Following his 1st round knockout defeat to the hands of Kelvin Gastelum in Shanghai on Saturday, many UFC fans will be wondering what is next for the former middleweight champion. ‘The Count’ has recently been discussing the possibility of retiring from the sport. Despite this, it is widely expected that he will make one final walk to the octagon when the UFC returns to London in March. A city in which he has fought 6 times in his career and where he famously defeated the all-time great, Anderson Silva. Assuming this is the case, we take a look at 3 possible opponents for the Brit.
This is the match-up that UFC analyst and former welterweight fighter, Dan Hardy is campaigning for and it is hard to argue against it. It would be very interesting as it is still unclear as to what kind of fighter the former light-heavyweight champion is since returning. Both men would be coming into the fight off the back of brutal knockouts, so it makes a lot of sense for them to finally face off.
From one former light-heavyweight champion to another. A rematch with Vitor Belfort would be a fight most UFC fans would like to see for Bisping. It pits two legends off against each other in the latter stages of their respective careers. It also makes sense to offer Bisping the chance to avenge one of his defeats in what is most likely going to be his final fight.
A rematch between these two in the city where it took place the first time makes all the sense in the world, especially with the controversy that surrounded it. A lot of fans will argue that ‘The Spider’ should have been announced as the winner on that night. There is also the obvious claim where he could have and should have probably finished Bisping following that huge knee. There is definitely a sense of unfinished business here and that could very well be settled in March, providing Silva’s ongoing dispute with USADA gets resolved and he is cleared to fight.
Who would you like to see Michael Bisping take on in his farewell fight in London?