Michael Bisping was the talk of the MMA community back in the fall, defending the UFC Middleweight Title against Georges St. Pierre in GSP’s first bout since 2013 and then taking a very short-notice fight with Kelvin Gastelum weeks later.
But maybe Bisping shouldn’t have been fighting either bout at all.
As reported by MMA Weekly, during a recent podcast appearance, Bisping claimed that he suffered an injury during a sparring session one week prior to the GSP fight. A takedown from a training partner, he said, resulted in torn cartilage in the ribs.
“It was the final training session, we shouldn’t have done this sparring session, this sounds like an excuse. I didn’t talk about it at the time because it sounds like you’re making excuses but the reality was on the Friday before we flew to New York, Dean [Ammasinger] was out there, he was helping me a little bit and he shot in for a double leg takedown like his life depended on it. Ran me across the Octagon, I went down and he landed on top of my ribs.
“Generally that would be fine, but as soon as I went down, I felt something rip so I couldn’t move, I couldn’t rotate, I couldn’t do anything.”
Original Story: MMA Weekly