Michael Bisping just can’t seem to shake his recurring eye injury. The most recent instance with it has forced him out of his scheduled bout against Mark Munoz in the main event of UFC Fight Night 30.
On a recent episode of The MMA Hour, Bisping revealed that he waited too long to get it treated:
“I was fearing the worst. I was fearing that they would say a detached retina, and possibly a career ending injury. So the stubborn old fool inside of me said, ‘I’ll do it later, I’ll do it later.’ When the injury regressed to where I literally couldn’t see my hand in front of my face, that’s when I thought, okay, that is enough.”
Bisping later realized the condition was getting worse.
“It was last Tuesday,” he explained. “Everything was fine, and then I walked into the cage to do some wrestling drills. When I walked in, the light kind of went a little strange. That’s when I first noticed something. After that, 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.”
He went to the Retina Institute of California for a diagnosis, and they confirmed it was indeed a detached retina.
“They said, ‘Yep, your retina is re-detached. Obviously, I couldn’t believe it,” Bisping stated. “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’m devastated. I trained so hard for this fight. And not only that, it’s hard for the people of Manchester and the people of the U.K. to part ways with their hard-earned money to buy a ticket, so I apologize to all the fans and everybody who bought a ticket.”
Lyoto Machida has stepped in to take his place at UFC Fight Night 30. No exact timetable for Bisping’s return as been set.