Michael Bisping has secured the big payday he wanted, as he’ll face Georges St-Pierre later this year, but the 38 year-old says he has no plans to hang up the gloves afterwards.
Earlier this week UFC boss man Dana White announced that GSP has been granted a title fight with the middleweight champ, at a date to be determined. The expectation is that the bout will take place in the second half of 2017.
Since the fight was announced, Bisping has been taking fire from some folks, who believe the champ is ducking the division’s top contenders. Yes, like Mr. Yoel Romero. Well, Bisping has been defending his decision to take the fight, and he’s also insisted that he’ll face the #1 contender after GSP.
“No, there’s not [a chance of retirement]. If I win, I want to fight the No. 1 contender. I do. 100 percent that’s what I want to do. I’m not a p**sy. I’m not trying to avoid hard fights. I’ve had hard fights my entire career. And even though I know that won’t be my legacy, I don’t want to give the possibility of that being my legacy, avoiding the No. 1 contenders. So if I beat GSP I definitely want to fight the top guy. And if I lose, I’m sure as hell not having my last fight, after such a great career, having my last fight being a loss.”
Bisping went on to acknowledge, however, that retirement isn’t too far off. The British star he plans to fight GSP, then Romero and then “maybe one more”.
Now the big question is, will the UFC ask Romero to fight in the interim? Since Bisping – GSP won’t happen for several more months?