Michael Bisping Eye Exam Inconclusive; Tim Kennedy Bout in a Holding Pattern

January 30, 2014

Michael Bisping Detached RetinaMichael Bisping’s fighting career is still on hold despite a recent eye exam in London that was supposed to determine whether or not his depth perception and peripheral vision were up to snuff for a return to the Octagon.

Results of the eye exam were deemed “inconclusive.”

Bisping was offered and accepted a fight with Tim Kennedy for The Ultimate Fighter: Nations Finale slated for April 16 in Quebec City. The bout was supposedly contingent upon him passing the eye exam last week, but now the prospects for the fight have grown cloudy.

Bisping suffered a detached retina in his right eye while preparing to face Mark Munoz in a bout planned for last October. It’s a reoccurring injury that he first suffered in his UFC 159 fight with Alan Belcher.

He then developed a cataract in the eye, so UFC officials are being a little extra cautious before allowing him back into the Octagon.

Bisping’s manager, Audie Attar, told UFC Tonight that the doctors in London weren’t able to secure the proper equipment, so the fighter must still have further testing done on his right eye. The testing has yet to be rescheduled.

The Bisping vs. Kennedy bout would headline the TUF Nations Finale if it gets the green light.

Bouts already announced for the TUF Nations Finale include Canadian coach Patrick Cote vs. Aussie coach Kyle Noke, Sam Stout vs. KJ Noons, and Mitch Gagnon vs. Tim Gorman.

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