Michael Bisping opens up on the chances of him fighting Jake Paul next

Paul will return to the ring in the summer but no opponent has been confirmed yet, although the former UFC champion is a front-runner.

Michael Bisping revealed he held talks about taking on Jake Paul previously and their war-of-words on social media has seen fans intrigued about a possible fight between the pair.

Bisping last fought in November 2017 and lost to Kelvin Gastelum before retiring soon after.

It is no secret the English fighter had to call it quits due to being blind in one eye. Bisping - who recently released a documentary on his career in the UFC on Amazon Prime - is the first British world champion from the MMA promotional outfit.

His standout wins include a points win over Anderson Silva and he defended his middleweight title against George St. Pierre but fell short.

Paul - nicknamed the 'Problem Child' - said Bisping was on his 'hit list' for the summer.

"So, do I want to fight Jake Paul?" Bisping said on his YouTube channel. "Listen, here's the thing, I had a great career. I'm very happy with what I accomplished. I'm happily retired. I'm very, very happily retired. But I do miss the thrill of competition - and I don't see Jake Paul as necessarily a threat.

"I retired from fighting because I only had one eye, and I didn't want to risk my other eye. In boxing, bigger gloves, against Jake Paul, I don't really see him as a threat. So Jake Paul, beating you up sounds like fun.

"Of course, you are a big star, and God bless you, well done to you. I'm not hating. Well done to you. You've done great things, all jokes aside, because I am kind of joking. You've done great. You're earning a lot of money. You're a big star. You're getting a lot of pay-per-views and stuff like that.

!So for that reason, I probably would. I probably would, but we've been here before. He sent an email to [Bisping's manager] Audie Attar, Paradigm Sports management, or his manager did, asking if I would fight him, offering $500,000. I said double it, add pay-per-view, and we'll see where we go. Never even got a response. So he's doing the same thing again here."

Paul went on to defeat another former star in Ben Askren in April 2021 and knocked him out in the opening round.

While Bisping has said the fight will not come to fruition, he has invited Paul to his world of fighting.

"This fight is never gonna happen, but I'll tell you what, Jake, if you want to throw down, if you want to step in the squared circle with me, I'll oblige. I'll do it," Bisping said. "It sounds like fun. It gives me a reason to train, to get in shape - give me a few months [to] lose a couple of pounds, and let's go, baby! No problem.

"The only thing is, I won't get sanctioned. I doubt one of the athletic commissions would let me right now because I used to lie about my eye, but now the secret's out. The cat's out of the bag. But there's lots of places where they will not care. Lots of places where they don't give a s**t.

"What about Dubai? Dubai seems to be hosting a lot of fights. Let's go to Dubai. What about an Indian Reservation? No problem there. Lots of countries in Europe, Africa, China - the world is our oyster. There's not athletic commissions everywhere. I'm pretty sure we could find a place that would allow us to throw down."

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