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MMA India’s Adieu to one of MMA’s true legends, Michael ‘The Count’ Bisping

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“Come back with your shield, or on it.”

This is an ancient Greek phrase admonished onto Spartan warriors going into war. This seemingly was the code by which UFC legend, Michael ‘The Count’ Bisping lived by.

Michael Bisping announced his retirement on his own podcast ‘Believe you me’ this Tuesday. It sent shock waves throughout the MMA community, but a sense of peace as well.

MMA India's Adieu to one of MMA's true legends, Michael 'The Count' Bisping - michael bis

The Journey

Bisping, a professional competitor since 2004, has seen everything MMA has to offer.

He started his journey as the TUF 3 (The Ultimate Fighter) winner and thus, had put himself on a pedestal, as the star of the United Kingdom, a very lucrative market back then. Bisping’s career dwindled down and rose up in spurts – but never resulting in a UFC title, during his physical prime.

MMA India's Adieu to one of MMA's true legends, Michael 'The Count' Bisping - michael bis

Bisping’s hard work and perseverance paid off during the twilight of his career in 2016, as he finally became the UFC Middleweight Champion. He beat Anderson Silva, Luke Rockhold and Dan Henderson in the same year to cement his legacy in the sport.

Bisping, a life long warrior, received his first career threatening injury during his bout with Vitor Belfort in January, 2013. He lost the fight via headkick TKO. He suffered retinal detachment in his right eye, due to the kick. Bisping required surgery to rectify the issue, but delayed the procedure, out of the fear of being unable to compete ever again.

The issue worsened after his scheduled fight with Mark Munoz in October, 2013 at UFC Fight Night 30 . The symptoms of his ‘detached retina’ had become ‘that’ bad – that he had to undergo surgery – which included full removal of the eyeball.

Bisping made a full come back and ended up winning the coveted UFC Middleweight title, finally, in a short-notice fight versus Luke Rockhold at UFC 199.

Bisping, who has seen the greatest of up’s and the lowest of down’s, finally called it a day.

Bisping announces Retirement

Bisping finally opened up.

“Obviously, I’ve teased this for a long time now — I might fight again, I might not,” Bisping said.

“Unfortunately, it’s not a fight I’m announcing. I’m going to announce my official retirement from mixed martial arts.”

“After the Gastelum fight, I went to a party with all my team, friends, etc.,” Bisping said.

“We went to a club, and because it was dark, I kept seeing this flash out of the corner of my good eye. I’m like, ‘What the hell?’ and I keep looking. Then I realize there’s no flash going on; it’s just my eye.”

“Every time I look left, it flashes — and it still does it now when it’s dark.”

“I was kind of freaking out. First thing I did when I get home, I went to a doctor. They checked it out, and they said it probably was a detached retina. They looked at it and said, “No, it’s not a detached retina, it’s a vitreous detachment.”

“It ain’t worth it,” Bisping said. “What else am I gonna do? I won the belt, I’ve had tons of wins, I’ve done everything that I set out to do. Fortunately now, I’ve used my platform to open other doors.”

Bisping’s abrupt retirement, blew up social media. Everyone, who had an opinion on MMA poured out.

https://twitter.com/Cody_Nolove/status/1001327117676793856

We might never see another fighter as tenacious as Michael Bisping ever again, but the memories will live long enough.

Michael Bisping might have his detractors, but his career speaks for itself.

“This man is amazing. I’m a fighter, but I have been a fan of this man. He is a true example of hard-work and perseverance. All my respect to you, my man”- GSP

We at MMA India wish the The Count, the best in his future endeavors.

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