Michael Bisping Will Not Compete at UFC Fight Night in London in March

Michael Bisping has told the UFC that he will not be competing at the upcoming card in London

Michael Bisping will not be headlining the upcoming UFC Fight Night card in London after all.

Rumors have been swirling for weeks that Bisping was in the running to fight in the main event in what would likely serve as the final bout of his legendary career. Most recently, Bisping was attached to a possible rematch against former champion Rashad Evans but now it appears that is no longer happening.

Bisping revealed via Twitter on Tuesday that he has informed the UFC that he will not be fighting at the upcoming card in March.

“Don’t buy tickets to see me fight in London. I’m not fighting,” Bisping said. Just spoke with UFC.”

Bisping had been waffling on the decision whether or not to return to action in March for the final fight of his career before retiring from the sport. The former middleweight champion had stated that he was undecided on fighting again or potentially calling it a career now to focus on his career in broadcasting as well as acting.

That leaves the UFC in a precarious position with tickets going on sale for the event on Wednesday for the event on March 17 with no main event to promote.

As for Bisping’s future, he didn’t say if he would be sticking around to potentially book a different fight in the future or if this move signifies that he’s decided to retire from the sport now rather than later. Only time will tell if Bisping has called it a career or if he’s holding out hope for one more fight in 2018.

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Damon Martin is a veteran mixed martial arts journalist who has been covering the industry since 2003 with bylines on FOX Sports, CNN, Bleacher Report and numerous other outlets.