Yesterday, UFC middleweight star Michael Bisping spoke out on ‘The MMA Hour’ show about the re-detached retina injury that forced him out of his headline bout with Mark Munoz at UFC Fight Night 30 in the UK on October 26th.
Doctor’s first discovered that Bisping had suffered a detached retina back in May, but the reality was that he had been suffering from the symptoms of it for several months before that, as far as back as his fight with Vitor Belfort in January.
Bisping had initially opted not to report his vision problem as he was afraid it could prove to be career-threatening, but had eventually been forced to after his vision in the eye became so bad that he couldn’t even see his own hand in front of his face.
After undergoing eye surgery Bisping rested up and then got the all-clear to start training for his latest fight with Munoz and everything seemed to be back to normal.
However, last Tuesday he started to get the first sign that something wasn’t right during a training session, and then things rapidly became worse to the point that later, during a segment on the ‘Inside The Octagon’ show, Bisping was back to barely being able to see out of the eye.
Doctors were quickly able to confirm that his retina had become re-detached and required immediate surgery, which would force him to pull out of his upcoming fight.
Being exceptionally stubborn, Bisping convinced the doctor’s to delay the full surgery until after his fight, instead offering him a temporary fix in the mean time.
However, during this procedure his doctor’s discovered a further complication, with scar tissue having formed around the retina which they were forced to remove along with a portion of his retina.
As a result there was no chance of him competing at the Fight Night show, and now even his career could be at risk due to the serious nature of the injury.
Doctor’s have been encouraged by his progess in the days since the surgery, but he now has to take a lengthy break from training, let alone fighting to give his eye time to recover. Essentially he was to play the waiting game to find out whether his eye will fully heal and allow him to continue his career in the Octagon.
It’s certainly a very concerning situation, but perhaps Bisping can take hope from the fact that his last opponent Alan Belcher also went through a very similar set of circumstances in 2010, but after a long and difficult recovery was eventually able to start competing again.