The man made a decision to drift into unconsciousness rather than tap out in the main event of UFC 217 and, just days later, when a potential USADA violation removed Anderson Silva from his scheduled 185lbs clash with Kelvin Gastelum, Bisping wanted to get back to doing what he does best.
"There's a fight card on in London", the former middleweight champ said, while referring to a planned, March 17th card.
Bisping, 38, is no stranger to last-minute fights, having won his middleweight title against Luke Rockhold at UFC 199 in 2016 on just 17 days notice.
The promotion then was searching to find a replacement for Silva, and they found former UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping who agreed to fight Gastelum at the event, which is slated to take place on November 25, 2017, at Mercedes Benz Arena in Shanghai, China.
"I'm at peace right now, I've been at peace for a long time. That wasn't the plan, but circumstances have put me in this situation". I can't express my feelings and how sad I am, because we all invest love, passion and time in this camp. "I would love to be a part of that to say thank you to the British people who supported me and have my last fight there". I don't know exactly the plans of God for me.
"I will not give up, much less stop doing what I love, not because of fame or money, it's because I love to fight".
"I definitely want my last fight to be in England". Now it's more WWF (E)", GSP said when appearing at the New York Stock Exchange. "It's insane. My plans are the same.
"A big kiss for everyone and see you soon".
"The UFC organization was notified today that the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) has informed Anderson Silva of a potential Anti-Doping Policy violation stemming from an out-of-competition sample collected on October 26, 2017". He was suspended for one year, fined upwards of $380,000, and his victory over Diaz was changed to a no contest result.