Michael Bisping (file photo) scored an emotional win over Jorge Rivera at UFC 127. | Sherdog.com


Michael Bisping got what he wanted out of UFC 127.

The British middleweight found himself victorious in Sydney, Australia, on Saturday night, his hands raised high as his fallen foe lay crumpled beneath him. The route Bisping traveled to arrive at that moment, however, may be talked about for some time to come.

After dictating the striking early in his co-main event scrap with Jorge Rivera, Bisping began to execute takedowns for which Rivera had no answer. Following one such grappling exchange, Bisping grabbed the kneeling Rivera in a Thai clinch and blasted “El Conquistador” square in the face with a knee.

It appeared the fight would be stopped by the cageside physician, but at the last moment, a game Rivera informed referee Marc Goddard that he could continue. Bisping was docked a point, but Rivera appeared to be on rubbery legs from that moment onward. Postfight, Rivera’s camp reportedly complained that the illegal knee was thrown deliberately. However, “The Count” claims that the strike was an accident that may be chalked up to emotion and adrenaline taking over.

“The knee certainly wasn’t on purpose,” Bisping said during the postfight press conference. “He was getting up off the ground, and I pulled the trigger too early. It happens a lot. This is a fast-moving sport. No one wants to see a fight won or lost in that fashion.”

The 185-pound contest carried with it some extra heat, due in large part to a series of YouTube video released by Rivera in which the American relentlessly mocked his English opponent. According to Bisping, the videos hit a bit too close to home. Following the fight’s finish, the Wolfslair Academy product spat at the American corner and verbally taunted Rivera before eventually embracing the man he had just battered.

“He was very insulting toward me. He was mocking me on the Internet, talking about myself and my family. But it built up inside me, and I blew up a little bit, so I apologize,” said Bisping. “[The videos] definitely motivated me and made me work harder. Trash talk is part of the game, and I let it get to me too much. But I’m an emotional guy. Everything that comes out of my mouth comes from my heart. I am who I am. He embarrassed me, mocking me all over the world. But I should have been the better man and taken that on the chin a little better.”

Regarding the fight, Bisping believes he executed his game plan against a worthy adversary, regardless of the illegal blow.

“I thought I gave a good performance. I respect Jorge. He’s been around the game a long time. He gave Anderson Silva and Rich Franklin good fights, so he is no walk in the park,” Bisping stated. “I prepared for this fight hard fight like always do. I thought I had his number. I was getting those takedowns. I hit him with that right hand and felt him wobble a bit, and I knew it was time to go for the finish.”

Reader comments are active below. Chime in with an opinion or thought by signing in with your Facebook, Twitter, Google or Yahoo! account.
view original article >>

Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

Anderson Silva Calls for Michael Bisping Rematch, Suggests Manchester UFC Fight

  • 29 days ago
  • 119 views

Legendary fighter Anderson Silva thinks UFC Middleweight champion Michael Bisping is “afraid” to face him in a rematch. The Brazilian lost to Bisping narrowly in London earlier this year in a pulsati read news >>

Flashback Friday Video: Dan Henderson After Knocking Out Michael Bisping at UFC 100

  • 26 days ago
  • 94 views

Dan Henderson logged one of the greatest knockouts in UFC history when he knocked out Michael Bisping at UFC 100. read news >>

Michael Bisping to Face Dan Henderson in First Title Defense

  • 17 days ago
  • 19 views

UFC president Dana White announced on Saturday that middleweight champion Michael Bisping would face Dan Henderson in his first title defense. read news >>

Jacare Souza is Not Very Happy About Michael Bisping vs. Dan Henderson 2

  • 17 days ago
  • 42 views

Jacare Souza isn't as excited as you about Michael Bisping vs. Dan Henderson 2. read news >>

Michael Bisping vs. Dan Henderson 2 Announced Following UFC 200

  • 17 days ago
  • 10 views

New UFC Middleweight champion Michael Bisping is a very busy man, and his schedule just got even more crowded. Speaking to Fox Sports 1 on the UFC 200 post-fight show, UFC President Dana White announ read news >>

Dana White’s State of the UFC Video: UFC 200 Recap, Conor McGregor’s Belt, Ronda Rousey and Michael Bisping

  • 17 days ago
  • 545 views

Dana White talks UFC 200, but also weighs in on what he expected for Ronda Rousey's return, Conor McGregor's next title defense, and Michael Bisping's first defense. read news >>

Michael Bisping vs. Dan Henderson II: A Head-to-Toe Breakdown

  • 17 days ago
  • 32 views

It's on. Michael Bisping will square off against Dan Henderson once again. This time for the middleweight championship of the world. Dana White joined the Fox Sports booth following UFC 200 to make t read news >>

Watch Michael Bisping and His Teenage Son Turn Their Kitchen into a Wrestling Mat

  • 11 days ago
  • 35 views

How does Michael Bisping prepare for the wrestling of Dan Henderson? By taking teenage Bisping to the school of takedowns, that's how. read news >>

Michael Bisping Denies Rumor that He Declined Georges St-Pierre Fight

  • 11 days ago
  • 45 views

UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping on Thursday shot down a rumor that he declined a fight with former UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre. read news >>

Evangelista Cyborg Suffers Fractured Skull from Michael Page’s Flying Knee

  • 10 days ago
  • 1249 views

Evangelista "Cyborg" Santos not only lost his Bellator 158 bout to Michael Page on Saturday, he also suffered a fractured skull that will require surgery. read news >>