Michael Bisping Wanted to Fight Despite Eye Injury; Dana White Pulled the Plug

October 8, 2013
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Michael Bisping Detached RetinaMichael 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.”

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  • Brazil for ever

    Please come Back soon bispa i like to see u get knock out.and please stuff yourself on that garage food , fish and chips

    • The Greatest Guest

      ‘Garage food’…HAHAHA

      Nice trash talking (Pun Intended).

  • Vic Bedrossian

    I think Dana White made a good call here. Just wikipedia the injury and read about how serious it is. Bisping may want to fight in his home town, but in a few years he would have regretted the decision to fight when he is blind in one eye.

  • Hugh Shakeshaft

    Sorry to hear that. Bisping’s always fought hard and been a great part of the Middleweight Div. Get well soon Bisping!