If Michael Bisping elects to have a farewell fight, it won’t be in London.
The former middleweight champion took to Twitter to announced that he will not be competing at UFC Fight Night 127 on March 17. Bisping had previously mentioned the event as a possible destination for his last bout within the Las Vegas-based promotion.
“Don’t buy tickets to see me fight in London,” Bisping wrote. “I’m not fighting. Just spoke with the UFC.”
Don't buy tickets to see me fight in London. I'm not fighting. Just spoke with ufc.— michael (@bisping) January 30, 2018
UFC Fight Night 127 takes place at the O2 Arena in London and will feature a light heavyweight rematch between Jimi Manuwa and Jan Blachowicz. The card, which will stream in its entirety on UFC Fight Pass, still does not have a headliner.
Last week, SBG Ireland coach John Kavanagh claimed that the UFC had proposed a Gunnar Nelson vs. Darren Till welterweight clash for the evening’s featured bout in London, but there has been no mention of that matchup from the organization.
Bisping, meanwhile, recently revealed that his family has urged him against taking a final fight. “The Count” was rocked and submitted by Georges St. Pierre at UFC 217 on Nov. 4 but returned to the Octagon three weeks later, losing to Kelvin Gastelum via first-round knockout at UFC Fight Night 122. On his "Believe You Me" podcast, Bisping confirmed that the UFC had offered him a bout at UFC Fight Night in London.
“I’m just debating whether or not I take the fight,” he said last week. “For me, whether or not those people can see, I have a bad eye. I have a bad eye and my wife doesn’t want me to continue fighting, and my manager doesn’t want me to continue fighting. I see out of that eye but not as well as I used to, and I’m still a young man so it’s kind of the reason I may hang the gloves up. My wife and manager and friends and people close to me say, ‘Mike, what do you want to do that for? You’ve done it. You’ve had the belt.’ I’ve done it. I’ve done what I set out to achieve.”