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UFC champ Michael Bisping's ideal scenario could delay retirement past GSP fight

UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping is definitely considering retirement. How close he is to following through is … well, it’s up for debate.

Bisping (30-7 MMA, 20-7 UFC) made headlines Monday when he said his Nov. 4 headliner vs. Georges St-Pierre (25-2 MMA, 19-2 UFC) at UFC 217 could be his last fight. However, it appears Bisping – and his wife – have a more perfect retirement scenario in mind that involves the 38-year-old British champ returning home.

Via the latest episode of Bisping’s “Believe You Me” podcast:

“I’m not saying I want to retire. I don’t know if I’ve made my mind up,” Bisping said. “My wife wants me to. My manager says I should retire. He says, ‘This should be your last fight.’ He said, ‘There’s no better way’ – and he’s right – ‘there’s no better way than in Madison Square Garden, defending the title, beating a legend like Georges St-Pierre, then putting the gloves down in the octagon.’ That is the dream. That’s what everybody says.

“For me, though, I’m kind of torn. … And my wife kind of agrees. I want my last fight to be in Manchester (England). So there is the possibility this is going to be my last one, or my last one is going to be my next one against Robert Whittaker in Manchester. I’m not sure which one, so we’ll see. …

“The English were always so kind to me. The U.K. support that I had over the years always blew my mind. And I think I owe it to them to have my last fight there. So, I don’t know. Maybe it will, maybe it won’t.”

All of this retirement talk is nothing new to Bisping, who also admitted during his podcast that is wife wanted him to go out on top and after winning the title from Luke Rockhold last year at UFC 199. That bit of information leads me to believe Bisping would follow through after UFC 217 – win or lose.

Then again, a win over St-Pierre at the Nov. 4 pay-per-view event seemingly would leave Bisping in position to call his shot. As in, after 11 years and 28 fights with the UFC, how could the promotion not grant his wish of a title-unifying bout with interim champ Whittaker in Manchester?

Wait, a title-unifying retirement fight? I don’t know about that.

For more on UFC 217, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

The Blue Corner is MMAjunkie‘s official blog and is edited by Mike Bohn.

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