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Former UFC champion, 'TUF' winner Michael Bisping announces retirement

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Former UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping has decided against a final fight and today announced he is officially retired.

On his “Believe You Me” podcast, Bisping indicated vision problems were behind his decision to hang up his gloves and added he has nothing left to prove as a fighter.

“It ain’t worth it,” Bisping said. “What else am I going to do? I won the belt, I’ve had tons of wins. I’ve done everything I set out to achieve.

“What’s the point of flogging a dead horse? Not that I’m a dead horse, but what’s the point? … I’ve used my platform to open other doors. You’ve got to know when to walk away. I’m almost 40 years old – the time is now.”

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Post #1   5/28/18 8:55:41PM   

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Thank you, Bisping! It was a good career!

Post #2   5/28/18 9:01:06PM   

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I was personally always a fan since The Ultimate Fighter season 3 which he won. His humor was always a character of WWE esque which made him sound arrogant. Futhermore, an early career close split decision win over Matt Hamil made him one of the most hated fighters (outside of Europe) in the sport.

Eventually, I believe everyone learned to respect him & his heart after he battled back from a serious eye injury to beat Anderson Silva in a war. Afterwards he took a short notice title shot (rematch) to win the Middleweight Championship in one of the biggest upsets in UFC title history.

I agree with his decision to hang em’ up so that he does not suffer any further damage to his vision or brain. He is a great analysist now, maybe a future commentator, and his presence will still remain in the UFC...just not as fighter inside the octagon.

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Post #3   5/28/18 9:03:15PM   

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Dude was great! We all had a blast with him over the years! His eye is super cloudy when I see it on TV too. If there was 1 last one it would have to be immediate because I'm sure that is only going to get worse. I think his retirement is as legit as Bas Rutten.

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I found the guy annoying in the beginning of his UFC career but I have learnt to respect his character and have always respected him as a fighter. He was never really the best but was definitely amongst the toughest and probably had more resilience than any other fighter not names Frankie Edgar.

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Hall of famer for sure.

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Never been a fan of him, he's always come across as a heel. I certainly respect his game though, he put on great fights and I started watching when he first entered the scene at tuf 3. It's a weird feeling to find a fighter who was in it the whole time you were watching and really hit the scene when you first found the sport. For me that was Spitz. Sad to see him go because he's one of the few of the old guard left, but it's much better than going out with a gang of bad losses

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Met the guy and too suprise he was really cool.

Saw him live whem he got the belt and when hendo dropped the H bomb on him

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I've always been a Bisping fan and glad to hear he's hanging up the gloves. I don't enjoy watching him lose and look sorry doing so. And it has really annoyed me recently hearing different fighters still calling him out-it's like what's the point in beating an old guy past his prime.

But definitely he's a soon HoFer!

Post #9   5/29/18 9:09:36PM