Michael Bisping Opens Up About Why He Retired Now

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Michael Bisping has spent nearly the entirety of his 14-year career in the Octagon, but decided to finally close the door on the cage earlier this week. 

Having won The Ultimate Fighter and the UFC middleweight title, and currently tied with Georges St-Pierre and Donald Cerrone for most wins in UFC history at 20, Bisping has achieved a lot during his time in the Octagon and will likely be a shoe-in for the UFC Hall of Fame.

He had been angling for one more fight before he road off into the sunset, but after none materialized, despite back-to-back losses in his last two fights, Bisping decided it was time to call it a career. But why now?

“Obviously, I thought about (retirement) for a long time. I’ve had detached retinas and glaucoma and stuff, and then I started having pain and issues with my good eye, so this isn’t working anymore,” Bisping said on Wednesday’s edition of UFC Tonight.

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“I achieved everything I wanted to achieve. I’ve had a great career. I’m very proud of everything I’ve done. But you’ve got to know when to walk away and it just seemed like the time is right. I’ve won the belt; I’ve made a bit of money. What more is there left to do?

“Move on, new chapter in my life, it’s exciting, it’s scary, but the time is right.”