Arguably the most exciting card of the year is upon us. UFC 217 is here and it is stacked with huge clashes. 3 title fights will be taking place with fighters who come with a reputation of entertaining fights! Watching the prelims and under card match ups can be extremely entertaining as they can be much more engaging than the pre-main event fights in any boxing match up.
So on to the main event of the evening. The huge middleweight match up between long time veteran and current middleweight champ, Michael Bisping and former welterweight champion George’s St-Pierre.
This has all the qualities to be the fight of the night, even when you include the Gardbrant vs Dillashaw feud and all the bad blood that goes with it.
If you are a GSP fan then this blog is not going to be for you! Bisping has had a colourful career and his story is an interesting one. It is good to see that he has not only won the belt but successfully defended it against many tough opponents. He will win this fight, it will not be easy but he will win and not via a decision. But via a brutal knockout.
Watching Bisping fight is like watching a Rocky film, he keeps getting put down but just wont stop getting back up. The heart this guy has is colossal and we have seen him overcome adversity time and time again.
The only way GSP can win this fight is a submission which given GSP’s huge success in take down attempts is not impossible.
So what if Bisping wins?
Retire, he needs to retire. Why? Here is your answer.
He is 38 years old and the type of fights he finds himself in do not exactly embody the art of ‘hit but don’t get hit’. He is in some absolute wars and why would you want to take on that kind of punishment any further as you approach your 40’s
What more does he have to prove?
He has had a very good career and can finish it on his terms whilst at the top of the pile. This is a great match up and besides a Tyron Woodley fight there is not much more out their for him and given that Woodley’s last 3 fights have been the equivalent of bed time stories. Do not bank on that fight being made. Perhaps a third fight with Luke Rockhold or match up against Yoel Romero but the end should come after beating GSP. Beating GSP will speak volumes a thousand decibels higher than beating any of those other fighters.
What will wake him up in the morning so that he can endure a gruelling and punishing training regiment to fight? Especially when the fights that would seem as a step back in terms of a challenger. He definitely does not need the money, he regularly features on UFC commentary and analysis, he has a successful podcast and he also has a somewhat growing movie career.
So what happens if he loses?
He may take 1 or 2 more fights, 1 possibly being a rematch with GSP depending how good the fight is! Ultimately remaining healthy is the key along with retaining all his faculties and going out on a high. Every fighter wants to go out on top and a win over GSP would be a monumental high for Bisping.
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