Former UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping is the first inductee of the 2019 UFC Hall of Fame. Bisping became the only British fighter to win a UFC title. He won the middleweight title back in 2016 when he knocked out Luke Rockhold at UFC 199 in the Forum.
The 40-year old then went on to defend his title against Dan Henderson but ultimately lost to legendary Mixed Martial Artist Georges St-Pierre at UFC 217. He then retired from MMA after suffering a KO loss to Kelvin Gastelum at UFC Fight Night 122.
He has fought notable names like Chael Sonnen, Vitor Belfort, Tim Kennady, Anderson Silva, GSP etc. He was a veteran of 39 professional fights and won 30 of them. The announcement was made on the UFC Fight Night London broadcast.
Here is how Twitter reacted to Michael Bisping being inducted into the UFC hall of fame.
The Cinderella story is complete!
— UFC (@ufc) March 16, 2019
Congrats Michael Bisping. Legend of the sport, very well deserved!
— Reuben (@mj_reuben) March 16, 2019
Very few in MMA history have matched Michael Bisping’s in-cage excellence, longevity, consistency and ability to sell a fight on the microphone. Incredible video package by the UFC and a well-deserved Hall of Fame honor. https://t.co/If620N03Vs
— Marc Raimondi (@marc_raimondi) March 16, 2019
Michael Bisping will be inducted into the UFC HOF this year, per the broadcast. Well deserved, Count.
— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) March 16, 2019
— Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) March 16, 2019
Michael Bisping lost to Anderson Silva by TKO. true story. why are they showing that in his UFC Hall of Fame reel. 😂#UFCLondon
— JASON EDGE (@Doubt_Evrything) March 16, 2019
He’s a pioneer and will be a legend of this sport. Congrats again Michael Bisping! #UFCLondon
— Aljamain Sterling (@funkmasterMMA) March 16, 2019
Just got chills hearing the announcement of Michael Bisping being inducted into the Hall of Fame. He absolutely deserves it and even though we no longer see him in the Octagon, we are privileged to still have him around our sport. Glad to see it announced in the UK. #UFCLondon
— Tiffany (@tiffanyn8433) March 16, 2019
— UFC (@ufc) March 16, 2019
Michael @Bisping has been announced for the 2019 UFC Hall of Fame. Beautiful move to do this in London. Love it. Congrats!
— Mike Bohn (@MikeBohnMMA) March 16, 2019
#UFCLondon taking a break to announce Michael Bisping's induction into the UFC Hall of Fame.
— Bloody Elbow (@BloodyElbow) March 16, 2019
🥊 39 fights
👌 30 wins
👊 16 KOs
🏆 First British UFC champion
💪 Joint-most wins in UFC history
🗺️ Headlined in record seven different countries
👏 Michael Bisping is inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame. 👏 pic.twitter.com/lNKpjPXWTB
— bet365 (@bet365) March 16, 2019
— Chamatkar Sandhu (@SandhuMMA) March 16, 2019
Michael Bisping is entering the UFC Hall of Fame! 🥊
✅ First English UFC champion
✅ King of trash-talking
✅ 29 UFC fights, 3rd most pic.twitter.com/VZj1t9fRKS
— Coral (@Coral) March 16, 2019
Michael Bisping getting an insane reception as UFC confirm he's inducted into the Hall of Fame #UFCLondon
— Coral Barry (@Coral__Barry) March 16, 2019
Possibly a controversial opinion. I don't like this. Absolutely Michael Bisping deserves to be in the Hall of Fame, but would prefer if he wasn't inducted for another few years. Let the nostalgia build up. #UFCLondon
— Ben Kiely (@TheJivemaster) March 16, 2019
Awesome moment at #UFCLondon to celebrate Michael Bisping, who will be inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame this summer. Well deserved.
— Shaheen Al-Shatti (@shaunalshatti) March 16, 2019
MIchael Bisping getting inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame class of 2019..
— Damon Martin (@DamonMartin) March 16, 2019