Michael Bisping Cleared to Train, Planning Spring Return
By FCF Staff
Although Michael Bisping has spent the remainder of 2013 sidelined with an eye injury, the middleweight contender has been cleared to resume training and plans to fight again in Spring, 2014.
The 34 year-old fighter, who was forced to withdraw from UFC Fight Night 30 in October due to a detached retina, announced the news on the latest edition of “UFC Tonight.” Bisping had been scheduled to fight Mark Munoz at the event, who was eventually knocked out by replacement Lyoto Machida.
Bisping hasn’t fought since April, when he worked his way to a majority decision win over Alan Belcher. The victory followed Bisping’s second round, stoppage loss to Vitor Belfort in January. The British veteran hopes to compete again in March or April.
Bisping was recently called out by Tim Kennedy, after the latter knocked out Rafael Natal at UFC Fight Night 31 earlier this month. Bisping reportedly relayed on the show that he’s willing to fight Kennedy, but that he’d prefer to face a top five middleweight next. Bisping is currently ranked #4 and Kennedy sits at #10.