Michael “The Count” Bisping does a weekly column for UFC.com “The ‘Count’down with Michael Bisping. The article normally offers a glimpse into the fighters eyes with a little humor and a little controversey. This week was mostly humor as Bisping talked about preparing for a photo shoot with Men’s Health:
“Menâ€™s Health magazine approached me about doing a photo shoot and obviously I was happy to invite them along to the Wolfâ€™s Lair where I train.
Knowing they were coming to take photos in a few days, I decided it might be an idea to get a little bit of a tan so went down to my local tanning salon. I figured that one nine minute session on the sunbed would get the job done so in I went, I came out, and went home for the night.
I felt fine as I hit the sack for a nightâ€™s kipâ€¦
But I woke up the next morning with skin like a crispy duck. I couldnâ€™t believe how red and how painful my skin was. Honestly, it was absolute agony.
I went training as normal and grappling was absolutely horrible. Every time I grappled, it just killed me. I even had someone come to the gym especially to grapple with me but, after 20 minutes of suffering in silence, I had to say â€œenoughâ€™s enoughâ€? and tell my training partners that I couldnâ€™t grapple anymore.
Naturally, they wanted to know what was up and so I told them. And all of the lads in the gym thought all this was absolutely hilarious, of course, and instead of grappling I worked on some other things like my stand-up.
I couldnâ€™t believe one session on the sunbed had done all this but a couple of days later I was in the post office back home and I saw a mate of mine – he also looked a little sunburned. I asked him about it and it turns out someoneâ€™s put the wrong strength bulbs in the tanning machines at the salon!
And you thought youâ€™d heard every possible fighter excuse for getting out of a grappling sessionâ€¦”
He also threw in this interesting tidbit as well:
“…with the UFC planning more big shows in the UK this year, hopefully theritish fans will get to see him (Forrest Griffin) sooner rather than later.”