After Lyoto Machida respectfully called out Michael Bisping following his split-decision win over Eryk Anders this past Saturday, the U.K’s first UFC champion has responded in kind.
Speaking on his ‘Believe You Me Podcast’ today, Bisping reacted positively to the suggestion of a potential bout between the two former champions.
“I’ve no problem with the decision, but what I do have a problem with is what Machida said afterwards,” Bisping joked. “I don’t really have a problem with it, [but] he called me out once again.”
“He just said we were supposed to fight a couple of times over the years and that it hadn’t happened and that basically, he had a lot of respect for me. I’ve got a lot of respect for Machida, I really do. As I said on Saturday, he’s one of the true martial arts specialist and one of the true martial artists that competes in the Octagon, so I have respect for him. Of course, there was the whole steroid issue, so I don’t want to rehash Saturday’s show, but there’s always going to be an asterisk over him.”
Bisping would then go on to reveal his recent fight negotiations with the UFC regarding his potential retirement fight and that he was very receptive to ending his career against ‘The Dragon’.
“The Rashad fight we spoke about and it didn’t materialize,” Bisping said. “The Machida fight as well is something that could serve as my last bout. [It’s] very similar to Rashad in many ways, he’s a former champion, had a long career and getting to the final stages of his career. He’s someone I haven’t fought and have a lot of respect for.
“He’s had a great career and it ticks all the boxes from that standpoint. That’s about it. As of right now, I’ve got to speak to the UFC and find out what’s going on for myself. I’m not considering opponents or who they are. I’ve got to speak to Dana and the UFC guys and figure out what’s going on next and in life.”