Bisping: The problem with having a huge f@$%ing ego was …
With hindsight, in July of 20101, we all would have bought Bitcoin at $0.008, and made a potential killing when it soared to $0.08, but hung on. But we’re human, so we didn’t. On his latest Believe You Me podcast, gallant former UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping said with characteristic candor that in hindsight, he shouldn’t have taken the fight with Kelvin Gastelum, just three weeks after losing his belt to welterweight G.O.A.T. Georges St-Pierre.
“It didn’t go my way, as everybody knows and saw,” said Bisping, as transcribed by Jed Meshew for MMA Fighting. “I felt great going into that fight, I did. Looking back in hindsight, was I overtrained and emotionally and physically tired? Yes I was, but the problem with having a f***ing huge ego and thinking you can still beat people is that I knew that but I still thought I could beat Kelvin Gastelum. Not taking anything away from him. He caught me with a beautiful left hook that put me down. God bless him.
“It was a big gamble, it didn’t pay off. Had it paid off it would have been great but that’s what you do. You roll the dice, you give it a shot, and you hope for the best, and the best man, I guess that was Kelvin so well done to him.”
“That fight was me trying to exorcise some inner demons and try and get back in the win column ASAP. As I said, it was a huge gamble and for many reasons it was the wrong move, but I don’t regret it. If you look at the grand scheme of things . . . I can see that it was the wrong move, but at the time it felt right, so I don’t regret it.
“After the GSP fight, when I agree to take the Kelvin Gastelum fight, I thought, ‘Well, I just had a week off but I was in great shape, so let’s get right back to it,’ and I sparred every day for a week. That’s all I did for Kelvin, Southpaws, five rounds, for five days, and then I flew out to China, and I was just done. Emotionally, physically, mentally, I was just spent.”
With the first back to back losses of his career, Bisping fell five spots to #7 in the middleweight rankings, but is not crushed.
“I’m not looking to become champion again, I’m looking to finish off my career with a couple of fun fights,” he said. “I went out there, I didn’t get the job done. I couldn’t give a f*** about rankings. I’m not trying to be the champion again. I had that, that was fun, it was a nice time in my life, I can always claim to have had that title, and now it’s time to move on with my life.
“I’m totally fine with it. I’m 38 years old. I’ve got a wife and kids. I’ve got other things I want to focus on in life. Will I do one more fight? Yeah, probably. But that phase of my life now is done and I’m happy with that. . . You can’t fight forever. I was a champion, no one remains a champion forever, and I’m proud of that.”
The Count says he wants one more fight, in front of his fellow Englishmen, at UFC Fight Night 127 on March 17, 2018, at The O2 Arena in London, England.