UFC Middleweight Michael Bisping had stayed busy this year up til now. He started off at UFC On FX 7 in a possible contender's fight against Vitor Belfort. Unfortunately for "The Count", he came up short and gave up a second round KO to a Belfort headkick. Despite the knockout, Bisping was only out for a couple months before returning to face at UFC 159. After outpointing Belcher for almost 15 minutes, The Count landed an eyepoke that stopped the fight with only 30 seconds left on the clock. The foul was ruled incidental and Bisping took the technical decision.
Now, 6 weeks later, Ariel Helwani reports that Belcher wasn't the only one to suffer eye damage in the fight. He told UFC Tonight:
After the fight against Alan Belcher, Michael Bisping completely lost all peripheral vision in his right eye. He went to see an eye on doctor on Tuesday and he found out that he had a detached retina. On Thursday, he had surgery to fix the detached retina. He's hoping to return to the UFC in October.
Bisping has had no shortage of 185ers calling him out since his last fight. But, there's one that stands out who he'd like to face when he returns this fall:
Luke Rockhold, Costa Philippou, and Cung Le have all called Bisping out. Michael told me the guy who interests him most is Cung Le. He's not interested in fighting Luke Rockhold and told him to go out and win at least one fight in the UFC before he talks to him.
Le scored his second UFC victory with a big upset KO of Rich Franklin last fall at UFC Macao. Rockhold probably makes more sense, considering the rankings, but Le's not far off from that and probably an easier fight for Bisping. Regardless, Bisping still needs to recover from his surgery before he's booked to appear in the Octagon again.