For Michael Bisping, the opportunity to compete in his home country of England was one he was embracing.
Bisping, fresh off a win over Alan Belcher, was set to face Mark Munoz later this month. Instead, he was forced to pull out after suffering a second detached retina.
“I’m devastated,” said Bisping, during an appearance on The MMA Hour.
Bisping first suffered the injury prior to facing Vitor Belfort this past January. He went on to fight Belcher before having surgery to repair the issue.
However, after everything seemed to be coming along nicely, Bisping started experiencing issues once again with his vision. That led to a call to the Retina Institute of California and the news.
“They said, ‘Yep, your retina is re-detached,” he said. “Obviously, I couldn’t believe it. They said we need to operate ASAP.”
Bisping tried to talk his way out of it, but the prospects of losing vision completely led him to give up the Munoz fight and go back on the sidelines.
Surgery has been evaded for now, as a scleral buckle is being used to repair the issue instead for the time being.