When news first surfaced that Michael Bisping was dropping out of UFC Fight Night 30 due to an eye injury, there were concerns it might be serious, and now the fighter has been detailing just how scary it was. Bisping was set to fight Mark Munoz at the upcoming, October 26th event, until the injury forced him to withdraw, and Lyoto Machida was booked as his replacement.
While appearing on the latest edition of “The MMA Hour”, Bisping confirmed that he had a detached retina, which is an injury he battled earlier this year. This time around, however, the situation was much more serious. Here is some of what the middleweight contender had to say about his eye’s condition and what led to its discovery.
“…I had to go to L.A. to do some work with Jon Anik and Mark Munoz on Inside the Octagon. We were filming a thing obviously to promote the fight. So I drove out there, and progressively throughout the day the eye was getting worse and worse. I remember I did the interview with Jon Anik and Mark Munoz, and I could hardly see anything.”
“They said, ‘Yep, your retina is re-detached,'” Bisping said. “Obviously I couldn’t believe it. They said we need to operate ASAP. And I said, ‘Well I’m still fighting in four weeks, so you can’t operate. Simple as that.’ They said, ‘You can’t do that. You’ll go blind.’
Since having surgery to repair the eye, Bisping’s physicians have thankfully relayed that his recovery is going well.
“As long as [my eye] heals well and I don’t develop more scar tissue, it should be fine. I should be able to fight, but I’ve just got to take it easy. In hindsight, I was guilty of pushing it too far, too much too soon.”
That’s good news whether you’re a Bisping booster or not. Not only is he one of the UFC’s top 185’ers, but he’s one of the best fight promoters in the sport.
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