Michael Bisping Wants Retirement Fight Against Rashad Evans

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Former UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping is eyeing Rashad Evans as his opponent for a retirement fight later this year, according to a report from ESPN’s Will Kent.

“I want to fight in England,” Bisping said. “It’s a shame I’m not fighting this weekend [at UFC Fight Night London]. I was supposed to fight Rashad Evans, it never happened, we couldn’t get the deal right.

“It has to be right for the UFC, it has to be right for me. We couldn’t agree to terms this time, no hard feelings, but hopefully down the line we make it happen.

“I am very busy outside the octagon. I’ve got a lot of acting projects going on. Life’s good. It’s a little easier on screen than taking them [punches] for real. And I’m 39. I can’t do it forever, but in the UK one more [fight], that does sound nice.”

With chances very slim that there will be another UFC card in London this year, Bisping would prefer to fight this year rather than wait for the next London event.

“If it’s 2019, I’ll be 40 then. It’s got to be sometime soon,” Bisping said. “Maybe this summer, we’ll see. If I walk away now… obviously I don’t want to walk away on a loss.

“I was offered a couple of fights in different countries, but that doesn’t excite me. I’d like my final fight to be in England. If I can be tempted by a good offer, then I’ll do it.”