Ever wonder what Michael Bisping’s net worth is in 2020? Michael Bisping is an English retired mixed martial artist, actor, and author. He was inducted in the UFC Hall of Fame in 2019. Michael has accomplished a lot in his life that has given him the ability to be worth millions of dollars.
Personal Life of Michael Bisping
Michael Bisping was born on February 28, 1979, in a British Military Base in Nicosia, Cyprus. His father is of British descent and was serving in the British Army when Michael was born while his mother is of Irish descent.
Michael attended St. Augustine’s Roman Catholic High School in Billington.
Michael started training in jujutsu at a young age of 8 and has been a fighter ever since.
Michael met an Australian wife, Rebecca, and they have three children together. Their eldest son, Callum, is also an accomplished writer.
Michael Bisping Career to Success
Michael started competing in martial arts when he was 15 years old in Britain’s first “no holds barred” competition, the Knock Down Sport Budo (KSBO).
When he turned 18, Michael stopped his MMA training to pursue a life outside the ring. He did different jobs from a postman to a factory worker. But in the end, he returned to MMA as his calling to be a fighter was too strong.
Michael trained in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, boxing, kickboxing, and karate. He was known for his excellent striking skills and used punches and kicks to fend off his opponents.
In 2004, Michael made his MMA professional debut on “Pride & Glory 2: Battle of the Ages” against Steve Matthews. A month after, he got his first knockout win in “UK MMA Challenge 7: Rage & Fury” against John Weit.
Michael became the Cage Rage light heavyweight champion in his third professional MMA march at Cage Rage 7. He got a TKO win against Mark Epstein.
Michael defended his title in a rematch against Epstein at Cage Rage 9, where he earned a knockout victory. This win solidified Michael as one of the top light heavyweight fighters in all of England, and UFC gave him the moniker “The Great British Hope.”
Since then, Michael had been competing in numerous MMA competitions from Cage Rage, Cage Warriors, and Wolfslair.
Michael joined UFC’s “The Ultimate Fighter 3” in 2006, and he won that season. This made Michael the second light heavyweight winner of the UFC TV series.
Michael was supposed to fight against Eric Schafer at “The Ultimate Fighter 4” but was forced to withdraw from the fight because he had difficulties acquiring his visa.
In 2007, Michael got a TKO win over Elvis Sinosic during the UFC 70 in Manchester.
From the start of his MMA career, Michael competed in the light heavyweight division despite people advising him that he would do better at the middleweight division.
Following his first loss ever in his career during the UFC 78 match against Rashad Evans, and with the support of UFC president Dana White, Michael dropped down his weight division. When he dropped to the middleweight division, it was noticed that he had more power on his feet.
In 2008, Michael started his middleweight debut at UFC 83. Michael was able to get a TKO win against Charles McCarthy when Charles was unable to continue after a forearm injury he got during the first round.
Michael’s nest fight at the middleweight division was scheduled to be against Chris Leben on June 7, 2008, at UF 85 in London. Unfortunately, Chris was unable to compete as he was sentenced to jail for 35 days. Jason Day became Chris’ replacement.
Michael became one of the coaches on the 9th season of the reality show “The Ultimate Fighter.” After the show’s conclusion, Michael fought against one of the show’s coaches, Dan Henderson.
The fight against Henderson resulted in Michael’s first knockout loss in his career. He was knocked out so bad that the fight had to be stopped, and suffered from short-term memory loss.
This did not discourage Michael as he was able to bounce back, get into training, and managed to continue to win a lot of MMA competitions right after.
In 2018, a 40-year-old Michael officially announced his retirement from MMA competitions. This decision was caused by an eye injury that he got during his fight against Kelvin Gastelum in the November 2017 UFC Fight Night.
In 2019, Michael was inducted in the UFC Hall of Fame. In the same year, Michael released his book entitled “Quitters Never Win: My Life in UFC.”
Aside from a colorful MMA career, Michael also had a Hollywood career as he did a few acting stints.
In 2016, Michael became part of the cast of the movie “XXX: Return of Xander Cage.” In the same year, he also got a small role in the television series, “Twin Peaks.” He also got a role in the sports drama movie “My Name is Lenny.”
In 2018, Michael had a short cameo in the film “Den of Thieves.” In the same year, Michael would be one of the four presenters in the reality TV series “Hyperdrive” on Netflix.
As of 2020, Michael Bisping is estimated to be worth $9 million.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
UFC Hall of Fame (modern-era wing, class of 2019)
UFC Middleweight Championship
First British champion in UFC history
The Ultimate Fighter 3 Light Heavyweight Tournament Winner
Retired with most fights in UFC history (29 fights)
Cage Rage Championships
Cage Rage Light Heavyweight Championship
Cage Warriors Fighting Championship
CWFC Light Heavyweight Championship
FX3 Light Heavyweight Championship
World MMA Awards
2008 International Fighter of the Year
2012 International Fighter of the Year
“Due to the UFC educating people on MMA as a sport, people give us the respect as athletes, opening doors to opportunities which wasn’t available in the past. It has been amazing to be part of the UFC journey.” – Michael Bisping
“Some people are born for a certain thing. And for me, unfortunately, I wish it was something a bit more artistic or whatever, but I was a born fighter. That’s what kept me coming back. It makes me feel alive. And, I just know, there is nothing I do better in this world than fight.” – Michael Bisping
“I can’t understand how some guys get tired after one round. If you can’t go the distance, why are you even in the fight?” – Michael Bisping
“It’s going to take more than one loss for me to hang up my gloves; that’s for sure.” – Michael Bisping
Lessons to learn from Michael Bisping
Pursue your passion
There were a couple of times when Michael tried to quit MMA fighting. Michael decided to pursue real life and did typical, regular jobs. However, Michael realized he was happier doing MMA, so he returned and continued his training every time he tried to walk away. It did help that MMA eventually started getting recognition because it meant more money involved in the sport. Because of this, he was able to make a living doing the thing he loves the most.
Quit the stigma
MMA fighters have been carrying a stigma on their shoulders that they are violent people. This is also one reason Michael had kept quiet about his past, wherein he was in prison before he started his professional MMA career. This was a secret that was maintained until he spilled the details about it in his book. He said he kept quiet about it because he did not want to be affected by the stigma or encourage the sport’s stigma.
Know when to walk away
Michael retired from his professional MMA career at 40 years old. Although he could still compete, he sustained an eye injury the year before, which affected his ability to fight well. Michael realized that pushing on was not worth getting further injuries. He was able to walk away, knowing that the titles he had earned were enough. The year after, he was inducted in the UFC Hall of Fame.
Michael Bisping is an English mixed martial artist, sports analyst, commentator, and actor who has won numerous MMA competitions throughout his career.
As of 2020, Michael Bisping’s net worth is estimated to be around $9 million.