Michael Bisping Says Staph Nearly Forced Him Out Of UFC 127

It's turning into a heated grudge match set to go down in Australia at UFC 127, but the middleweight match up between Michael Bisping and Jorge Rivera almost didn't happen according to Bisping who tells ESPN a staph infection nearly forced him out:

“It was something I picked up in October and then it flared up again at the start of camp. The first couple of weeks it was really bothering me, and I couldn't really use my arm at one point. My manager did say to me, 'maybe you're gonna have to pull out of the fight', but we still had time. Fortunately the antibiotics have cleared it all up and now the arm's great. My manager was saying, 'you're doing great, hopefully we're on our way to a title shot, so you don't want to derail anything'. He wasn't saying, 'let's pull out', but he was saying that I should think about it. But we still had plenty of time and it cleared up.”