Michael Bisping eyeing retirement fight at UFC Fight Night 127 in London


Bisping, 38, is no stranger to last-minute fights, having won his middleweight title against Luke Rockhold at UFC 199 in 2016 on just 17 days notice.

UFC fans waited four long years for the return of former welterweight kingpin Georges St-Pierre, who vacated his title in late 2013 after citing the need to take time out from the sport.

The Manchester-native spoke in the immediate aftermath of his loss at UFC 217 of feeling as though he was "ready to go again" and surprised the world of MMA by stepping in for the suspended Anderson Silva in the promotion's first event in mainland China. "I've always wanted my last fight to be in England", Bisping told Ariel Helwani on "The MMA Hour" Monday. "I would love to be on that".

Bisping stunned the MMA world when he agreed to replace Silva in China less than two weeks after losing to GSP in NY.

"I definitely want my last fight to be in England".

Bisping holds an impressive record of 19-0 in fights that have taken place in the United Kingdom and he is undoubtedly the biggest name in the history of British mixed martial arts.

The UFC return to London on March 17. "I'm a very happy man", Bisping said. Facing off against Kelvin Gastelum at UFC Fight Night 122 later this month, the longtime Octagon contender says he wants to retire after a planned contest at UFC Fight Night 127 in March of next year.

Bisping has said in recent months that he doesn't intend to fight much longer, but then, prior to his November 4th bout with GSP, he said he had no imminent plans to close out his career. Now it's more WWF (E)", GSP said when appearing at the New York Stock Exchange. "It's insane. It's time to move on and do something else with my life.

'That's why I want to fight Kelvin because I know I can do better than last week. This one came out of the blue so I guess I'm going to do one extra.