It’s been a scary few weeks for Michael Bisping, his family and countless supporters, as not only did the UFC middleweight require surgery to repair a detached retina, but last week he had further complications. Of course, any serious eye injury can spell disaster for an athlete’s career.
The good news is that after a few unsettling days, Bisping was informed by his doctors that his eye is recovering well, and that “The Count” will be able to throw down again in the Octagon. In a recent follow up report with FOX Sports.com, the 34 year-old vet talked in length about his recent injury troubles and the news he’ll fight again. Here is some of what Bisping had to say.
“I had another surgery to reattach the retina again and then last week I had further complications, there’s a drain in your eye where fluid drains out and that got blocked up and the fluid in my eye got really, really high, caused me a lot of pain. I had to go to the doctors to have that taken care of. Since then, I’ve not been able to do anything really. The doctors have said I can’t train, I can’t run, I can’t exercise or anything in any way whatsoever. I’ve been blind in my eye ever since then. The whole whether or not I’m fighting again was up in the air.”
“I’ve just been in the doctors now and they said to me everything’s looking fantastic. They’ve cleared me to exercise again, which is great because I was going out of my mind. They said 100-percent I will definitely fight again, and I should start to see some very, very rapid improvement in my vision pretty soon,” Bisping said. “I’ve been cleared to fight and I’ve been cleared to exercise again. So today is a good day. I’m a happy man.”
While the brash fighter has his share of detractors, not only is Bisping one of the UFC’s top fighters and draws, things are always entertaining when he’s in the picture. The middleweight added that he hopes to fight in February or March of 2014. That’s great news.
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