Michael Bisping likes the sound of Lyoto Machida retirement bout

Michael Bisping likes the sound of Lyoto Machida retirement bout

Former UFC Champion Michael Bisping is looking to end an amazing 14-year career.

Michael Bisping has never been shy with his opinions. He isn’t afraid to tell people exactly whats on his mind. He flatly refused a retirement fight with Vitor Belfort. Opting to not do business with Vitor, who he doesn’t have any respect for. A potential fight with Rashad Evans was talked about but failed to come together. Bisping believes it’s because Evans is looking to move back to 205 pounds.

Bisping said he would not be appearing on the London card, letting his fans know not to buy a ticket hoping to see him. Lyoto Machida surprised many this past weekend when he defeated Eryk Anders in Brazil. He then challenged Michael Bisping. That fight makes a lot of sense actually. Bisping agreed and said as much on his “Believe you me” podcast this week.

“He just said we were supposed to fight a couple of times over the years and that it hadn’t happened and that basically he had a lot of respect for me. I’ve got a lot of respect for Machida, I really do. As I said Saturday, he’s one of the true martial art specialists and one of the true martial artists that competes in the Octagon, so I have respect for him. Of course, there was the whole steroid issue, so I don’t want to rehash Saturday’s show, but there’s always going to be an asterisk over him.”

Michael went on to talk a little more about a potential matchup and said.

“The Machida fight is something that could serve as my last bout. (It is) very similar to Rashad in many ways, he’s a former champion, had a long career and is getting to the final stages of his career. He’s someone I haven’t fought and have a lot of respect for. He’s had a great career and it ticks all the boxes from that standpoint. That’s about it.”

It would be an interesting matchup and a fitting exit for Bisping. He has had an amazingly long and successful career in the UFC. It would be great to see him go out with one last big fight, not against one of the division’s young guns. He’s most certainly earned that right.