The immediate mixed martial arts (MMA) future of Michael Bisping hinges on two eye examinations scheduled for tomorrow (Thurs., Jan. 23, 2014) in London, England.
"The Count" was confident that he was out of the woods after a detached retina (see pic here) nearly left him blind in his right eye. Confident enough to verbally accept a fight against trash-talking Tim Kennedy in The Ultimate Fighter (TUF): "Nations" Finale main event on April 16, 2014.
However, according to a report this evening from Ariel Helwani on FOX Sports 1's "UFC Tonight," the visual field and depth perception tests could be sabotaged by a developing cataract.
In other words, the cataract certainly doesn't improve his chances to pass either test. And if he fails either test, he'll likely require additional surgery to correct the issue before he steps foot inside the Octagon again.
Surgery would set Bisping back for at least another six weeks, according to the latest report. On the flip side, If the Brit passes the exam, he'll most likely get his chance to shut up Kennedy in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada, this spring season.
Bisping is currently in London for three weeks to help promote UFC Fight Night 37, which goes down on March 8, 2014, headlined by Alexander Gustafsson against Jimi Manuwa. He was last seen dispatching Alan Belcher at UFC 159 in Newark, N.J., back in April 2013.
Keep it locked on MMAmania.com tomorrow and indefinitely for results of Bisping's eye test, which we will pass along as soon as humanly possible.