With him now officially retired from the sport, we look back on four of the most memorable moments in the late career resurgence of Michael Bisping.
He was a late bloomer but when all was said and done in the career of Michael Bisping, he most certainly had the last laugh.
Without further ado, here are the four moments that defined his late career resurgence.
Defeating Anderson Silva in his home-country of England
It wasn’t dominant, nor was it undisputed, but boy did Michael Bisping display his heart and toughness! As the fight that earned him his short-notice shot at the middleweight strap, Bisping was KO’d after the bell by Silva at one point, was forced to recover in sixty short seconds but still managed to bring home the win in front of his home-crowd. A stunning performance.
Knocking out Luke Rockhold at UFC 199
One of the most amazing upsets in the history of the sport also happens to come in on our list, of course. Then-champ Luke Rockhold looked as though he was set to establish himself as a dominant force at 185lbs but sure enough, on his first ever attempt at UFC gold, Michael Bisping shocked the world by KO’ing the heavy favourite in round one.
? June 2016
? UFC 199
? Knocks out Rockhold for middleweight title
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Avenging his loss to Dan Henderson at UFC 204
After succumbing to one of the most brutal defeats in the sport’s history at UFC 100 at the hands of Dan Henderson, getting one over on the former PRIDE champion was pretty satisfying for the Count. And while the fact that his ageing opponent was past his best was certainly a factor, the adversity he had to overcome to get the job done made the win feel special.
Fighting Georges St-Pierre at UFC 217
It may have ended in defeat, but make no mistake, the fact that Michael Bisping took part in the now-legendary Madison Square Garden show is a memorable moment in itself. The fight Bisping fought was a commendable one and he gave his opponent George St-Pierre one of the toughest fights of his career to date. The sheer scope of the event will ensure that his contribution to it will last eternally.
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena