Yesterday, UFC middleweight Michael Bisping got his test results back from a lingering eye injury.
They were inconclusive.
Bisping hurt his at UFC 159 during a bout with Alan Belcher that, ironically, ended with an eye-poke sustained by Belcher. This injury forced Bisping to pull out of a scheduled October bout with Mark Munoz.
Instead, Lyoto Machida debuted at middleweight and scored a ﬁrst round knockout, taking Bisping’s place and jumping ahead of him in the rankings.
Returning for Bisping will mean a paycheck almost immediately as well. He has a line of contenders that pop up after every high-proﬁle middleweight bout whose winner isn’t guaranteed a title shot.
The latest is Luke Rockhold who kicked Costas Philippou in the stomach and put him away in the ﬁrst round. Initially he called out Vitor Belfort who defeated him in his UFC debut back in May of 2013. He then went after Bisping. Not a bad ﬁght for Bisping.
His true opponent will be Tim Kennedy. They have been exchanging jabs on Twitter for months with a bout targeted for an April 16 event in Quebec to cap off the TUF Nations season.
As for the eye injury, Bisping tweeted out some positive news that may signal a return to hard training and eventually, a training camp.
Got some good news today!!!!!!…… Can you guess what it is?. Let’s just say I’m gonna step my training up – @bisping.
Hopefully this acts as a sign for Bisping to return to a middleweight division that is becoming increasingly crowded. A win over Kennedy could mean that long-awaited fight with Anderson Silva he has wanted for years, unfortunately it wouldn’t be for a title.