Michael Bisping will not be able to defend his UFC title until May
Bisping became the first British fighter to win a UFC title when he beat Luke Rockhold in June.
The Manchester fighter then held a successful defence in his hometown, headlining UFC 204 against Dan Henderson.
But Bisping damaged his knee during the bout and has now revealed that he will not be able to fight again for four or five months.
Michael Bisping defended his title back in October against Dan Henderson
“I actually found out just recently I’ve got to have a knee surgery,” Bisping told Fight Network.
“Nothing major, just a clean up.
“I’ve got a slightly torn meniscus, a couple other things going on in there so I’ve got to get that knee surgery taken care of.
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“We scheduled that and I should be having that in the next couple of weeks.
“Get that taken care of and I’ll probably be defending the belt around May, something like that I would guess.”
Bisping’s opponent is expected to be Yoel Romero, the 39-year-old Cuban who beat Chris Weidman at UFC 205.
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The former Olympic wrestler has lost just one of his 12 professional mixed martial arts bouts and the No 1 ranked contender is desperate for a shot at his first title.
“Only fight I will take is Bisping for the belt!” Romero said on Twitter last night.
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“Waiting will only make me hungrier.
“No excuses, see you soon boi.”