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Old 02-21-2013, 04:57 PM   #1 (permalink)
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UFC 159's Michael Bisping may need surgery to alleviate trapped nerve

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Michael Bisping hasn't pulled out of his fight against Alan Belcher at UFC 159 (yet), but it's never a good sign when your two months out and can't even make a fist because your muscles have atrophied.

Top middleweight contender Michael Bisping plans to obliterate Alan Belcher at the upcoming UFC 159: "Jones vs. Sonnen" pay-per-view (PPV) event on April 27, 2013 at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ. There's just one teeny little problem.

"The Count" can't make a fist.

No, that's not a knock on his striking, he literally can't make one due to muscle atrophy in his afflicted mitt. That's to go along with the trapped nerve in his neck which will likely require surgery. Yep, the same one that sent combat sports legend Bas Rutten under the knife (see a pic here).

As Bisping explains to ESPN.co.uk, he's a physical mess.

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"My right arm, and this is the first time I've mentioned this, I have a trapped nerve in my neck and 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. 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 ... 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."
Bisping (23-5) was handily defeated by Vitor Belfort at the UFC on FX 7 event earlier this year in Brazil (see it here), dropping him to 1-2 over his last three bouts. While he's slated to see a specialist to try to deal with his issues prior to battling "The Talent," six months off would do him some good.

He's certainly earned it.

The brash Brit has fought a staggering 18 times since his Octagon debut back in 2006 and clocked 10 fights on the regional scene in a two-year span prior to competing under the ZUFFA umbrella. That doesn't include his exhibition and amateur bouts, either.

Will he make it to "Dirty Jersey" in one piece? Stay tuned.
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Old 02-21-2013, 04:59 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I always thought trapped nerves had to work themselves out over time. I know for a fact its very painful, I had two simultaneously as a teenager and just had to wait it out.
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I always thought trapped nerves had to work themselves out over time. I know for a fact its very painful, I had two simultaneously as a teenager and just had to wait it out.
I got one recently. Back in October I lost grip strength in my right hand and I'm right handed. It's a litte better now, but I still feel pins and needles in my fingers on my right hand and I want to blow the damn thing off at this point. But I need to simply wait it out and let it sort itself.

Not sure if Bisping will be able to get it fixed by fight time.
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I had neck surgery in 2007, between my 6th and 7th vertebrae in my neck. I waited for a couple of months to have it addressed, thinking it would get better. Well, it didn't. My entire upper left side, including my left arm had muscles that were completely atrophied. I had a hole on the left side of my chest. After the surgery it really sank in how much damage it did and how much it affected everything in my daily life (from not being able to sleep because of the pain to not being able to stay focused and do my work).
In any case, rehabilitation took 3+ years for me, to repair most of the muscle damage. The nerve damage in my left hand is almost completely healed. It was 5 years last november.

if what Bisping has is the same (from the sound of it, it is, but to a slightly lesser degree), the sooner he gets it fixed, the better. Sitting out 6 months is nothing compared to not being able to perform 100% for potentially multiple years.

Sorry for the rant ...
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While my disdain for the guy is known, I hope he comes out of this healthy. He really should cancel the fight and get it taken care of, I don't think it should even be a question for him. To risk even being able to pick up and hold his children?
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While my disdain for the guy is known, I hope he comes out of this healthy. He really should cancel the fight and get it taken care of, I don't think it should even be a question for him. To risk even being able to pick up and hold his children?
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Good on him to not automatically pull out of the fight - it shows some fighter's spirit. That said, he'd be wise to rehab properly. I don't think anyone wants to see the man crippled.
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