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Michael Bisping will try to defend his UFC middleweigh title at UFC 204 on Saturday night.
Michael Bisping will try to defend his UFC middleweigh title at UFC 204 on Saturday night.
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“The Count” has laced up his gloves for the final time.

On Sunday, Michael Bisping announced his official retirement from MMA. The former middleweight champion had been suggesting that he was “probably” done with fighting for months but would not commit to retirement out of a desire for one final farewell fight. Ultimately though, citing an eye injury that has plagued him for years and the will of his family to hang up the gloves, Bisping decided that his knockout loss to Kelvin Gastelum at UFC China would be his last.

Bisping was the season three winner of The Ultimate Fighter and pioneer of MMA in the United Kingdom. He retires with a number of UFC records including Most Bouts in UFC History (29), Most Wins in UFC History (20), and Most Strikes in UFC History (1533). He won the UFC middleweight title by knocking out Luke Rockhold on short notice at UFC 199 and went on to successfully defend the belt at UFC 204 against Dan Henderson.

Check out how the MMA community reacted to the end of Bisping’s Hall of Fame career.



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SOCIAL MEDIA BOUILLABAISSE

Rory wants it.

Gaethje calling out Ragin’ Al.

Tito trying to get paid.

Man, Spicely looks rough.

Friends.

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Belal low key has one of the best MMA Twitters.

But Sage is still the GOAT.

Joey B on his Slim Shady ish.

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FIGHT ANNOUNCEMENTS

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TODAY IN MMA HISTORY

2010: Rashad Evans and Quinton Jackson settled their beef at UFC 114 with Evans taking a unanimous decision win.

2016: Cody Garbrandt knocked out Thomas Almeida at UFC Fight Night 88.


FINAL THOUGHTS

Have a good Tuesday and see y’all tomorrow.


EXIT POLL

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