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MMA Rumors: UFC champ Michael Bisping retiring after two more fights; Faces winner of Whittaker vs Romero next

PHOTOGRAPH: East718/Wikimedia Commons | UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping

UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping is currently recovering from the injury that prevents him from fighting Georges St-Pierre. Bisping revealed that his next fight wouldn’t be against GSP but against the winner of Robert Whittaker vs Yoel Romero bout.

Michael Bisping is yet to fight again in the Octagon since successfully defending the title against Dan Henderson at UFC 204. Last month, UFC president Dana White scheduled a fight between Bisping and Georges St- Pierre. Unfortunately, the UFC canceled the bout as both fighters are dealing with injuries.

UFC: Michael Bisping faces the winner of Whittaker vs Romero bout

With his inability to fight this summer, the UFC decided to create an interim title for the middleweight division. UFC middleweight contenders Yoel Romero and Robert Whittaker will compete in July for the interim belt. Bisping will need to face the interim champion once he’s ready to fight again.

“It’s been awhile, I’m getting that itch and I want to fight. If I lose the belt in my next fight, because my next fight, I don’t know where it’s going to be, it’s probably going to be unfortunately not GSP, probably going to be the winner of Whittaker and Romero, I don’t know where that fight’s going to be, and I see myself winning that fight because I see Whittaker winning that fight, and I see myself beating Whittaker. If Romero wins that fight, I see myself beating him as well, but I firmly believe it will be Robert Whittaker,” Bisping said.

UFC: Michael Bisping talks about MMA retirement

Bisping doesn’t see any problem facing either Whittaker or Romero. However, after his second title defense, the UFC middleweight champ plans to have one more fight before considering an MMA retirement.

“Now, win or lose that fight, I’ll probably have one more, and I want that to be in Manchester, or the UK, I want it to be in England. I want my last fight, say my farewell. The fans in England have treated me so well, the MMA fans out there really embrace me as one of their own, and made the difference in my career. So I want my last fight to be in England. Whether or not I win my next fight, which I plan on winning, and I believe I will, then I want to have one last fight in England hopefully defending my belt for the 3rd time, and then probably calling it a day. That’s not set in stone, but in my mind, that’s kind of where my head is at,” Bisping said.

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