Michael Bisping reveals knee injury will delay return but still wants GSP next

By Newsroom on May 19, 2017
  • UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping is holding out hope that he’ll still face Georges St-Pierre in his next fight, but even if that matchup is taken away from him it appears he won’t be returning to the Octagon any time soon.

    Bisping responded to UFC president Dana White’s recent comments where he said he was cancelling the matchup with St-Pierre after the former welterweight champion revealed that he wouldn’t be ready to fight until after November.

    In St-Pierre’s place, White stated that No. 1 ranked middleweight contender Yoel Romero would get the next shot at Bisping with the date happening much earlier in the year.

    Now according to Bisping, the delay to the fight with St-Pierre worked out better for him anyways because he’s dealing with a lingering knee injury that would prevent him from competing in the near future regardless of the opponent.

    “I will say this and I’ve said it before, it’s a blessing in disguise cause I can’t fight any time soon,” Bisping said on his “Believe You Me” podcast. “I can’t exercise at all at the moment. I can’t train. My knee is giving me many, many problems. It was doing it in Thailand, it’s still getting no better. I haven’t trained since I’ve been in London cause I’ve been busy most days. I’ve flirted with some weights in the hotel gym, which is not very good shall we say. I haven’t trained and it just isn’t getting better. The back of my knee is incredibly tight. I can’t actually straighten my left leg. I think that’s because all the tendons and ligaments and muscles are super tight and that’s why I can’t straighten it. My surgeon said we had to work on stretching that but it just kind of got extenuated if you will and it’s super tight. I can’t even walk for like five minutes so I need to get back and start getting some treatment on that.

    “So long story short what I’m getting at is that I’m not going to be ready to fight any time soon anyways. So that’s another reason why this played out into the perfect scenario for me.”

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