The former UFC middleweight champion of the world Michael Bisping has announced that he will be commentating for UFC events next year.
Few fighters enjoy a late-career run as fine as the one produced by the former UFC veteran Michael Bisping.
Often seen as one of the finest fighters in UFC history to never receive a crack at UFC gold, the Englishman’s opportunity to fight for the belt came on short-notice after Chris Weidman pulled out of his UFC 199 rematch with champion Luke Rockhold due to injury – giving the Manchester man his chance to finally compete for a title.
Taking that chance with both arms, Bisping did the unthinkable by knocking out the heavily-favoured Rockhold in the first-round.
From there, ‘The Count’ began his bizarre reign atop the division – taking on old rival Dan Henderson before engaging in a lucrative mega-fight with Georges St-Pierre.
And while he would lose to GSP and then against to Kelvin Gastelum just three weeks later before retiring, it now appears as though Bisping has struck gold once again.
Speaking on his popular podcast Believe You Me, he revealed that he will begin work as a UFC commentator in 2019.
”I’m going to be commentating on UFC events going forward, so that’s interesting and exciting for me. Yeah just going back and forth with the UFC obviously I’m going to be continuing with ESPN in the new year, got the first few dates, Brooklyn, Phoenix, London so that’s exciting and there’ll be some commentary in there as well.
“[I’m] yet to get my first gig booked but we’ve negotiated the deal and everything so that’s good news it’s exciting times.
“It wasn’t something I was yearning to do but of course I’m not fighting anymore and I’ve dedicated my life to this sport, I do know a lot about it.
“If you ask me my expert subject, mixed martial arts and the current climate of mixed martial arts would be one of my expert subjects for sure. I do want to stay involved with the sport. It keeps me relevant, it keeps me current.” (BJPenn.com)
Bisping’s charisma and natural charm should meld with his years of in-octagon experience to make him a perfect for the commentary booth that has currently hosts past and present fighters Daniel Cormier, Dominick Cruz, Dan Hardy, and Paul Felder.
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena