Former champ Bisping retires

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Michael Bisping announced his retirement from mixed martial arts on Monday night, according to He made the decision after an issue with his good eye.

“Obviously, I’ve teased this for a long time now,” Bisping said. “I might fight, I might now. Unfortunately, it’s not a fight I’m announcing. I am going to announce my official retirement from mixed martial arts.”

Michael Bisping speaking after his last fight in November 2017 (Getty Images)

Michael Bisping speaking after his last fight in November 2017 (Getty Images)

Bisping is a former UFC middleweight champion. Besides working in the UFC, he is an analyst for UFC on FOX. With FOX losing their UFC coverage, Bisping may look for employment with ESPN.

The 39-year-old Bisping ends his career on a two-fight losing streak. In his last bout, he lost to Kelvin Gastelum at UFC Fight Night 122 – Bisping vs. Gastelum by KO (punches) in the first round.

He also lost to Georges St. Pierre at UFC 217 in New York on November 4, 2017. He lost this bout in the third round via a technical submission (rear-naked choke).

Prior to losing to Gastelum and St. Pierre, he was on a five-fight win streak. This streak went from April 2015 through October 2016.

The Manchester, England native went 30-9 in his MMA career. He had 17 knockouts with 10 decisions and three submissions.

He injured his good eye in the bout with Gastelum. He injured his other eye in a second round TKO (Head Kick and Punches) loss to Vitor Belfort at UFC on FX 7 – Belfort vs. Bisping on January 19, 2013.

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