Bisping’s Retirement Career Path Already Taking Off With Dana White By His Side

Former UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping has called an end to his illustrious career within the sport of mixed martial arts. Now the MMA veteran has come forward with his thoughts on the future.

Speaking to ESPN, “The Count” went into some detail as to his thought process on retiring and his intention to commentate for Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series.

“When I fought ‘GSP’ and lost the belt [in November], I should have retired there and then,” Bisping told ESPN. “I kind of knew.

“My plan was to defend the belt three times. Henderson, Georges, the No. 1 contender — then call it a day. Obviously, I didn’t win the second fight, so we didn’t get that far. But that was the plan.”

“I’ve always wanted to leave the door open. Dana called me, and I even tried to dig my way out of it then. He said, ‘Hey, Mike, are you sure about this?’ And I almost talked myself out of it. It kind of came to a point where I had to make it final.”

“The UFC emailed me and said, ‘Do you want to be left in the testing pool, just in case?’ And I said, ‘No. Take me out.’

“The time was right, honestly. It feels like a massive burden has been lifted off my shoulders, because I was always second-guessing, always thinking, ‘Am I gonna fight once more?’ Now, it’s done.”

“My right eye was constantly a worry. The legal requirement to fight is 20/100 vision. That’s not very good, and I passed by the skin of my teeth. I was always worried, every single fight, that perhaps I would get there and the commission would take a look at my eye and pull me.

“My left sees perfectly fine, but it’s at a higher chance of a detached retina. When that happened after my last fight, it panicked me.

“I’m ready to focus on other things, and I wouldn’t have been able to if I didn’t commit to retirement. I want to commentate for the Contender Series, and then move on to calling UFC fights. That’s the plan.”

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