UFC middleweight Michael Bisping is facing a layoff for surgery due to spinal stenosis after his UFC 159 victory. “The Count” was diagnosed with the condition prior to his bout with Alan Belcher but chose to forgo the procedure to keep the bout from being cancelled. Bisping talked about the condition on the UFC 159 FUEL TV wrap-up show.
“I have stenosis, which is a trapped nerve that causes atrophy and numbness in my right arm. It’s progressively getting worse and worse. I saw a surgeon about six weeks before this fight and they told me I needed surgery. There was no way I was going to pull out of this fight.”
The Mayo Clinic officially defines spinal stenosis as ” a narrowing of the open spaces within your spine, which can put pressure on your spinal cord and the nerves that travel through the spine.” Surgery for the condition can be effective but, as with any surgery, there are risks.
Bisping also took a second to apologize to Belcher for his accidental foul on the FUEL TV post-fight show, stating:
“It was a shame I caught him with my thumb there at the end. I apologize for that – it was a complete accident. Alan’s one hell of a performer and a good opponent. I have nothing but respect for Alan and I’m sure he’ll continue to have a great career.”
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