Bisping suffers eye injury, out vs. Munoz. Machida in

Friday, September 27, 2013

ESPN’s Brett Okamoto broke the unfortunate news – Michael Bisping, 34, suffered an eye injury, and has been forced to withdraw from a main-event bout against Mark Munoz on Oct. 26 in Manchester, England.

Bisping underwent eye surgery for a detached retina earlier this year following an inadvertent eye poke during his fight with Alan Belcher at UFC 159 on April 27. He underwent corrective surgery in June.

“We’re going to get him the best treatment possible,” said UFC president Dana White. “Hopefully he’ll be able to get through this thing.”

The new injury is to the same eye.

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

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 glumly to the news.

Tim Kennedy ‏@TimKennedyMMA
•I want @lyotomachidafw to know that he broke my heart…. 🙁
•Mr. @RichFranklin I’m not sure if you have plans Nov 6th? I just got stood up on for a date, and now need someone else to step in… 😉

No replacement for Kennedy has been named yet.