Michael Bisping likely gave UFC officials a bit of a scare when reports of a nerve issue he is battling became public.
Bisping, during a recent interview with ESPN, stated that he has a trapped nerve in his arm and that it is causing an atrophy. An atrophy happens when the muscle stops working because nerve signals are not getting to it.
“The way they’ve described it is that if you stand on a hosepipe, a lot of water doesn’t get through,” Bisping said. “The nerves along my right arm aren’t getting through. You could squeeze my peck, really get your nails into it, and I wouldn’t feel a thing.”
Bisping, though, who will face Alan Belcher in the co-main event of UFC 159 later this year, took to Twitter to calm all the “nerves” of people regarding his potential exit from the fight.
“Just to clarify, I am not having surgery, my fight with Belcher IS NOT in peril. I’m having a minor procedure, maybe to fix an ok problem.”
This appears to be a serious issue for Bisping, as he said he cannot make a fist and would likely need six months off to recover. Maybe, having been on such a continuous quest to earn a UFC middleweight title shot, “The Count” could use a few months off.
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