Back in 2013 Michael Bisping was on the wrong end of a brutal head kick from Vitor Belfort. Bisping suffered a detached retina as a result of the knockout, and has since stated that he won’t fight another person who has a past of failing drug tests.
Earlier this week Bisping stated that he no longer wants to fight Anderson Silva because of his failed drug test.
Bisping backtracked on his statements while on the 3 Amigos podcast, and also revealed Vitor Belfort left him permanently disfigured.
“We all know the dangers of this sport. I mean, we’re trying to knock each other out. I’ve been left permanently disfigured, if you will, from my fight with Vitor Belfort. Vitor Belfort head kicked me and that’s what caused my detached retina. Since then, I’ve had five surgeries, and my eye is never going to look the same again. That was one of the reasons why I said I was never fighting anybody else with a steroid history.
But, with all the backlash on Twitter, this and that, people saying, ‘Oh he’s scared,’ I told Ariel, ‘Well, fuck it. If the UFC want to make the fight, I’ll do the fight. I’m not scared.’ I really don’t have anything to prove to these people, but it just kind of pissed me off. If the UFC wants to make this fight, I’m all for it. Let’s do it.”