Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight champion Michael Bisping shocked the MMA world by announcing his retirement from the Octagon earlier today. The 39-year-old decided against competing in one final fight, revealing that vision problems were behind his decision.
— MMAFighting.com (@MMAFighting) May 29, 2018
Widely considered to be one of the biggest stars in the promotion, Bisping was not always popular with audiences but his record of 20-9 win/losses in 29 UFC appearances puts him among the best there is in the promotion’s history.
“It ain’t worth it. 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,” Bisping said on his decision.
“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.”
The Greek’s decision to hang up his gloves got a number of fans and fellow fighters taking to Twitter to send in their messages, with a number of them showing how respected and feared he was as a fighter.
Michael Bisping has officially retired. What a career. Soooo many memories. I’ll never forget he and I were talking at The Palms, before the Jason Miller fight, he stopped me midsentence and said, “You hear that? Jason. I hate that guy.” Miller walked in a minute later.
— Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) May 29, 2018
— Audie A. Attar (@AudieAttar) May 29, 2018
Michael Bisping. TUF winner. Kicked ass at the highest level for more than a decade. Beat the greatest of all time. Won the world title. Avenged his most devastating loss. One of the best fight promoters in the business. Insane heart rate. Instant HOFer. Fucking legend.
— Tommy Toe Hold (@TommyToeHold) May 29, 2018
Michael Bisping had that damn strut. That cocksure strut. You hated him for it. You loved him for it. Sometimes you weren't exactly certain which, or why. But wasn't he fun to watch fight? Yes he was. Michael Bisping will be missed. You can count on it.
— Jeff Wagenheim (@jeffwagenheim) May 29, 2018
Respect to Michael @Bisping for his HOF MMA career — who did it the right way. No PED’s and outworked most of UFC roster. His heart, determination, and perseverance made made him a champion.
All the best to ‘The Count’ in retirement!
— David Kano (@TheDKano) May 29, 2018
Michael Bisping is one of the greatest international pioneers this sport has ever seen. His contribution to breaking in to the UK market, a market that has always been primarily focused on boxing, is huge. Wether you love him or hate him, take a moment to appreciate him.
— Jordan Patu (@Jordan_Patu) May 29, 2018
Michael Bisping @bisping retires with the most significant strikes landed in UFC history.
He is one of only three fighters to have spent more than 6 hours in the UFC Octagon pic.twitter.com/6bD9jqS9h2
— MMA By The Numbers (@NumbersMMA) May 29, 2018
The “Count” as he is called was named the MMA International Fighter of the Year twice in his career – 2008 and 2012 but more than his achievements he will be known for the hardwork, dedication and perseverance he put in a career lasting 14 years.
We will certainly miss the Count as they do not make the likes of him anymore.