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Bisping ‘Feeling the burn in training’

Michael “The Count” Bisping does a weekly column for “The ‘Count’down with Michael Bisping. The article normally offers a glimpse into the fighters eyes with a little humor and a little controversey. This week was mostly humor as Bisping talked about preparing for a photo shoot with Men’s Health:

“Men’s Health magazine approached me about doing a photo shoot and obviously I was happy to invite them along to the Wolf’s Lair where I train.

Knowing they were coming to take photos in a few days, I decided it might be an idea to get a little bit of a tan so went down to my local tanning salon. I figured that one nine minute session on the sunbed would get the job done so in I went, I came out, and went home for the night.

I felt fine as I hit the sack for a night’s kip…

But I woke up the next morning with skin like a crispy duck. I couldn’t believe how red and how painful my skin was. Honestly, it was absolute agony.

I went training as normal and grappling was absolutely horrible. Every time I grappled, it just killed me. I even had someone come to the gym especially to grapple with me but, after 20 minutes of suffering in silence, I had to say “enough’s enough� and tell my training partners that I couldn’t grapple anymore.

Naturally, they wanted to know what was up and so I told them. And all of the lads in the gym thought all this was absolutely hilarious, of course, and instead of grappling I worked on some other things like my stand-up.

I couldn’t believe one session on the sunbed had done all this but a couple of days later I was in the post office back home and I saw a mate of mine – he also looked a little sunburned. I asked him about it and it turns out someone’s put the wrong strength bulbs in the tanning machines at the salon!

And you thought you’d heard every possible fighter excuse for getting out of a grappling session…”

He also threw in this interesting tidbit as well:

“…with the UFC planning more big shows in the UK this year, hopefully theritish fans will get to see him (Forrest Griffin) sooner rather than later.”

Forrest Griffin was knocked out of his UFC 70 fight due to a staph infection and he may be headed for the UK after all potentially fighting in Britain later this year.

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