While some of the controversy surrounding UFC 127 laid upon the main-event of the evening, which pitted former champ BJ Penn against Jon Fitch where the two welterweights fought to a draw, Michael Bisping might have taken the spotlight.
At UFC 127, which took place at the Acer Arena in Sydney, Australia, there was a lot of heat between both Jorge Rivera and Michael Bisping, who were the co-main event of the evening late last month.
Rivera posted numerous videos online, mocking the Brit, and it clearly got under his skin. Eventually, the two met and Bisping was declared the winner via TKO. However, the fight wasn’t without it’s issues, and the whole world took note, including UFC President Dana White, and he has since punished the Bisping accordingly.
At UFC 127, Bisping landed an illegal knee to a downed Rivera. While things of this nature happen all the time, Michael’s knee seemed a little more malicious, at least that was consensus by most fans and fighters who witnessed the bout. Rivera had both knees on the ground and Bisping meanwhile clinched with both hands and landed the knee to the head.
Though Jorge eventually rose to his feet, he was clearly never really back in the fight.
Rivera went on to battle through the second-round, however Michael flurried him against the cage, landing standing elbows which eventually dropped “El COnquistador” and called a halt to the bout.
Soon after, Bisping retreated to Rivera’s corner, screaming profanities and spitting at the cornerman of Rivera. As Jorge went to embrace Michael to congratulate him on the win, the Brit pushed his friendly gesture away and continued to be loud and boisterous.
Though Bisping was apologetic afterwards, Dana White took note of his actions and an interview with Ariel Helwani of MMAFighting.com, reported that he had witheld a “bonus” from the Brit. While it’s unclear what that bonus is, White suggests that it would be than justifiable for what Michael had done.
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