Michael Bisping is 'working towards' a movie career as UFC legend admits 'I'm not tempted to put the gloves back on'

MICHAEL BISPING is 'working towards' a movie career as the UFC legend admitted: 'I'm not tempted to put the gloves back on'.

Bisping, who has announced a return to the UK for an evening with tour, retired in 2017 as Britain's only ever UFC champion.


He has carried on his success over to the big screen, starring in Hollywood blockbusters like xXx and Den of Thieves.

And while enjoying the retired life as a UFC commentator and podcast host, Bisping revealed he is looking to push ahead with future movie roles.

He told SunSport: "I'm definitely working towards that, but it's a tough job, it's not easy work to find.

"But things are going well, fortunately I have a great agent. I'm filming Den of Thieves 2 later this year.

"We've got a movie that I'm doing called 'The Journeyman' which is going to be amazing.

"Hopefully we are filming that in Manchester sometime this Autumn.

"It's about a journeyman boxer who has CTE, he's got a bit of brain damage and things.

"It's a sad story but it's touching, it's great. The script is just amazing, so I can't wait to bring that to life."

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The British MMA pioneer called a day on his career having achieved his dream of securing UFC gold, knocking out rival Luke Rockhold in 2016.

But one year and three fights later – including a title defence against Dan Henderson and loss to legend Georges St-Pierre – Bisping hung up the gloves.

And despite now having a front row seat while calling the action as part of the UFC's broadcast team, the Manchester hero will not be convinced to return.

Bisping, 42, said: "It's weird, as that part of my life is over, and I don't see myself as that same person.

"It really has been like a completely different personality change, or shift, to be honest.

"I sit there commentating and I see what these guys or ladies are doing to each other and I'm like, 'Wow' it blows my mind then I have to sit back and think, 'Shit, I used to do that'."

Despite being a national treasure among UFC fans on these shores, Bisping has lived in California with his wife Rebecca since around 2011.

It meant leaving his adoring fans and family to head Stateside, where he enjoyed a historic career and afterwards found success as a pundit for the UFC.

Bisping was back in England last year, but only to briefly film a movie scene in Slough, while also unable to visit friends or relatives amid coronavirus resections.

But the retired icon is set to link up with supporters again as he announced a four city tour alongside his podcast host, comedian Luis J Gomez.

Bisping did a similar event in Canada in 2019 and following the success of that, he vowed to bring it back home.

He revealed: "I can't wait, I had a proper laugh when I did it in Toronto.

"We're coming to Manchester, London, Glasgow and Dublin, Luis J Gomez, he's a hilarious comedian, trust me, he's going to warm up the crowd, he's going to do a standup set.

"Then he'll introduce me, I'll come out, we'll have a laugh for a while then I'm tell some stories that will blow people's minds.

"Then he'll come back out with a microphone and it will be interactive, we'll have a laugh with the crowd, get them involved and hopefully everyone has a good time."

  • Catch An Evening with Michael Bisping: Tales from the Octagon this October in the UK, tickets from myticket.co.Uk

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