Former UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping is ready for his final walk to the Octagon.
For now, though, Bisping will sit and wait for the right fight to come together.
“I’ve done this for a long time,” Bisping said during a Q&A session in London over the weekend (thanks to MMA Fighting for the quotes). “I started martial arts when I was eight years old. I’m almost 40 these days, which is kinda crazy. Me and Dan (Hardy) started training together back in 2003 in Nottingham, so we’ve been at this for a long, long time, and I’ve fought everyone, I’ve fought on every part of the world, every continent, all over the place.
“So really, and I know this is a boring answer, there isn’t someone that I’m striving to fight.”
Bisping and rival Luke Rockhold have engaged in a serious back-and-forth via social media, but that is as far as it has gotten. “The Count,” though confirmed he would not decline the chance to meet Rockhold for a third time with the score sitting at 1-1.
“Now, if I was presented one, that is a fight I wouldn’t turn down. But that said, for my last fight, I’d rather have it be against somebody I respect,” he said. “Of course over the years, I’ve been controversial, shall we say, but I’d rather fight somebody I respect, put my best foot forward. Not let myself down and talk (expletive) like I always do.”
Bisping did appear to throw Vitor Belfort’s name out, saying “I wouldn’t piss on him if he was on fire. I have no respect for that guy” in regards to his failed drug tests.
As for a date, Bisping said the upcoming May 27 event in Liverpool “actually does work into my timeline, so we’ll see.”
“We’ll see,” he added. “If the UFC made me an offer that I can’t refuse, well then I can’t refuse it.”