Bisping can’t make solid fist, may face surgery

Thursday, February 21, 2013

UFC Middleweight contender Michael Bisping fights Alan Belcher on April 6. But, after fighting four times in 13 months, Bisping has a nerve problem that is causing muscular atrophy in his right arm, and may require surgery.

He is scheduled to see a specialist on Thursday.

“I need to be more professional in terms of my own body,” Bisping told ESPN. “I don’t get injuries seen to – I’m very old school. There’s some issues I need to address.”

“My right arm, and this is the first time I’ve mentioned this, I have a trapped nerve in my neck and [possibly] need surgery on my neck. The way they’ve described it is that if you stand on a hosepipe, a lot of the water doesn’t get through. The nerves along my right arm aren’t getting through.

“All along here (gestures towards his side and pectoral area), you could squeeze my pec, really get your nails into it, and I wouldn’t feel a thing. My right arm is so much weaker than my left, it’s called atrophy, my muscle is wasting away because nerve signals aren’t getting through.

“I need that taken care of but I’ve been fighting so much that I haven’t had time for the treatment. I’m seeing a specialist on Tuesday, hopefully to get it sorted. I’m too old school for my own good.

“The thing is I’ve got another fight booked already. My hand, I can’t even make a fist because I keep going into fight after fight after fight. Really what I need is six months off – but I don’t want to take six months off. I like what I do, I like to be kept busy.”

“Some things need to change. I consistently overtrain. “Maybe I put on too much weight between fights. Right now I’m still 203lbs, I could make middleweight at the weekend. Normally I’d be 220 by now.

“They’re just some of the issues. Coaches, I’m my own head coach, my own nutritionist, I need somebody to kick my ass and discipline me.”

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