‘I Pushed Too Hard and Lost the Vision Completely’ – Michael Bisping Has Advise for Errol Spence Jr. Following His Retinal Injury

Published 08/11/2021, 3:55 PM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JULY 05: Michael Bisping looks on as he is inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame during the UFC Hall of Fame Class of 2019 Induction Ceremony inside The Pearl at The Palms Casino Resort on July 5, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


The WBC and IBF welterweight champion, Errol Spence Jr., was supposed to defend his titles against the Filipino pride, Manny Pacquiao on August 21, 2021. However, he had to pull out after suffering a retinal tear in his left eye. Following this massive news, the former UFC middleweight champion, Michael Bisping, shared some advice for the boxing champion.

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After suffering this injury, the doctors advised Spence Jr. to walk away from the fight. However, Pacquiao will still appear on the date and will take on WBA (Super) welterweight champion Yordenis Ugas.

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On August 10, the multi-award-winning broadcaster, Adam Catterall, shared this heartbreaking news on Twitter. That is when it became public knowledge. 

Following this, Bisping replied to Catterall’s Tweet, giving some advice to Spence Jr. about his retinal eye injury. ‘The Count’ Bisping said, “He has to listen to the doctors 100 percent for a full recovery. I pushed too hard to soon and lost the vision completely”.

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Michael Bisping is the right person to advise Errol Spence Jr. on his eye injury

In his UFC career, Bisping fought most of his prime with no vision in his right eye. ‘The Count’ suffered his eye injury after his fight with Vitor Belfort.

Bisping vs. Belfort took place back in January 2013. In this bout, Belfort landed several vicious strikes and ended up winning the bout via TKO in the second round. Taking those hard kicks and punches left Bisping with a detached retina. Bisping did return after this injury. However, he returned with no eyesight in his one eye.

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Despite having one eye, ‘The Count’ somehow made it through medical and was cleared for fighting. Moreover, he claimed the UFC middleweight championship by defeating Luke Rockhold at UFC 199 on June 4, 2016.

He also holds notable victories over Anderson Silva, Dan Henderson, and more, while having only one eye. ‘The Count’ ended his career in 2018 after a bout with Kelvin Gastelum that ended in him losing via KO in the first round.

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Arman Khan is a UFC author for EssentiallySports. He began following combat sports when Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor competed in 'The Money Fight' in 2017. 'The Notorious' attracted Arman to the UFC and he became an ardent fan of professional fighting as he could draw parallels with the action from his combat sports experience and break down techniques such as striking and striking defense lucidly for the casual fans.

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