The Ultimate Fighting Championship returned to London and during Saturday’s event the promotion announced that British MMA legend Michael Bisping will be inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame this summer.
“It’s hard to have the level of talent needed to compete in UFC for any amount of time, but Michael Bisping was able to have an 11-year career where he became a world champion and won ‘The Ultimate Fighter.’ Not many people can say that,” UFC President Dana White said. “He also came back and coached ‘The Ultimate Fighter’ and is now one of the best analysts on our broadcast team. Michael has been a huge part of not only building our brand, but also the sport of mixed martial arts. He absolutely deserves to be in the UFC Hall of Fame.”
Bisping, a former middleweight champion, ended his career with a 30-9 mark and holds notable wins over the likes of Luke Rockhold, Anderson Silva, and Dan Henderson among others.
‘Count’ was a fan favorite to many, and had some memorable performances and legendary fights, like when he took on Georges St-Pierre at UFC 217.
“It’s been a long journey – in 2003, I started training,” Bisping said. “Fifteen years as a professional fighter, 12 or 13 years in the UFC. You can’t do it forever. I’ve done it for a long time, and of course I’ve got issues with my eye. After the Gastelum fight, I started having issues with my good eye, which I’ve never spoken about before.”
Bisping will be inducted in July and enter the Modern Era wing, joining the likes of Forrest Griffin, B.J. Penn, Ronda Rousey, and Urijah Faber.