By Jamie McAllister
Michael Bisping in an interview with HD Net’s “Inside MMA”.
Bisping comments on the injury that forced him to withdraw from the fight with Tim Boetsch and he predicts a quick recovery after his surgery.
“Yeah, left knee. Slightly torn meniscus. I had some loose bodies — two rather large pieces of cartilage floating around inside. I had what they call, ‘fraying of the knee’ inside. It’s general wear and tear. So they went in, repaired the meniscus, removed the loose bodies and cleaned up the knee, somewhat. That was last Wednesday. I’m still in a lot of pain, limping around a lot. But I’m hoping, within a few weeks, I’ll be back in the gym, so I can fight ASAP.”
Bisping comments on his injury and states it occured during a wrestling practice.
“Every time I’ve injured myself, it’s always been through wrestling. Don’t get me wrong, when you spar and when you’re kickboxing, you might hurt your hand every now and again. You might hurt your shin or whatever, but that heals up in a few days. Any time I’ve injured myself, significantly, it’s always been through wrestling. I tore my posterior cruciate ligament in 2006, wrestling with Georges St. Pierre — five days before the final of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF). Since then, I’ve always had a bit of a ‘dicky’ left knee, so to speak. To use an English term.”
“I was just wrestling and I felt a bit of a tweak. The next day it was sore. I was using that as an excuse to my girlfriend to make her move around the house and get me drinks, get me this and that — ‘Babe, I got a bad knee.’ But I really did have a bad knee. I was laying in bed one night, and it was clunking. I said, ‘listen to that,’ and you could hear the clunking. The next morning, when I woke up, I couldn’t move my leg and there was a bit of an injury.”
Bisping went out running after injuring his knee to test the injury and says his knee gave out three times and he knew something was seriously wrong.
“The two loose bodies that they found in there, sometimes they would be fine. But they’d move to a certain area, when I’d try and bend the knee, it would maybe catch under a tendon or something like that. So sometimes it would be completely fine, and other times, my leg would just give way. I went running that morning, and by the time I got to the end of the street, I’d collapsed three times. That’s when I knew, something is severely wrong here.”
He also comments on when he would like to return as well as giving his prediction for the Anderson Silva vs. Chael Sonnen rematch.
“I wanna fight ASAP. Obviously, it depends on the knee and how well it goes. But I’m gonna do everything in my power to ensure that I can train, ASAP, as I said. I’d love to fight on the first of September card. That may be too quick. I know Hector Lombard’s now fighting Tim Boetsch. He’s gonna replace me there. So they’re busy. Chael Sonnen’s fighting Anderson Silva. I think Chael wins that fight. At least I think. The first fight is gonna give him a lot of confidence. The way he fought, handily for four and a half rounds. I think he’s gonna go in there with a lot of confidence and do the same thing, but not get submitted in the last round. After that, Chael’s gonna need someone to challenge him, and I mean, who is there? Vitor Belfort’s injured. I mean, who are the challengers? I was fighting Chael for the number one contender. Just because I narrowly lost that fight doesn’t mean I go to the back of the pile. So I’m hoping to fight for the title. Hopefully, I’ll get the knee correct, and then they’re gonna need a challenger. I’m here, ready and waiting.”
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