Bisping apologizes to fans over eye injury


Michael "The Count" Bisping underwent eye surgery for a detached retina in June following an inadvertent eye poke during his fight with Alan Belcher at UFC 159 on April 27.

Last week he reinjured the eye and was forced to withdraw from a main-event bout against Mark Munoz on Oct. 26 in his hometoen of Manchester, England. Bisping will be replaced vs. Munoz by former UFC lightheavyweight champion Lyoto Machida, who is dropping down to middleweight. Machida had been scheduled to fight Tim Kennedy on Nov. 6, who responded by calling out the entire middleweight division.

Bisping's manager said that corrective surgery won't be necessary, but the Count expects to be sidelined for at least five to six months.

In an interview with Gareth A Davies, Bisping offered sincere apologies to the fans.

“I am devastated for everyone who bought tickets to see me fight Munoz," said Bisping. "I am so sorry for the fans, I really am. I am disappointed for myself too, but my first thoughts are with the fans who have made sacrifices to come and see me in Manchester."

"I can only apologise to them, and to the UFC. I have been training so hard for this fight, that I just cannot believe I will not step into the Octagon in Manchester. But I promise my fans I will be back real soon."

“It will still be a great night for the UFC fight fans as Lyoto Machida will take my place. So go to the Phones4U Arena and still have a great time.”

Bisping is hoping he will be able to come over the Manchester as a guest fighter and says he is "looking forward to meeting the fans and shaking their hands" and "supporting other British fighters in the card."

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GoldMedaLInTapping(R) site profile image  

10/1/13 2:09 AM by GoldMedaLInTapping(R)

Well said

Pompei site profile image  

10/1/13 2:05 AM by Pompei

Hope he recovers and comes back better than ever.

stephen1547 site profile image  

10/1/13 2:02 AM by stephen1547

I disike Bisping as much as the next guy, but eye injuries are no joke.  I hope he fully recovers and it doesn't affect his future fights.

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10/1/13 2:00 AM by UGCTT_buchu8oolong

Yea. I rip on him in good fun from time to time, but I feel for him here. Rough.

duckhuntgangsta site profile image  

10/1/13 1:44 AM by duckhuntgangsta

Bisbing is great. I'm a fan. I hope we get to see him fight again. I hate eye injuries.

BshMstr site profile image  

9/30/13 10:10 PM by BshMstr

yeah, i think he happens to be one of the fighters who realizes how important his fan base is....i give the guy a lot of crap on the message boards, but i do like to see him fight...

Devlin site profile image  

9/30/13 12:57 PM by Devlin

Hope he recovers quickly.

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9/30/13 12:54 PM by MMA Lives Here

I'm a fan

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9/30/13 12:31 PM by Bawls

Jacobear Jr.

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9/30/13 12:28 PM by BrowneReemJob

Good guy Bisping