Often injuries that pull fighters from bouts aren’t career threatening, but every now and then news of a very serious injury comes to light and prompts widespread concern. Such was the case with Michael Bisping, who had to withdraw from his UFC FN 30 bout with Mark Munoz on October 26th, due to a severe eye injury. Although Bisping is one of the UFC’s more polarizing figures, there’s no question the sport is much more exciting and interesting when he’s competing.
Bisping recently appeared on “The MMA Hour“, and described the circumstances that led up to the discovery he had a detached retina, and the news the injury could threaten his career. Here is some of what the 34 year-old had to say:
“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.’ I said, ‘I’ve got to fight in four weeks. Thousands of people have bought tickets, they’re expecting me there.'”
“I thought, that’s it. Fight career over. This and that, I’m blind in my eye.”
“As long as [my eye] heals well and I don’t develop more scar tissue, it should be fine,” Bisping added, who was informed by doctors that his eye’s condition has improved. “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.”
Here’s hoping his recovery continues to go well and that we’ll see “The Count” throwing down in the Octagon soon.
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