Michael Bisping must pass peripheral eye test before getting cleared for UFC return

Tom Szczerbowski-US PRESSWIRE

Before Michael Bisping can return to the Octagon, he must pass a peripheral eye test to see if his surgically-repaired retina is fully healed.

Michael Bisping has been sidelined since Sept. 27, 2013, with a serious eye injury that could have cost him his mixed martial arts (MMA) career.

As a result, "The Count" was forced to withdraw from his fight against Mark Munoz, which was set to go down at UFC Fight Night 30 on Oct. 26, 2013, in Manchester, England, because of a detached retina in his right eye that he suffered in training.

The good news is that after undergoing successful surgery, "The Count" is well on his way to making a full recovery and could be fighting inside the Octagon later this year.

That is, of course, if he can pas a peripheral eye test, according to The Telegraph:

"The UFC's medical team spoke to my doctor and I have been asked to take a peripheral eye test, so I can only hope that I get through it. I'll have to see how it goes. I am also having a cataract removed, which should improve the vision, but I'm at the mercy of how the test goes now."

Bisping was last seen defeating Alan Belcher at UFC 159 on April 27, 2013, in Newark, New Jersey. Prior to that, the brash Brit suffered a first-round knockout loss to Vitor Belfort at UFC on FX 7.

Should Bisping pass his upcoming eye test and get cleared to return to action, he will have no shortage of opponents (as usual) to welcome him back to the eight-walled cage.

Namely, these two hard-hitting Middleweights.

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