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Tatsuya Kawajiri Suffers Detached Retina For the Third Time, Out of Action Indefinitely


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Just when we were getting used to having Tatsuya Kawajiri around in the UFC, the Japanese veteran has been sidelined with a detached retina. Kawajiri suffered the injury to his left eye during a recent sparring session, and his date of return is uncertain. This is the third time that “Crusher” has suffered a detached retina in his left eye, following incidents earlier in his career when he was competing for PRIDE and Shooto.

Kawajiri most recently lost a unanimous decision to Clay Guida at the UFC’s Abu Dhabi show in April, which snapped a six-fight win streak. A fight between Kawajiri and Darren Elkins was in the works for UFC Fight Night 52: Hunt vs. Nelson (September 20th; Saitama, Japan), but that’s clearly not happening anymore. We’ll update you when we know more about Kawajiri’s recovery timeline.

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Michael Bisping Reportedly ‘Rushed to Hospital’ For Another Eye Surgery [UPDATED]


(Isn’t this how most super-villains get their start? / Photo via @bisping)

Michael Bisping‘s eye-problems may have taken a turn from “very annoying” to “career threatening.” Just a week after undergoing a corrective eye-surgery to fix the detached retina that had been plaguing him since April, the UFC middleweight contender reportedly had to undergo another surgery to alleviate severe pain in the same eye. John Joe O’Regan from Fighters Only magazine alerted us to the situation this morning in a post on the UG:

Bisping rushed to hospital for eye surgery
im staying at mike’s for a few days here in LA; i just got in from visiting Alliance in San Diego and saw his girlfriend, she had just got back from taking him to Pasedena hospital. He’s undergoing surgery, his eye was causing him agony apparently.”

We have no other details at this time, but we’ll alert you if Bisping or the UFC releases a statement. Get well soon, good sir.

Update, from @johnjoeoregan: “Mike Bisping went to the hospital in pain but didn’t require surgery, contrary to previous report. Just got checked out”

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Oh, the Irony: Michael Bisping Suffers Detached Retina, Out of Action Until October


(Tomax, meet Xamot. Photo via Getty Images.)

Look, we know we’ve been declaring a lot of things to be “ironic” around here lately, but this…this is just ridiculous.

On yesterday’s edition of UFC Tonight, Ariel Helwani revealed that middleweight contender and prestigious member of the citizenry, Sir Michael of Bisping — the very same who once scribed that a certain dullard from Mississippi had “given himself a career-threatening eye-strain by watching too much internet porn” — has suffered an identical deformation. Even worse, the injury came as a result of a tussle with the very same dullard whom “The Count” both rebuked for said addiction to thinking machine-based lewdness and nearly blinded in the very same contest.

In common folk speak, we are trying to say that Michael Bisping suffered a detached retina during the very same UFC 159 fight in which he nearly took Alan Belcher’s right eye home with him. And that is ironic.

“After the fight against Alan Belcher, Michael Bisping completely lost all peripheral vision in his right eye,” Ariel Helwani reported yesterday. “He went to see an eye on doctor on Tuesday and he found out that he had a detached retina. On Thursday, he had surgery to fix the detached retina. He’s hoping to return to the UFC in October.”

No word yet on whether or not Bisping will be interested in a potential catchweight fight with Rich Franklin when he returns, but we will keep you updated.

-J. Jones

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Alan Belcher is Almost Ready to Return and You’ll Never Guess Who He Wants to Fight First

(Belcher, seen here prior to getting that giant picture of Carl Perkins tattooed on his left arm. Pic: TigerMuayThai.com)

If Alan Belcher manages to return from the detached retina that nearly ended his career last year and can recapture anything close to the 4-1 form he showed during his five most recent fights in the Octagon, it’ll be one of 2011’s true feel good stories. Belcher has always struck us as one of the sport’s more likable characters, so when he tells Sherdog this week that he’s interested in returning to the UFC as soon as September, that’s great news. Only thing is, we wish Belcher would show just a touch more originality in deciding who he wants to fight in his comeback bout. Pretty much the usual suspects here:

“(Michael) Bisping is an asshole who disrespects the sport and his opponent,” Belcher tells the Dog. “A fight between me and Michael Bisping is something everybody wants except for Michael Bisping. It would be amazing to sign that fight and have him come to my backyard. He always gets to fight in Britain and other places, but it’d be good to see him come down to Louisiana. I’d love for that to be my comeback fight.”

Yep. Bisping. The ol’ standby. And in case you’re wondering, Belcher wouldn’t turn down a fight with Wanderlei Silva, either, though he sounds a little more reasonable about Silva’s standing in the division than some of the other dudes who’ve called out “The Axe Murderer” recently …

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Alan Belcher May Never Fight Again


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When it was announced that Alan Belcher was forced to pull out of his headlining September 15 UFC Fight Night bout with Demian Maia due to a detached retina he suffered in training, the news was met with a collective, "That sucks. Hopefully when he heals up, the UFC will match them up again."

According to Belcher, he may never get the opportunity to fight Maia again, or anyone else for that matter.

In an interview he did with  PureFight this week, the 26-year-old Biloxi, Mississippi fighter who revealed that he suffered irreparable vision loss as a result of the freak injury said that there is a chance he may never fight again.

Belcher says that he won’t know the extent of the injury or the success of the surgery for at least a couple of months and only then will he be able to assess whether or not continuing to fight will be an option for him or if he will have to walk away from the sport he loves.

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