Michael Bisping reflects on his crushing loss to Georges St-Pierre at UFC 217.
Michael Bisping talked a lot of trash to Georges St-Pierre in the lead-up to their middleweight championship showdown at UFC 217, but the quick-witted Brit has been nothing but humble in defeat.
Bisping, 38, lost his title to St-Pierre in the main event, succumbing to a rear-naked choke in the third round after being dropped with a counter left hook.
‘The Count’ refused to tap and was choked unconscious, but regained his wits for the UFC 217 post-fight press conference in New York.
Speaking to the media, Bisping said he was crushed by the loss but is proud of what he’s achieved in the sport. The former champion also gave full credit to St-Pierre for what was possibly the greatest finish of his career.
“I’m proud of what I’ve achieved in this sport. I really am,” Bisping told reporters at the press conference, per Mike Bohn and Ken Hathaway of MMA Junkie. “You can’t take that away from me. My kids are over there. They just said, ‘I thought you would be more pissed off.’ Of course I’m pissed off. I’m crushed inside. I am. But also at the same time you’ve got to realize what’s important in life. This is what I dedicate my life to. I do it for my children.
“I’m happy with what I’ve done. I’m crushed inside, but life goes on. Every time you fight one man is going to win, and one is going to lose. You can’t cry like a little (expletive). All respect to Georges. Well done. He beat me. I felt fantastic going in there tonight. I thought I would smoke him, and I didn’t, so well done.”
Bisping, who knocked out Luke Rockhold to win the 185-pound title at UFC 199 and defended it against Dan Henderson before losing to GSP, flirted with retirement in the pre-fight buildup but has promised to return to the Octagon for at least one more fight.
The MMA veteran reaffirmed those sentiments on Saturday, and is looking at a comeback next year in London, England.
“I don’t need time off,” Bisping said. “I’m fine. I’ve got no injuries whatsoever. I’m not hurt at all. I got a couple of little marks on the face. Maybe March in London. That sounds nice.… I don’t want my last time in the octagon to be me getting choked out. So I’ll be back in there at some point.”