UFC middleweight Michael Bisping may be one of the organization’s most recognizable stars but he’s far from a prima donna. Rather, the 33-year old Brit is cut from the same cloth as the generation of fighters who laid down the groundwork for him to succeed inside the Octagon. Bisping is open to all challenges and doesn’t care if he has a day, a week, a month, or a year to prepare for his opponents.
However, Bisping’s approach has taken its toll on him, and he recently told ESPN he needs to change things up after recently coming to recognize he has nerve damage in his neck even if it means cancelling he scheduled scrap with Alan Belcher at UFC 159.
“My right arm, and this is the first time I’ve mentioned this, I have a trapped nerve in my neck and [possibly] need surgery on my neck. The way they’ve described it is that if you stand on a hosepipe, a lot of the water doesn’t get through. The nerves along my right arm aren’t getting through.”
“All along here (gestures towards his side and pectoral area), you could squeeze my pec, really get your nails into it, and I wouldn’t feel a thing. My right arm is so much weaker than my left, it’s called atrophy, my muscle is wasting away because nerve signals aren’t getting through.”
“I need that taken care of but I’ve been fighting so much that I haven’t had time for the treatment. I’m seeing a specialist on Tuesday, hopefully to get it sorted. I’m too old school for my own good.”
“The thing is I’ve got another fight booked already. My hand, I can’t even make a fist because I keep going into fight after fight after fight. Really what I need is six months off – but I don’t want to take six months off. I like what I do, I like to be kept busy.”
“Some things need to change. I consistently overtrain…I’m my own head coach, my own nutritionist, I need somebody to kick my ass and discipline me.”
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