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Michael Bisping Maps Out Likely Timeline For Retirement

Kelsey Mowatt

UFC

Michael Bisping has said in recent weeks that retirement is on the horizon, and now the middleweight champ has outlined a likely timeline for when he’ll hang up the gloves.

Bisping, who turned 38 year’s old earlier this year, has reported he doesn’t intend to fight into his forties. But, as it stands right now, it’s not clear who and when the British star will fight next. We do know, however, that Yoel Romero and Robert Whittaker are squaring off for the interim belt on July 8th, and that Bisping has said he’ll face the winner.

Well, more recently, Bisping spoke to the OddsBible. When “The Count” was asked about when and where he’d like his next bout to take place, Bisping said this:

“I’m not sure, probably towards the end of the year. They’ve got the interim title fight in July but I’m hoping it’s going to be GSP, but I’ve heard from his camp that it might be back on again. If that fight happens in November or December then after I beat him, one more fight in England. My last fight would have to be here, the fans have always got behind me, every step of the way. I’m not saying 100% it’ll be my final fight, but I can’t fight forever. I’m in a good place right now but who knows!”

So based off these comments, providing Bisping defeats GSP (if that bout happens) and no one gets injured, the champ’s last bout could take place in the spring of 2018. Possibly early summer.

If Bisping can close out his career holding the belt, it would be an amazing way for the rugged vet to exit pro-fighting. Bisping has been a polarizing fighter over the years, but there’s no denying he’s had a remarkable career, even if he loses the belt in the coming months.

Romero – Whittaker will be part of UFC 213, which will take place in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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