Michael Bisping Reveals He Suffered a Major Injury Just Days Before Fighting Georges St-Pierre

Michael Bisping opens up about an injury he suffered just a week out from his fight against Georges St-Pierre last year.

It turns out when Michael Bisping stepped into the Octagon to face Georges St-Pierre last November, he was far less than 100-percent healthy.

Bisping recently revealed that he actually suffered torn cartilage in his ribs just a week out from his fight with St-Pierre but he refused to drop out of the contest.

Instead, Bipsing pushed through the suffocating pain and felt like he would be able to find a way to win. Unfortunately, Bisping’s plan backfired and St-Pierre ultimately choked him out in the third round to become middleweight champion.

“I actually tore the cartilage in my ribs the week before the fight,” Bisping reveald on the True Geordie podcast this past week. “It was the final training session, we shouldn’t have done this sparring session, this sounds like an excuse. I didn’t talk about it at the time because it sounds like you’re making excuses but the reality was on the Friday before we flew to New York, Dean [Amasinger] was out there, he was helping me a little bit and he shot in for a double leg takedown like his life depended on it. Ran me across the Octagon, I went down and he landed on top of my ribs.

“Generally that would be fine, but as soon as I went down, I felt something rip so I couldn’t move, I couldn’t rotate, I couldn’t do anything.”

Despite the injury, Bisping had no intention of dropping out of the fight and instead just did as much therapy on his injured ribs in hopes that it wouldn’t affect him once he stepped into the Octagon.

The fight ended up being the most lucrative of his career and Bisping doesn’t regret making the decision to compete any more than he wants to take credit away from St-Pierre for getting the win.

It was just a bad turn of events for Bisping days before arguably the biggest fight of his career.

“I got to New York and I was having treatment on it everyday, it was an absolute nightmare,” Bisping said. “So people said to me ‘you looked a little stiff in there, Michael’. Yeah, I was stiff for a very good reason. I tore the cartilage in my ribs but it was a big fight, a lot of money on the line, and as a fighter you still think you can do it.

“It wasn’t my best performance, it didn’t go my way, but not taking anything away from Georges. God bless him, good for him, he got the job done.”

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Damon Martin is a veteran mixed martial arts journalist who has been covering the industry since 2003 with bylines on FOX Sports, CNN, Bleacher Report and numerous other outlets.
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