Michael Bisping: “Without sounding arrogant, that was what I was planning for.”

UFC middleweight Michael Bisping backed up his bravado by beating Alan Belcher at UFC 159, picking “The Talent” apart while avoiding any overly brutal blows. Though some fans had Belcher as the favorite given his diverse skillset, Bisping wasn’t surprised by his success and felt he had an overall advantage all along.

Even more impressive, Bisping was able to win with a serious nerve condition likely requiring him to go under the knife. The seasoned veteran spoke about both his win and his health with Fuel TV…

“I have stenosis, which is a trapped nerve that causes atrophy and numbness in my right arm. It’s progressively getting worse and worse. I saw a surgeon about six weeks before this fight and they told me I needed surgery. There was no way I was going to pull out of this fight.”

“Without sounding arrogant, that was what I was planning for. Of course I believed I had the speed advantage. He’s a big-sized middleweight, but I thought I had the speed advantage going in and I think that was obvious tonight.”

“It was a shame I caught him with my thumb there at the end. I apologize for that – it was a complete accident. Alan’s one hell of a performer and a good opponent. I have nothing but respect for Alan and I’m sure he’ll continue to have a great career.”

Check out the full interview with Bisping below: