In a statement released by Jorge Rivera’s management, Rivera’s camp discussed the illegal knee delivered by Michael Bisping in their bout at UFC 127 on Saturday, as well as Bisping’s post-fight remarks and actions. “Michael Bisping’s conduct in the Octagon at UFC 127 was unconscionable, unprofessional, and smacks of a man with no morals or character. During the first round of their fight, Jorge Rivera had both knees on the canvas when Bisping stopped, sized Jorge up, and delivered a massive knee to a vulnerable and downed opponent. This knee was illegal and clearly intentional.” That was only part of what they said, but you get the idea. I don’t know if it was intentional or if Bisping was just trying to time it perfectly. I would think Bisping wouldn’t try to get disqualified, so I would lean towards the latter. However, his post-fight antics were ridiculous. He reminds me of a British Diaz brother. Straight punk.
With Michael Bisping getting his third straight win, someone is already calling him out. Vitor Belfort, hoping to get back into action as soon as possible, posted on his Twitter account that he’d like to fight Bisping as early as May. “On my way to the airport going back to Vegas I am looking forward to [fighting] Bisping on May card I need to fight soon I want to get busy.” That looks like it’s a done deal, but Belfort later clarified that he just wants to fight Bisping, not that anything is set. I would welcome this fight. Especially after Bisping acted like a fool after his win over Rivera. I foresee a Dan Henderson-like right hand ending the Brit’s night should this fight happen.
Nick Diaz may have his next opponent, as Paul Daley knocked out Yuya Shirai in just under two minutes on Saturday in the U.K. at BAMMA 5. Well, can’t say I’m surprised. I would rather see Diaz/Daley than Diaz/Woodley anyway. Now, let’s all sit back and enjoy the trash talk.
King Mo revealed on his Facebook page that he will fight on Strikeforce’s June 18 card at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, TX. However, Lawal doesn’t have an opponent scheduled or the event. While I don’t like his attitude, he does have a name and is a decent draw for Strikeforce. I’m interested to see who he fights in Dallas.
A report from Mike Chiappetta at MMAFighting.com states that Bisping will receive some sort of punishment for spitting at members of Rivera’s corner following his second round TKO win over Rivera at UFC 127. I doubt the UFC will suspend him. Possibly a fine, but even that I wouldn’t count on. However, if he does it again, Dana White will be none too pleased.