The lingering right detached retina issue that forced UFC middleweight Michael Bisping (pictured) out of October’s scrap against Mark Munoz has been corrected.
On this week’s edition of “UFC Tonight,” Bisping revealed his optometrist has cleared him to resume his mixed martial arts career.
“I was at the doctor’s [Wednesday] morning. They’ve given me the green light to start proper training again,” Bisping revealed. “I’ve been running and lifting weights for a while. Now, I can get back in the MMA gym and start working on some 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.’”
If you’re looking to cut the line in the middleweight division, Bisping is by far the most popular fighter to request. The latest to take aim at the Brit is Tim Kennedy. However, Bisping claims the former Green Beret needs to collect some more credible wins before they collide.
“I wouldn’t say there’s back-and-forth with Tim Kennedy, it’s Tim Kennedy chomping at the bit trying to make a name for himself,” Bisping said of Kennedy’s recent Twitter call outs. “He’s had a couple of wins over people from Strikeforce I’ve never heard of and he’s trying to get some notoriety.
“I’ve never turned down an opponent once. I’m certainly not going to start with Tim Kennedy. If that’s who the UFC want me to fight, I’ll happily fight him. Myself, personally, I’d like someone a little higher up the ladder – someone in the top 5, maybe.”
Who does Bisping have in mind? He would more than welcome a tango with Brazilians Lyoto Machida or Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza. However, while unrealistic at this stage, champion Chris Weidman is at the top of his hit list.
Bisping has alternated between wins and losses over his past five scraps. The Brit’s two defeats during his current run came against Chael Sonnen and Vitor Belfort.
“The Count” was last seen beating bitter rival Alan Belcher in April.