Michael Bisping is out of surgery and gearing up for recovery.
The UFC middleweight underwent a procedure on his elbow, and posted to Instagram afterward that doctors removed six “loose bodies” from around the area.
Bisping was slated to fight Robert Whittaker next month at UFC 193 in Melbourne, Australia, but “The Ultimate Fighter: The Smashes” winner will now welcome Uriah Hall to his home country instead. Bisping, 36, has fought in the UFC for over nine years already, and has won three of his last four fights. He hopes to return to action early in 2016.
Penick’s Analysis: “Loose bodies” around joints like that can be painful and irritating, and it’s likely that it was bothering him greatly in training to take him out of a fight and necessitate surgery. Hopefully he’ll heal up soon, as a likely fight with Anderson Silva could be on tap for the spring of 2016. It’s quite likely that’s the fight the UFC, Silva, and Bisping all want to put together next, and if they’re both ready to go by March in Brazil – where Silva said the fight could happen – that’s what they’ll go with.
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