Michael Bisping retires as a professional fighter after much consideration

Michael Bisping retires as a professional fighter after much consideration

Michael Bisping calls it quits after a lengthy, amazing career.

There has been a lot of talk regarding the subject of Michael Bisping retiring. He had basically said on numerous occasions he’d either retire, or fight one more time, and then hang up the gloves. Bottom line, he made the decision to walk away, and why not? He’s done it all and is a future Hall of Famer.

On his highly rated podcast, the Believe You Me Podcast, he made the official announcement, removing all doubt from his future plans. He announced his retirement in a brief statement, saying.

“So obviously I’ve teased this for a long time now, I might fight again, I might not. And unfortunately it’s not a fight that I’m announcing. I am going to announce my official retirement from mixed martial arts.” 

Michael was actually ready to retire prior to upsetting Luke Rockhold and becoming the undisputed Middleweight champion. However, when he upset Luke, he extended his career and ended it with back to back stoppage losses to Georges St-Pierre and then he was a victim of a first-round knockout by Kelvin Gastelum.

Bisping injured his right eye in a 2013 fight with Vitor Belfort. He has been dealing with that issue, and after his fight with Kelvin Gastelum, he suffered an injury to his left eye or his good eye. He said he began seeing a flash when he looked to the left. Here’s how he described it.

“I realized there’s no flash going on; it’s just my eye, and every time I look left, it flashes. And it still does it now when it’s dark. It’s light now so I can’t see it. So I started freaking out, thinking oh my God, I don’t believe this, I’ve got a detached retina in my good eye. I have problems with my bad eye, it doesn’t look good, so obviously I was kind of freaking out.”

He had an amazing career, winning TUF Season 3, becoming the undisputed Middleweight champion, defeating Anderson Silva and so much more. He has a record of 30-9 and holds victories over Dan Henderson, Luke Rockhold, Anderson Silva, and coached season 14 of TUF 14 against Jason Miller. The two had a very heated rivalry and at the finale, Bisping stopped him in the third round with strikes. It was a very satisfying victory for Bisping.

He is loved, and also people love to hate him. He’s brash, unapologetic and all heart. He’s a champion and will continue to be involved in the sport as an Analyst and gym owner. We wish him all the best with his retirement.