Finally on 28 May 2018, former UFC middleweight champion Michael ‘The Count’ Bisping officially announced his retirement from MMA after 12 years with the UFC.
Bisping has gone through a lot of ups and downs in his career and has seen it all. From a potential career ending eye injury which made him partially blind from one eye to winning the UFC middleweight championship, hardworking and determination perfectly defines his career.
However one moment that stands above all others was his revenge victory over Luke Rockhold to become the champion. Bisping reflected back on the proudest moment of his career when he appeared on The MMA Hour.
“It’s flown by, but [UFC 199] does seem like a long time ago,” Bisping said recently on The MMA Hour. “I don’t know why, maybe it was because of the short notice or something, but I’ve never felt so confident going into a fight in my life. Never felt so confident. Even if you watch it back, and you see we try to touch gloves and Rockhold’s like, ‘No touch, no touch,’ and I said, ‘No touch? Well I’ll touch you in a second, motherf*cker.’ And you can hear it, I’m just off-screen saying, ‘I’ll touch you in a second, motherf*cker.’
“The fact that I’m so calm in my mind to be coming out with witty remarks right before the fight starts just shows how calm and in the moment I was, and a lot of that was because of (head coach) Jason Parillo again, and all my coaches. It was a great moment and I’ll forever remember it.”
Bisping however said that the moments he shared with his family after winning the title are the one’s he would treasure the most.
“For me, it was afterwards, just in the car with my wife and children … like most people probably do,” Bisping said. “It’s nothing flashy or whatever. I dropped them off and drove home before I met my friends and got a little to drunk or whatever, but just getting into the car from the arena with my wife and my kids, with a gold belt on my wife’s lap, I never thought that moment would ever happen. Just us.
“It was just one of those things. My wife with the kids, and they’ve got to go to bed, so I’m like, ‘I’ll take you.’ We got in the car, it was just a beautiful moment. Kids in the car, belt on my wife’s knee, driving home. She was there every step of the way, always believed in me, and now she has the world belt on her lap. It was just amazing.
“It was just disbelief, to be honest,” Bisping continued. “Even though we were all confident and my wife always believed in me, it was just disbelief. We just couldn’t believe it. The journey from, I used to sleep in my car to now living in California, we’re sitting in a nice car, driving home with a world belt — just the journey we’ve been on.”
Bisping expectedly mentioned another big win of his career.
“Anderson Silva”, Bisping said. Bisping said. “Beating Anderson in London in front of my home people, nearly getting finished in the third round, my face literally hanging off, cuts everywhere, an absolute bloodbath, fighting through that adversity — I’m glad that happened, because it made the story so much better. I got emotional after the fight in the Octagon, I shed a little tear, because that was the guy that I’d looked up to for so long that I knew I could beat. I always knew I could match up well with him and beat him, but I just never got a chance. So to do it in the way that it happened, that meant a lot to me. That was a huge moment.”