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Michael Bisping targeting March’s UFC London card for retirement bout

Michael Bisping surprised the MMA universe by stepping in on short notice to face Kelvin Gastelum following Anderson Silva’s forced withdrawal from UFC Fight Night 122 in Shanghai due to a USADA violation.

Bisping lost his middleweight title in the main event of UFC 217 to Georges St-Pierre via third-round submission a week before he agreed to the short notice bout.

Although “The Count” openly talked about considering retirement in the lead-up to the Madison Square Garden showdown with GSP, he says he has no plan to retire following his bout with Gastelum at the end of the month.

According to the former middleweight champion, he wants to retire in front of his home support in England at UFC London on Mar. 17.

“God bless Shanghai, I’m sure the people are very nice, but no,” Bisping replied when Ariel Helwani asked him if he was considering retiring in Shanghai on the latest episode of The MMA Hour.

“Again, I have nothing against China, they are a lovely race of people. I have never been to China, why is my retirement fight going to be in China?

“There’s a fight card on in London. I would love to be on that. I would love to be a part of that to say thank you to the British people who supported me and have my last fight there.”

Bisping insisted he wanted to retire on home soil.

“I definitely want my last fight to be in England. I’ve always wanted my last fight to be in England.

“Yeah, definitely,” Bisping chimed when asked if the UFC’s trip to London in March would correspond with his MMA swansong.

The UK MMA legend went on to say he is at peace with what he has done in his career and that it was time to move onto something else.

“I’m at peace right now, I’ve been at peace for a long time. Contrary to what GSP said, I’m not an angry man. I’m a very happy man,” Bisping said.

“It’s time to move on and do something else with my life and I’m not done yet. That’s why I want to fight Kelvin because I know I can do better than last week.

“I’m taking this fight just (because) you’re only as good as your last fight, and last week’s fight didn’t go according to plan. I feel good, I’m in good shape, I’ve got no injuries, so why not?

“I was planning on my last fight being in March. This one came out of the blue so I guess I’m going to do one extra. That wasn’t the plan, but circumstances have put me in this situation.”

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