Michael Bisping has confirmed he DID receive an offer to fight Jake Paul, but has no intention of coming out of retirement to fight the YouTube star.
Paul is one of the most divisive characters in combat sport at this moment in time after his antagonistic antics.
His three boxing bouts thus far have all ended in knockouts, albeit against complete novices, yet he is still garnering support and vitriol in equal measure.
As well as irking Floyd Mayweather at his brother’s press conference, ‘The Problem Child’ has clashed with several MMA superstars, such as Daniel Cormier and Dillon Danis.
However, a fight against former UFC middleweight champion Bisping was almost on the cards it seems, with the Brit confirming to talkSPORT there was a legitimate offer.
“Jake Paul’s team did make me an offer which I didn’t suitably entertain,” he said on Fight Night.
“I’m not interested in coming out of retirement; obviously I’ve got so many injuries.
“But I did have a bit of a laugh with it.”
‘The Count’ is a pioneer of British MMA and remains the only UFC champion from these shores, earning his spot in the Hall of Fame the hard way.
Although a fight against the YouTube star offers very little to the veteran, Bisping refused to admonish anyone who turned their nose up at a fight.
In fact, he respects fighters who come out of retirement as he sympathises with the struggle of letting go of a career you have worked your entire life for.
He added: “I’m all for fighters, you know, being able to make money after they are done. Because it is such a tough road, it is.
“I’ve been very lucky, I’m not trying to brag, I’m just saying I have been lucky.
“I commentate for the UFC, I do my podcast and I’ve got things going on. But that isn’t the norm.
“Most fighters, when they retire, they step away and it is hard reality. They’re no longer the centre of attention, they don’t walk out to 20,000 people, people aren’t asking for autographs and the money dries up pretty quickly.
“They are kind of on the scrap heap and what happens is some people turn to alcohol, some people turn to drugs, you know they get very depressed.
“So I will never sit here and judge a fighter that decides to come out of retirement to get another pay day, because they need it.”