Michael Bisping hasn’t competed inside the octagon since he defeated Alan Belcher at UFC 159 in April. Bisping was scheduled to headline UFC Fight Night 30 last month against Mark Munoz, but had to bow out of the fight due to a detached retina. “The Count” gave an update tonight on “UFC Tonight” regarding his status and it was good news.
“If people don’t know, I had a detached retina,” Bisping stated. “I was at the doctor’s this morning and they’ve given me the green light to start properly training again. I’ve been running and lifting weights for a while. Now I can get back in the MMA gyms to work on a few things. He actually said, ‘call the UFC and book a fight. You’re definitely going to be able to fight around March or April of next year.”
Bisping has been having a war of words as of late with UFC middleweight Tim Kennedy and stated that Kennedy wouldn’t be his first choice, but would never turn down an opponent.
“I wouldn’t say there’s been back and forth with Tim Kennedy,” Bisping said. “I’d say there’s been Tim Kennedy chomping at the bit, trying to make a name for himself. he came over from Strikeforce, he’s had a couple wins over people I’ve never heard of, and he’s trying to get some notoriety. Of course, people like to call me out, I’m no stranger to that. Good for him.
“I’ve never turned down an opponent once, I’m not going to start with Tim Kennedy,” Bisping continued. “If that’s who the UFC wants, I’ll be happy to fight him. Myself personally, I would like someone ranked a little higher up the ladder, someone in the top five maybe. But it’s down to the UFC.”