According to a report by ESPN‘s Brett Okamoto, Michael Bisping makes his commentary debut this summer for Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series. The report stemmed from an article published by ESPN early this afternoon.
Michael Bisping has kept quite busy in the latter years of his professional fighting career. Of course, he notoriously defeated Luke Rockhold for the UFCs middleweight title on just two weeks notice, admittedly walking off a movie set. Now that the former champion is retired, his tenuous schedule does not look to have changed.
The UFC veteran only officially announced his retirement from MMA just over a week ago. The news also piggybacks another recent development for Bisping, as he and the UFC announced the opening of over one hundred UFC Gyms in the UK.
Michael Bisping Commentary Debut
Although the report states Bisping will make his commentary debut on the Dana White Tuesday Night Contender Series, no date is set.
Bisping last stood in the cage when he faced Kelvin Gastelum at UFC Fight Night 122 in Shanghai, China. It was a fight he took on short notice. Originally, the fight booked featured Anderson Silva against Gastelum. Unfortunately two weeks before the event, Silva withdrew from the bout after being notified of a potential Anti-Doping Policy violation.
It was this circumstance that left Bisping with an opportunity. One for redemption only a week removed from his submission loss to George St. Pierre at UFC 217. Bisping accepted the fight on two weeks notice and the result was less than desirable. Gastelum defeated the former champ by KO in the opening minutes of the first round.
Following the sudden back-to-back defeats, the British fighter vowed to fight once more before retiring. Many were rumored and suggested for a possible retirement fight but nothing ultimately came of the retirement fight. Eventually, he announced his retirement on his podcast, Believe You Me. Bisping cited multiple reasons including the well-documented damage to his eye.
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