DETROIT – Jason Parillo plans to have a conversation with Michael Bisping about his fighting future following the former UFC middleweight champion’s loss to Kelvin Gastelum at UFC Fight Night 122 a week ago.
Parillo, who has served as one of Bisping’s (30-9 MMA, 20-9 UFC) primary trainers for the past several years, doesn’t believe his fighter needs to continue to compete if he’s only doing it for the money. “The Count” was a UFC titleholder a month ago, but after back-to-back stoppage losses against Gastelum and Georges St-Pierre within a three-week span, Parillo doesn’t believe more fights are necessary.
“In my opinion, Michael Bisping’s done enough,” Parillo told MMAjunkie. “I don’t think Michael Bisping ever has to fight again. I think that he had such a phenomenal career – if we are just fighting for money, maybe it’s not worth it at this point. He’s made a lot of money. He can retire and be fine for the rest of his life. He’ll never be fine just sitting around being fine. He’s going to go out and be making noise doing something else. That’s a conversation that’s going to be had over the course of time, obviously.”
Bisping, 38, said following his brutal first-round knockout loss to Gastelum in Shanghai that he intends on having one more fight before hanging up his gloves for good. UFC Fight Night 127 is scheduled to take place March 17 in London, and as arguably the most successful British fighter in history, Bisping said he would like to have his farewell in his home country.
The issue, however, is that the event is a little more than three months away. Bisping took considerable damage between his loss to Gastelum and bloody third-round submission loss to St-Pierre at UFC 217, and Parillo said another fight so soon is not what he views as an ideal retirement scenario.
“The wound is still a little fresh,” Parillo said. “I’m still a little down about his last fight. Not because he lost. You’re going to be down. I tell these guys, ‘Don’t worry about what people say and what people think’ and the whole nine yards. But, at the end of the day you’re emotionally attached to these guys when you’re part of it. You’re not in there fighting, but you feel the wins and losses and the losses hurt. I want to see Mike rest. I can’t even get my mind wrapped around him fighting anybody at this point. I don’t even want to think about fighting anybody right now.”
Bisping, who holds the UFC record for most fights at 29 and is one of two athletes with more than six hours of octagon fight time, has received some criticism for agreeing to a quick turnaround against Gastelum at UFC Fight Night 122. UFC commentator Joe Rogan said the decision “does not make sense,” and several other fighters questioned the potential health risks.
Parillo said he fully supported Bisping’s choice, but now knowing the result, admits he would change things if he could. He knows Bisping is content with how everything unfolded, though, and as long as that’s the case, Parillo said he can rest easy at night.
“Hindsight, you’re always going to say it’s a regret,” Parillo said. “You’re going to say that about (regrets): ‘(Expletive), we shouldn’t have done that.’ At the end of the day, you can’t go back on it and have regrets really about it. That’s Michael Bisping. Michael Bisping’s going to continue. That’s his character and the personality he is. He wanted to take that fight and he knows that he’s going to live with himself no matter what happens and no matter what you say or I say or any of the fans say.
“At the end of the day Michael Bisping’s just fine with who Michael Bisping is. He’s fine with the choices he makes and I know that as a coach. Everybody on his team knows that. He made a decision and he knows he’s going to live with it no matter what direction it goes.”
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Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie
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