Michael Bisping was set to meet Robert Whittaker next month in Australia.

However, elbow surgery performed on Thursday knocked Bisping out for the remainder of the calendar year.

Literally out of surgery minutes ago. Ouch!around 6 loose bodies removed from my elbow. # painmeds #woozy

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“The Count” issued a short message on Twitter after news of the successful surgery, indicating that he is targeting a return in early 2016 when the Octagon is back in London:

Bisping (27-7) has won two in a row and three of his last four, scoring decisions over Thales Leites and C.B. Dollaway this year.