UFC middleweight Michael Bisping was originally scheduled to face off against Mark Munoz at UFC Fight Night 30, but was forced to withdraw from that bout due to a detached retina in his right eye. The injury was potentially career-ending. Fortunately for Bisping, he recognized the injury early on and went to the doctors before it worsened. He was told that in order to save his career, he had to go under the knife. The Brit was left with no choice and followed the Doctor’s orders.
A recent report by MMA Junkie has indicated that the Brit’s surgery was successful and he has been medically cleared to resume training.
“I’ve been cleared to fight,” Bisping said to MMAjunkie Radio. “Things are going great. The eye is doing great. I mean obviously it’s not 100 percent just yet, but I saw the doctor last week, and he said to call Dana White and the UFC to talk to them about booking a fight.”
Even though his eye was saved, the thirty-four year old admitted that it sustained some permanent damage that will never fully heal.
“My eye is never going to be quite as it was,” Bisping said. “But that’s just something I’ve got to deal with.”
It’s still too early to tell how severe the damage will be, nonetheless, he’s keeping a positive outlook.
Bisping has fought under the UFC banner since winning the third season of The Ultimate Fighter in 2006. His overall UFC record is 14-5. Despite amassing double digit wins in the promotion, “The Count” has never fought for the title.
As of yet, the UFC has not made any official announcement on who Bisping’s next opponent will be.