The line of UFC middleweights calling for a shot at divisional star Michael Bisping will have to wait a bit longer before the brash Brit agrees to action against any of them, as “The Count” recently underwent eye surgery to repair a detached retina and will be shelved for a few months as a result. According to a report on UFC Tonight, Bisping realized something was wrong shortly after his UFC 159 fight with Alan Belcher and came to grips with how serious the condition was after losing peripheral vision in the affected eye.
Bisping had the issue corrected last week, also addressing an issue involving some nerve damage, and is now the process of recovery. He is expected to be ready to return by October, but already appears to be in high spirits based on a recent Tweet where he wrote, “Thanks everyone for the well wishes. (Operation) went well, will make a FULL recovery and be ready to fight soon, hopefully in Manchester next!!”
Though it’s hard to know who will be available when the 24-5 Bisping is cleared for competition, Cung Le has been mentioned as the leading option. Le is also recovering from a few health-related woes and the interest in an outing against one another is mutual based on past statements from both fighters.
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