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UFC News: Michael Bisping says he is willing to fight Luke Rockhold in his retirement bout

Soumik Datta
233   //    02 Mar 2018, 00:27 IST

Bisping says he isn't bothered about moving up to the Light Heavyweight Division
Bisping says he isn't bothered about moving up to the Light Heavyweight Division

What’s the story?

During the latest edition of Michael Bisping’s official podcast Believe You Me, the former UFC Middleweight Champion stated that he is currently open to the idea of taking a retirement fight against his long-term adversary Luke Rockhold at the 185 or 205-pound division in the UFC.

In case you didn’t know…

Michael Bisping and Luke Rockhold have previously squared off in the UFC Octagon back at UFC 199, when the British fighter stepped in for former champion Chris Weidman on 17 days’ notice in order to face then champion Luke Rockhold in a rematch from their first bout in 2014 at UFC Fight Night 55, which Bisping lost via submission.

During their rematch in 2016, Bisping successfully managed to get his revenge on Rockhold after knocking out the latter in the first round of their fight in order to win the Middleweight Title for the first time in Bisping’s career.

The heart of the matter

During the latest edition of his Believe You Me podcast, Michael Bisping said that he is willing to entertain the idea of having a third fight against Luke Rockhold, however, this time at the Light Heavyweight Division of the UFC.

Bisping, who additionally also bragged about his last win over Rockhold, claimed that he almost took away the former Strikeforce Middleweight Champion’s soul after knocking him out at UFC 199.

Furthermore, Bisping also stated that he is willing to fight Rockhold at Light Heavyweight or the Middleweight division itself and isn’t too concerned about the weight class.

“I’ll fight him at 205, I’ll fight him at 185. I’m not bothered”- Bisping stated.

What’s next?

Michael Bisping’s last two fights in the UFC have both seen him end up on the losing side after the former Middleweight Champion suffered two devastating losses to Georges St. Pierre and Kelvin Gastelum.

Meanwhile, Luke Rockhold, on the other hand, has also recently suffered a huge loss against Yoel Romero at UFC 221 in Perth, Australia.

Author’s Take

The third fight between Rockhold and Bisping will definitely be huge, but, personally, I feel Rockhold will definitely get the better off Mike Bisping this time and eventually spoil his retirement plans.