UFC 152: Michael Bisping Cut in Training, but Fight with Brian Stann Is Still on

Nedu ObiAnalyst IIAugust 9, 2012

Courtesy of Sport-magazine.co.uk
Courtesy of Sport-magazine.co.uk

Michael "The Count" Bisping has suffered a cut above his left eye in preparation for his UFC 152 encounter with Brian Stann.

However, there's no need to panic, as the brash Brit has intimated via his Tweeter account that the fight will go ahead as planned.

Per ESPN.co.uk:

"Slash!! Head but from yesterday's training, 6 stitches, no big deal, still 8 weeks out," Bisping tweeted.

The aforementioned tweet must come as welcome news to the UFC hierarchy, who have recently had to deal with unforeseen injuries to both Rory MacDonald and Josh Koscheck.

MacDonald suffered an almost identical injury to Bisping's. His was a huge gash to the forehead, which was deemed bad enough to throw a spanner in the works of his projected UFC 152 clash with two-divisional titlist B.J. Penn.

Conversely, "Kos" was meant to throw hands with Jake Ellenberger in the co-main event of UFC 151: Jon Jones vs. Dan Henderson. However, due to a bulging disc in his back, the former AKA resident had to pull out. The 34-year-old has now been supplanted by Jay Hieron.

For "The Thoroughbred," this will be his third stint in the company.

Apropos Bisping (22-4 MMA, 12-4 UFC), at UFC 152, he will once again attempt to stake his claim as the most viable opponent to face off against perennial middleweight kingpin Anderson Silva.

Others in the race include Chris Weidman, Vitor Belfort, Stann, Tim Boetsch and Alan Belcher.

Just over six months ago, Bisping's chances of vying for a tilt at UFC gold were thwarted by Chael Sonnen, who then went on to unsuccessfully challenge "The Spider" for the second time of asking.

UFC 152 is scheduled to take place on September 22, 2012 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Canada.

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