Michael Bisping was recently yanked from the UFC Fight Night 30 headlining bout opposite Mark Munoz due to a recurrence of the detached retina he suffered in his last fight.
Dropping out of that fight was possibly more emotionally painful for Bisping than it was physically. UFC Fight Night 30 is slated for Oct. 26 in Manchester, England, and he was looking forward to headlining on his home turf.
Bisping wanted to fight so badly that he was willing to risk fighting despite the eye injury. It was UFC president Dana White that forced Bisping out of the bout.
“I heard that he was having these problems with his eye,” White explained during a Monday media call. “And I care about Michael Bisping… a lot. I called him up, and I could just tell by the conversation that he was trying to fast-talk me.
“I felt like I was talking to a used car salesman, basically telling me that he could fight, that his doctor said he could fight. And I was like, stop, stop; my doctor is going to talk to your doctor and I’m pretty sure you’re not gonna fight.”
A detached retina is a serious eye injury, and let’s face it, the eyes are a prime target in any sport where punching is involved.
Bisping may have wanted to fight, but at what cost?
After consulting with the doctors, the price… the risk… was too high for White to allow.
“It’s not worth it,” he declared.
“(Bisping) was flipping out that he wanted this fight so bad. He wanted to fight in Manchester, but no way.”