UFC Hall of Famer Michael Bisping will never forget unwavering U.K. support
LAS VEGAS – For the longest time, Michael Bisping was best known as a pioneer of mixed martial arts in the U.K.
Going through many ups and downs throughout his career, Bisping achieved his ultimate goal of becoming UFC champion when he shocked the world and knocked out Luke Rockhold in the first round at UFC 199. Now Bisping is not just a pioneer of U.K. MMA, but a UFC Hall of Famer.
Bisping (30-9 MMA, 20-9 UFC), who was inducted into the Hall of Fame last Friday in Las Vegas, will forever be remembered as one of the biggest and toughest personalities in the sport. Growing up in Clitheroe, Lancashire, the odds were heavily stacked against him.
And he credits the U.K. fans for sticking by him through thick and thin.
“It’s really hard to pinpoint one, but for me, just the support from the U.K.,” Bisping told MMA Junkie. “I’ll never forget that. I never took it for granted, the love and respect I got from them because I know I’ve got my flaws. I know I was an (expletive) over the years. I said things wrong. I wasn’t overly (politically correct). I used to put my foot in it the whole time, but they always stuck by me. Through my ups and my downs, through my losses, my knockouts, they always believed in me. That made me believe in myself, so I definitely say that’s one of my highlights.”
Bisping was the loud, young man who walked into “The Ultimate Fighter” house over 13 years ago, making noise in and out of the cage. He ended up winning the third season of “TUF” at light heavyweight and has never turned down a fight. In fact, he fought pretty much every top contender and former champion in the middleweight division, and his work ethic eventually paid off with UFC gold.
“The Count” holds wins over former middleweight champions Rockhold and Anderson Silva and former Strikeforce light heavyweight champion Dan Henderson, among many others.
Bisping can now look back on his career and be proud of all his achievements and as an example of someone who never gave up. It was a journey that many have learned to respect and appreciate, despite the Brit’s brash personality through the years.
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