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Michael Bisping doubts validity of Kevin Holland’s retirement: ‘He’s in the prime of his life’

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Michael Bisping is not buying Kevin Holland’s retirement.

On Thursday, Holland posted on Instagram teasing his possible retirement from MMA. Considering he’s under 30 and a rising UFC star, retirement would be a shocking turn of events for Holland, but Bisping doubts that’s realistic.

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“These are bulls,” Bisping said on his Believe me podcast. “These are bulls. Kevin Holland is a great fighter, he’s very famous, he’s the 2020 fighter of the year. He’s a fan favorite, he’s making money, he loves shiny things – I’m talking about gold and jewelry and things like that and he wants to buy more of them – and he’s in his prime. If it were to go, go, it would at least spice it up a bit, as opposed to using the typeface last seen on a fucking Atari gaming system. What is this font?! No choice. He’s a very stylish guy, doesn’t announce his retirement with a ZX Spectrum typeface.

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“I don’t think he is retiring at all. I don’t know what he’s playing. This is what fighters do. Conor McGregor has been known to do this all the time. He loves to tease his retirement. Diaz did it a couple of times. Jon Jones did it.”

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Retirement has been teased by several famous fighters in recent years, usually in the midst of contract negotiations, and while it’s possible something similar is happening with Holland, Bisping cited another reason for the post: Holland’s recent loss to Khamzat Chimaev. Chimaev dominated Holland at UFC 279, defeating Holland without even landing a punch, and the way it happened, the UFC Hall of Famer believes Holland may have come to terms with the dominance.

“The reality is that when you lose a fight – and it was a big fight with a lot of attention to him – against a guy like Khamzat Chimaev, and you get hit… maybe he’s going through a period of depression right now,” Bisping said. “Perhaps he was deflated — better to say, deflated. He’s a great fighter with a huge amount of options and maybe he went out there and fought Khamzat and thought, “Damn, wow.” The fact that he bullied me like that,” which, with all due respect, is kind of what happened – maybe he’s just going through a little introspection right now. Who knows? But I was there. A lot of fighters go through those periods.”

Bisping understands the ups and downs of a professional fighter better than most, having overcome numerous setbacks in his career before finally breaking through and winning the middleweight title at UFC 199. So, if this is indeed what is happening with Holland right now, Bisping gives a few tips for Big Mouth.

“Of course there is [doubt]there is always, but you have two options,” Bisping said. “You can say, ‘I’m not good enough. I’m about to leave. I’ll go away and find something to do with my life.” Or you can say, “Okay, okay, I have a job.” I realized that I have shortcomings in certain areas and I will fight. This is what I’m good at. This is what I was born for, this is what I am meant to be.” And you learn from those losses. It’s such a fucking cliché. We always talk about losses and how to learn from them, but this is true.

“Maybe he’s not messing around. Maybe he posted it on a whim, maybe he doubts himself. But if you really want to do it, you will have it. And it’s not the wins that define you, it’s the losses and how you bounce back from them.”



Source: www.mmafighting.com

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