Perennial UFC contender Michael Bisping suffered a huge setback this week when it was found that he would be forced to miss is pivotal October 26 bout against Mark Munoz in the main event of UFC Fight Night 30 from England.
It was previously known that Bisping had suffered an eye injury, but news is that he unfortunately has a detached retina that could sideline him up to six months. Lyoto Machida quickly took his place against Munoz in what is to be his first Middleweight bout.
Bisping is always huge draw in his home country, so the blow dealt by the injury is doubled. ‘The Count’ spoke with Gareth Davies of The Telegraph to express his sentiments of the untimely news:
“I am devastated for everyone who bought tickets to see me fight Munoz. 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 had previously begun to hype up his bout against Munoz, who recently returned to the winners’ column with a dominant decision over Tim Boetsch at UFC 162 this July. Bisping has had kind of a rough year thus far, getting knocked out by a spectacular headkick from Vitor Belfort before notching a rarely seen technical decision over Alan Belcher at UFC 159.
The Cyprian Bisping can still give most of the UFC Middleweights a tough challenge, so here’s to hoping that he makes it back to the Octagon healthy soon. It’s a rough announcement for U.K.-based UFC fans, but they can be rest assured that Bisping will make his return to England for a fight in the near future. Who should he face upon his return?