UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping has arguably the most important fight of his career in 10 days, but a new distraction has popped up.
Bisping is being sued for allegedly choking a man in a California gym in July. MMAjunkie obtained a copy of the complaint today. News of the suit first was reported by TMZ.
The UFC, as well as owners William Morris Endeavor and 24-Hour Fitness in California, also are named as defendants in the suit.
The suit alleges battery; assault; false imprisonment; intentional infliction of emotional distress; vicarious liability; negligent supervision; and negligence-premises liability.
Bisping (30-7 MMA, 20-7 UFC) puts his 185-pound belt on the line next week against former welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre (25-2 MMA, 19-2 UFC) in the UFC 217 main event. UFC 217 takes place Nov. 4 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.
According to the suit, Bisping choked Antonio Georgakopoulos, 19, for “taking Bisping’s weights” at a 24-Hour Fitness gym in Anaheim. The suit says Bisping called him names, including “little punk” and “idiot,” then grabbed Georgakopoulos by the throat. Bisping, according to the suit, also told Georgakopoulos, “You don’t know who I am.”
The suit states another person at the gym stepped in to break things up after Bisping allegedly held the choke for two or three seconds.
The Anaheim Police Department issued a private persons arrest form after arriving at the gym, the suit says. Georgakopoulos went to an urgent care center for throat pain the next day, the suit says, and has seen an additional doctor for further issues.
But despite the arrest form, Bisping was not arrested by the Anaheim PD due to “insufficient evidence to file a criminal case,” according to MMAFighting.com.view original article >>
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