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Jorge Rivera Says He’s Returning in Australia Against Michael Bisping


Following UFC 122, our Euro buddies at caught up with scheduled co-headliner Jorge Rivera to discuss his reaction to Alessio Sakara‘s surprise illness-withdrawal. Rivera’s hands were already wrapped by the time he got the news, and he was "in shock" to learn he wouldn’t be fighting. On the bright side, he already has bigger things lined up. Said Jorge: 

"I’ve got a good fight coming up in Australia, and I’m gonna take a couple weeks off to go home and just relax, because I’ve training hard since about June. My last fight, I had to pull out about July, because I had broken my arm, but I was still training with a broken arm, I wanted to fight. I’ve been training hard now for about five, six months, so I need some time just to relax, man…And then I’m gonna train real, real, real hard. I really want this next fight, man. I not only want the fight, I wanna fuck him up. [Interviewer: Who are you fighting in Australia?] Michael Bisping…that is a scoop I’m giving you right now."

So first off, "Australia" means UFC 127, the UFC’s return to Sydney on February 27th. At this point, the only other reported match for the card is Carlos Condit vs. Chris Lytle.

As for why Rivera so passionately wants to fuck Bisping up? Maybe he sees Bisping as one of those boring round-winners he despises so much. Maybe he’s just antsy from inactivity, having not competed since his demolition of Nate Quarry in March. Maybe he just hates soap operas. We could sit here speculating all day. So we’ll just go with the soap opera thing.

Michael Bisping fought in the co-headliner of the UFC’s last Australia show, losing a unanimous decision to Wanderlei Silva. Since then, he’s picked up decision victories over Dan Miller and Yoshihiro Akiyama. Can the Count make it three in a row, or does this one belong to the American hero?

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Clyde- November 15, 2010 at 12:46 pm
I don't think the UFC is sending bisping to Australia to win, they're sending him because the Aussies love to see the Brits lose.

If the Jorge Rivera thing doesn't work out, he may be getting a title shot against Anderson Silva in the land down under. Or hiring back Hendo on a 1 fight deal.
Emopinata- November 15, 2010 at 11:31 am
so much to lose for bisping.
iuno why he would take this.
wins nothing, loses what .. little ground he made...
RwilsonR- November 15, 2010 at 10:30 am
I really hope this doesn't look like Bisping vs. Leben, but I have a feeling it might. Bisping should have the reach advantage, and he has pretty good footwork to stay out of range. And he knows his opponent is much more concerned with actually fighting than he is, and so will chase him down constantly. That means he can jab and circle for 15 minutes. I hope Rivera finds his chin somewhere in that timeframe, though.
KarmaAteMyCat- November 15, 2010 at 9:39 am
This is a test for Bisping to see if he has learned anything since that Henderson fight.
Videodrome_NOW- November 15, 2010 at 9:31 am
"Bisping has as much power as an old Vespa"=Funny shit.

I like both fighters and am interested by this fight, but I agree with @thebassmaster, I'm not sure this is the right fight for Bisping, unless Okami is really getting the title shot and Sonnen gets suspended. Which leaves Marquardt, but he'll be demoted for his performance. I'm not sure where Demian Maia is in the division, I'd be curious to see where the UFC has him ranked right now. But yeah, who the hell knows?

Summary: MW Division is as fucked up as Welterweight Division
macreadysshack- November 15, 2010 at 8:21 am

Nice to hear the thunder from down under. Is that 'commonwealth' shit even real anymore?

@ TheHuytonHandGrenade

Awesome . . . 'It ain't where you're from, it's where you're at,' haven't heard that for awhile. I love that.

Tai-Pan- November 15, 2010 at 8:00 am
For serial tho, Bisping is going out like he did against Henderson. Rivera has looked fucking awesome since his daughter died. This is a terrible fight for Bisping. Is it wrong that I am stoked for a Bisping fight? Even if it is to see him get KTFO.
J-Dog- November 15, 2010 at 7:28 am
It really sucks for Jorge, the UFC, and for Sakara.... but when you wake up with stomach flu, there's nothing you can do about it. You can't fight when you're shitting and puking your brains out. You can fight with a sore throat, a cough, a stuffy nose, a headache, etc... but with norovirus?? Fugeddaboddit. All you can do is pull out of the fight. It sucks.

Can't wait for Jorge and Bisping!
TheHuytonHandGrenade- November 15, 2010 at 6:36 am
Rivera will light him up in the second round, Bisping has as much power as an old Vespa. Im not into Bisping even though he trains round the corner not many Brits like him. It aint where your from its where you at .
thebassmaster- November 15, 2010 at 6:31 am
I like the fight and I think it could be a war... That being said, I think its a step down for Bisping and wondering why this match up is taking place. WAR Rivera
rearnakedchickenchoke- November 15, 2010 at 6:25 am
lol dcmsm!
Seoul Brother- November 15, 2010 at 6:20 am
@dcmsm: I don't think that's feasible, mate. Bisping is a bloated twat of a man, and I for one would love to see him get pounded into a blubbering retarded mess regardless of where he's getting his ass handed to him. Sorry it has to be your neck of the woods again, buddy.
dcmsm- November 15, 2010 at 6:15 am
Please don't send us bisping again. We may be a part of the Commonwealth but we're not English. We think he's as gigantic a douchebag as you over in the States do.