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Michael Bisping on Track for Spring Return, Wants Fight with Machida or Jacare

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Michael Bisping was recently put out of commission by a detached retina, temporarily sidelining the #4 ranked middleweight. Luckily, his recovery is progressing smoothly, and with any luck, he’ll be back by next spring.

“I was at the doctors this morning, they’ve given me the green light to start proper training again,” Bisping said on UFC Tonight. “I’ve been running and lifting weights for awhile. Now I can get back in the gym and start working on a few things.”

“I can definitely fight around March or April next year,” he added.

Despite his recent online spat with Tim Kennedy, Bisping is hoping for someone more highly ranked for his comeback fight.

“I wouldn’t say there’s been back and forth with Tim Kennedy,” Bisping said. “I’d say there’s been Tim Kennedy chomping at the bit, trying to make a name for himself. he came over from Strikeforce, he’s had a couple wins over people I’ve never heard of, and he’s trying to get some notoriety. Of course, people like to call me out, I’m no stranger to that. Good for him.

“I’ve never turned down an opponent once, I’m not going to start with Tim Kennedy. If that’s who the UFC wants, I’ll be happy to fight him. Myself personally, I would like someone ranked a little higher up the ladder, someone in the top five maybe. But it’s down to the UFC.”

Bisping added that a fight with Lyoto Machida, who recently joined the weight class, or #3 ranked Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza would interest him.