back straight? Well there is photo about but I can't find, its just after the KO, but Rockhold is cockeyed, wish I could find it - Karma.

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Good on him. Nice storied careed, unfortunately took some damage home in particular with that Henderson KO and his eye. Hopefully for him he'll be able to really quit on a high note even if he were to lose that last fight.
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Bisping seems like a fighter who will go on longer than he should tbh... hope not though.

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Bisping seems like a fighter who will go on longer than he should tbh... hope not though.
He already has. But at least he was lucky that he is one of the absolute rare cases where it had at least a positive pay out with becoming the champ. But his body will ask him (probably already asks) whether it was really worth it.
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He already has. But at least he was lucky that he is one of the absolute rare cases where it had at least a positive pay out with becoming the champ. But his body will ask him (probably already asks) whether it was really worth it.
Glory is always worth it voiceman.... never forget.

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Glory is always worth it voiceman.... never forget.
You mean that type of glory that made Coleman need to sell his trophy to pay for his surgeryż
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You mean that type of glory that made Coleman need to sell his trophy to pay for his surgeryż
Hell yes... imagine if he didn't have that Pride trophy to sell? Even poorer...

and now he has memories neither he...



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