On Thursday morning, the news broke that Michael Bisping requires knee surgery and will not be able to return to the octagon until May as a result.
Michael Bisping recently found out he will need knee surgery for slightly torn meniscus in next few weeks, hopes to fight around May
— John Pollock (@iamjohnpollock) January 19, 2017
With Conor McGregor supposedly in the midst of a ten month lay off as he awaits the birth of his first child, the UFC are in desperate need of stars to headline their pay-per-view events. Michael Bisping is certainly one of these.
Having won the middleweight belt with a shock victory over Luke Rockhold at UFC 199, Bisping went onto defend his title in an enthralling encounter with Dan Henderson at UFC 204.
The 37-year-old was due to take on Yoel Romero early this year as, after winning his no.1 contender’s bout with Chris Weidman at UFC 205, the Cuban immediately called out Bisping. Finishing Weidman in the third round with a vicious flying knee, Romero turned to the champion’s box and shouted: “Hello, Mike. I love you.”
However, with the news now confirmed that Bisping won’t be able to take to the octagon until May at the earliest, it may well be that Romero will have to fight someone else in the interim.
Check out some of the best Twitter reaction to the news below;
@iamjohnpollock Haha. Anything but fight Yoel Romero.
— Aonghus Ó Faoláin (@Aongiebob) January 19, 2017
@iamjohnpollock guess we should be expecting an interim middleweight title fight announcement soon
— mmafanatic (@2846Chris) January 19, 2017
@iamjohnpollock I like Mike, but the Hendo fight was a joke. He still hasn’t defended his title properly since he won it in June.
— Monsoon (@Cyber_Zealot) January 19, 2017
@iamjohnpollock HERE COMES ANOTHER INTERIM BELT FROM THE UFC
— G (@Glenn200K) January 19, 2017
@MMA_Jim Bisping is such a joke. Doing movies and now needs surgery. Smh
— yasser martinez (@yassermr) January 19, 2017