UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping has revealed he is planning three defences of his title before retirement.
Britain’s first ever UFC champion made history with a knockout victory in the first round over Luke Rockhold in June.
Bisping will defend his title for the first time against Dan Henderson on October 8 and insists he has no plans to be one of the many short-lived UFC champions to be stripped of their belt in the last year.
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‘Yeah they do keep changing hands frequently, I mean it’s tough at the top,’ Bisping exclusively told Metro.co.uk.
‘Everyone wants it. Everyone wants what you’ve got and there’s a lot of good fighting talent out there.
‘But I haven’t worked this hard, this tirelessly, I haven’t gotten covered in this many scars, I used to be a good looking guy back in the day believe it or not.
‘I haven’t messed myself up this hard to win a belt and lose it against Dan Henderson at five in the morning in my hometown.’
Bisping returns to Manchester to defend his title having grown up in the small town of Clitheroe, 33 miles from the city centre
And while Bisping admits taking the title from Rockhold fulfilled a life-long dream for him, he plans to fight at least twice more after Henderson is beaten.
When asked how much longer he intends to continue fighting, Bisping replied: ‘Probably until I lose the belt.
Bisping interacts with fans and media during the UFC 204 press conference
‘I would like to do three title defences and then who knows, maybe three.
‘Win three and retire, right? But it’s always easy to say that.
‘The allure of going back and of course I like to get paid, money’s good.
‘I’m only 37, I plan on living for another 60 years if possible. I don’t think I’ll make it though, another ten if I’m lucky!’
Bisping shocked everyone when he disposed of Rockhold in the first round of their clash via knockout and has ruffled quite a few feathers in the middleweight division since his victory.
Every possible contender has called the Brit out in recent months, including Rockhold, but Bisping has assured his rivals he will soon get to them.
‘All of them,’ Bisping fired back when asked who he had in mind for his other defences.
‘All these b**** contenders who keep whining and complaining.
‘Luke Rockhold’s complaining, I just knocked him out in one round.
‘Chris Weidman’s complaining, well Luke Rockhold just beat him, beat the pulp out of him. So don’t know what he’s complaining about.
‘Jacare Souza, I guess he’s the number one contender.
‘This fight is taking place in six weeks on Saturday, he will still be there.
Jacare Souza congratulates Bisping after his title win (Picture: Getty)
‘Unless he gets hit by a car or something like that, he’s going to be there and we can fight.
‘So all these people, all these other contenders whining, complaining and moaning, don’t worry, we’re going nowhere.
‘Dan Henderson’s retiring soon, I owe him one, I’ll take care of that and then whoever’s next we can do.’