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Michael Bisping Backtracks on Retirement

With less than a month to go until he steps into the Octagon with Georges St-Pierre, Michael Bisping is backtracking on his recent comments that he might retire following the fight.

Welcoming St-Pierre back to the UFC following a four-year hiatus is the biggest fight of Bisping’s life, and that’s saying a lot. The 38-year-old Brit has spent the majority of his 13-plus year career in the UFC. He has amassed a 30-7 record, defeating the likes of Dan Henderson, Anderson Silva, Luke Rockhold, and many others.

St-Pierre would, however, be the brightest feather in his cap. 

Michael Bisping UFC 217 kickoff“It’s an iconic arena; it’s a big fight. It’s Georges St-Pierre. Everybody knows who Georges St-Pierre is. There’s not many people who have crossed over from the MMA fanbase into the mainstream, and Georges, I’d say he’s there. Maybe not as much as, say, a Conor (McGregor) or a Ronda (Rousey), but he’s not far behind, so it’s a big fight,” Bisping said during a September edition of The MMA Hour.

“And yeah, I think the career I’ve had, the years I’ve been in the UFC, the injuries I’ve had, the ups and downs, getting close to title fights and all of this, there’s a possibility this might be my last ever fight. I don’t know if I’ll fight again after this. What a way to go out if it is.”

That was far from definitive, but it’s a notion that Bisping repeated several times after that interview. 

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As the months give way to weeks and the weeks give way to days, Bisping has started to backtrack on the idea of retiring. He and St-Pierre are slated to headline UFC 217 on Nov. 4 in New York.

“Listen, a lot of people were asking me about (retirement),” Bisping said at Friday’s UFC 217 press conference in Toronto. “I love this too much. I love this whole process, getting ready for a training camp. Eight weeks ago, I was out of shape. Now I feel like I’m the champion of the world. I can beat anyone on this planet, especially this guy. I love that whole process. So, no, I won’t be retiring.”

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Charles Byrd Forced the Tap, Earned a UFC Contract (Free Fight Video)

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Witness Charles Byrd become the first fighter to go 2-0 on Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series and earn a UFC contract during week 6 of the show.

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According to UFC president Dana White, the Contender Series will return sometime after the start of 2018.

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Grant Dawson Took Out Adrian Diaz, Earned UFC Contract (Free Fight Video)

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Grant Dawson had already earned himself quite the reputation around the MMA world and proved it to be founded on Week 6 of Contender Series with his incredible performance. Not only did Dawson take out Adrian Diaz, he captured a UFC contract in the process.

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According to UFC president Dana White, the Contender Series will return sometime after the start of 2018.

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Germaine de Randamie Cleared for UFC Comeback

Former UFC featherweight champion Germaine de Randamie is on the mend and poised for a comeback.

de Randamie claimed the inaugural featherweight title by defeating Holly Holm in a controversial decision at UFC 208, which was marred by punches thrown after the bell by the Dutch fighter after both the second and third rounds.

There was further controversy when de Randamie refused to put her belt on the line against Cris “Cyborg” Justino. de Randamie said that she didn’t want to fight Cyborg because of her repeated anti-doping violations. The UFC in turn stripped de Randamie of the belt for her refusal to fight.

Germaine de RandamieShe was then slated to make her return to bantamweight in a fight with Marion Reneau in September, but had to withdraw due to trouble with a lingering hand injury. The hand injury also affected de Randamie following her title fight win over Holm in February before she was stripped of the belt.

After having to withdraw from the fight with Reneau, de Randamie opted for surgery in early September.

After several weeks on the sidelines, de Randamie announced that she is finally on the road to recovery and cleared for her return.

“Got the best news today (which feels like it’s been forever)!” de Randamie wrote on Instagram on Thursday. “Got green light from my doctor to start training again.”

Though she didn’t give a timeline, de Randamie can now get back to work and intends on returning to the Octagon.

“More determined than ever before. I’m combing back strong, faster, and more hungry than ever before.”


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UFC Star Julianna Pena is Pregnant

UFC bantamweight contender Julianna Pena is pregnant.

Pena hasn’t set foot in the Octagon since she lost to Valentina Shevchenko at UFC on FOX 25 in January, and now it looks like she won’t be returning any time soon.

Julianna Pena UFC on FOX 23 ScrumPena’s manager, Oren Hodak at KO Reps, confirmed the news to following a post by Pena on Instagram. 

Pena (8-3) had been on a four-fight winning streak, headed toward a UFC title shot. Shevchenko brought those plans crashing to the ground when she submitted Pena in the second round of their UFC on FOX 25 headlining bout.

She’ll obviously have to wait a while to try and get her career back on track. 

@peopleenespanol ran an article on my latest news. Check the magazine out for more details 🙂 ❤️ #HeartFull #BB ❤️

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