– Michael Bisping lost his UFC middleweight championship to Georges St. Pierre at UFC 217, and he already booked a short-notice fight against Kelvin Gastelum at UFC Shanghai on Nov. 25. Bisping, who had discussed retirement in the buildup to UFC 217, was on The MMA Hour today and said he has no intentions of retiring in China. He pointed to an upcoming UFC fight card in his home country of England on March 17 (H/T to MMA Fighting).
“I have nothing against China, they are a lovely race of people,” Bisping said. “I have never been to China, why is my retirement fight going to be in China? There’s a fight card on in London. I would love to be on that. 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 definitely want my last fight to be in England. I’ve always wanted my last fight to be in England.”
– Decorated jiu-jitsu champion and top strawweight prospect Mackenzie Dern announced today on The MMA Hour that she has signed with Invicta FC and will make her debut on Dec. 8 against former title challenger Kaline Medeiros. Dern is currently 4-0 and widely regarded one of the best jiu-jitsu practitioners in the world today.
– Bellator MMA announced that it will be holding a year-long grand prix heavyweight tournament in 2018. The eight-man tournament will include Quinton “Rampage” Jackson (37-12), Roy Nelson (23-14), Chael Sonnen (30-15-1), Frank Mir (18-11), “King Mo” Lawal (21-6, 1 NC), Fedor Emelianenko (36-5, 1 NC), Matt Mitrione (12-5) and Bellator light heavyweight champion Ryan Bader (24-5). The three-round tournament will culminate in a new Bellator heavyweight champion being crowned. Dates, locations and matchups have yet to be determined.
Coming in 2018…The @BellatorMMA Heavyweight World Grand Prix.
? Scott Coker (@ScottCoker) November 13, 2017