Michael Bisping is currently planning on two more fights before calling it a career but it doesn’t appear he has any designs on one of those matchups coming against former champion Luke Rockhold.
Bisping has laid out a strategy for two more fights in the UFC before retiring, although he has cautioned that plans could change in the future.
“If that fight [with St-Pierre] happens in November or December then after I beat him, one more fight in England. My last fight would have to be here, the fans have always got behind me, every step of the way. I’m not saying 100 percent it’ll be my final fight, but I can’t fight forever. I’m in a good place right now but who knows!” #MichaelBisping #GeorgesStPierre #UFC #MMA #UFCFightNight #Bellator #WSOF #Invicta #Judo #JiuJitsu #JeetKuneDo #Boxing #Wrestling #Karate #TaeKwonDo #Sambo
Ideally, Bisping would like to fight Georges St-Pierre later this year to defend his middleweight title for the second time and if all goes well then he would compete in his final bout against the winner of Yoel Romero vs. Robert Whittaker.
In other words, Rockhold just doesn’t fit into his plans.
“I’m not focusing on Rockhold. I’ve been there, I’ve done that, I fought him twice. A rubber match doesn’t really interest me right now,” Bisping said on his “Believe You Me” podcast this week. “What I want to do, I want to fight GSP, I want to fight the No. 1 contender.
“I’m not really thinking about Luke Rockhold if I?m honest.”
Bisping and Rockhold are currently tied at one win a piece after meeting on two prior occasions. Rockhold won the first fight by submission, but Bisping exacted his revenge with a first round knockout last year to become middleweight champion.
Ever since that time, Rockhold has been champing at the bit to get a rematch but it seems that’s going to be awfully hard to do if Bisping isn’t fighting any longer.
Of course, Bisping won’t say for certain that he’s only going to fight twice more before retiring but that’s his current agenda as he approaches his 39th birthday next year.
With a growing acting schedule and opportunities outside of the cage, Bisping has set himself up for a successful career once he’s done fighting and the current middleweight champion also knows it’s better to go out on top rather than being carried out.
As far as Rockhold is concerned, Bisping doesn’t really worry about his reaction or what the former champion says about him these days. Bisping has put his rivalry with Rockhold behind him and he’s focused on different challenges including a possible showdown with St-Pierre later this year.
“I honestly don’t give him the time of day,” Bisping said about Rockhold. “He doesn’t enter my mind space at all. I don’t think about him. I don’t necessarily have any ill will, to be honest. I think it’s kind of comical, to be honest. I don’t think of him and I have feelings of hatred and feelings of anger and animosity. I got the last laugh. It’s all good.”