Michael Bisping cleared to resume training following detached retina, willing to fight Tim Kennedy

Tom Szczerbowski-US PRESSWIRE

Everyone's favorite villain is headed back to the cage next spring ... but can he still be a contender?

If it was up to Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight Michael Bisping, he would be fighting a top 185-pound contender like Lyoto Machida or Ronaldo Souza.

But it's not.

That decision lies solely with UFC matchmaker Joe Silva, who will probably give "The Count" a middle-of-the-packer, since both "The Dragon" and "Jacare" are already booked to sling leather early next year.

Perhaps someone like Tim Kennedy?

The sharp-tongued soldier has been calling for a Bisping fight ever since he pasted Rafael Natal in their "Fight for the Troops" last month on FOX Sports 1 (details), a bout that could be possible for March or April of next year now that the brash Brit has been cleared to get back into the swing of things.

From UFC Tonight:

"I was at the doctors this morning, they've given me the green light to start proper training again. I've been running and lifting weights for awhile. I can definitely fight around March or April next year. I've never turned down an opponent once, I'm not going to start with Tim Kennedy. If that's who the UFC wants, I'll be happy to fight him. Myself personally, I would like someone ranked a little higher up the ladder, someone in the top five maybe. But it's down to the UFC."

Indeed.

Bisping was forced to withdraw from his Manchester melee opposite Mark Munoz earlier this year after suffering a detached retina (pic). The injury will end up costing "The Count" a year on the sidelines, as he hasn't competed since defeating Alan Belcher last April.

But is a Kennedy fight one you, as a fan, are interested in seeing?

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