Bisping says Brits fighting at UFC London are the UK’s ‘Golden Generation’ but refuses to take credit for paving the way

MICHAEL BISPING believes the UFC’s long-awaited return to London shall be a coming of age for the Golden Generation of British fighters – but he’s refusing to take any credit for influencing them.

Eleven Brits will make the stroll to the world-famous octagon on Saturday evening in the promotion’s first card in the UK for over three years.

Michael Bisping shocked the world six years ago by KO'ing Luke Rockhold to claim the UFC middleweight title
Michael Bisping shocked the world six years in the past by KO’ing Luke Rockhold to declare the UFC middleweight titleCredit: GETTY
Bisping's shock victory over Luke Rockhold inspired the latest generation of British UFC fighters
Bisping’s shock victory over Luke Rockhold impressed the newest era of British UFC fightersCredit: GETTY
But the humble Count has downplayed his impact on the current nation's Golden Generation
But the humble Count has downplayed his impression on the present nation’s Golden GenerationCredit: REX

Wigan’s personal Tom Aspinall has been given topping billing at the O2 Arena in a heavyweight showdown with Alexander Volkov, which shall be preceded by Suffolk strangler Arnold Allen’s featherweight conflict with Dan Hooker.

The pair, and the remainder of their British compatriots, have all admitted to drawing inspiration from the Hall-of-Fame profession turned in by Bisping – the nation’s first and solely UFC champion.

But The Count has performed down his half of their rises to prominence, telling SunSport: “I wasn’t the first man [representing the UK].

“There have been individuals who got here earlier than me.

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“And he [the Q&A host] mentioned, ‘Yeah, but you’re the man that caught round and actually carved a profession out of it.’

“I mentioned, ‘Okay, I get that.’ But I’m eager to level out that I wasn’t the first man.

“There were others before me and there are plenty of others after me.”

Despite being fast to brush off his impression on the stars of UFC London, Bisping is conscious of the impact he had on the progress of the sport in the United Kingdom.

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He mentioned: “When I take out the humility aspect of it, I’d be mendacity if I didn’t recognise and see [the impact I had].

“Of course, at one level, I had the most wins in the UFC.

“I undoubtedly was a fixture for a really very long time and I’m very happy with that.

“And I’m happy with the impression I left on the sport and seeing all these individuals [in action] at the weekend.

“Knowing that guys I’d come up with and some of my colleagues back in the day kind of helped it along in our little way [is nice].”

Bisping’s work in elevating the profile of a sport as soon as deemed to be ‘too brutal’ to turn into mainstream in the UK wasn’t simply resigned to the confines of the octagon.

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He recalled: “I keep in mind after I gained the Ultimate Fighter season three and so they opened up the UK workplace. I might spend half my life on the practice happening to London to converse to journalist after journalist, after journalist.

“I’d sit in a really good resort that the UFC would pay for or sit in a restaurant and I’d do journalist after journalist, after journalist. Just making an attempt to get the phrase on the market.

“This wasn’t for a combat. I didn’t have a combat booked.

“This is simply me working for the UFC making an attempt to expose the model and I suppose working for myself and making an attempt to expose my model. It was a variety of work, but I cherished each minute of it.

“But to see where it’s at today – I do take a sense of pride in it.”

Former UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping spoke to SunSport forward of the launch of his documentary.

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