The 39-year former UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping details the situation leading up to his fight with former welterweight champ Georges St-Pierre at UFC 217.
Bisping eventually lost in the main event of the UFC 217 PPV event on November 4th at Madison Square Garden NY.
Bisping said, he almost pulled out of his scheduled fight with GSP due to a nasty rib injury one week prior to his fight:
“I actually tore the cartilage in my ribs the week before the fight,” said Bisping during a recent appearance on the True Geordie podcast. “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.”
As GSP return to Octagon after four years of hiatus and it was highly anticipated bout, which Bisping never wanted to miss so he fought through pain and suffering.
“I got to New York and I was having treatment on it everyday, it was an absolute nightmare,” Bisping said. “So people said to me ‘you looked a little stiff in there, Michael’. Yeah, I was stiff for a very good reason. I tore the cartilage in my ribs but it was a big fight, a lot of money on the line, and as a fighter you still think you can do it.
“It wasn’t my best performance, it didn’t go my way, but not taking anything away from Georges. God bless him, good for him, he got the job done.”
After the UFC 217 loss, Michael Bisping managed a quick turnaround and fought Kelvin Gastelum just three weeks later in China and ended up losing the bout via knock out in under three minutes. Since then his retirement rumors running rampant that he may or may not fight.