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Michael Bisping Offers Up Half-Assed Apology For Spitting/Illegal Knee During UFC 127 Fight With Jorge Rivera

Michael Bisping, speaking through his fellow countryman and self-designated public defender, UK Telegraph reporter Gareth Davies, offered up a feeble apology today for his in and post-fight antics during and following his UFC 127 bout with Jorge Rivera.

“Leading up to the fight, I wanted to be the bigger man and not rise up to it, but as it gathered more momentum, my blood was boiling more and more inside. The guy [Jorge Rivera] and his team relentlessly mocked me for a couple of months on the internet, and they definitely crossed the line a couple of times… and I was provoked and if anyone says they didn’t see that they are either blind or pig-ignorant. I went into the fight very angry. I let it get the better of me after the fight. I want to make it clear – I never spat on his cornerman. I spat on the floor to let him know what I thought of him…I said some words…I’m not even sure what the words were now, that was immediately after the fight had finished. After that, I instantly apologised. It was out of order. As a father, as a mixed martial artist, or possibly even as a role model, it’s not a way I should be behaving. It’s not how a mixed martial artist should be acting; not how any many should be acting. Of course, I do regret it, and I owe Dana [White, UFC CEO], and the UFC an apology and I won’t be acting like that again.”

Now if he left it at that, the apology may not have been construed as being transparent, but as Bisping explained, he can’t just be content with being the bigger man and taking the high road.

“If it is to be Chael Sonnen [who I fight next], he does trash talk a lot. But a lot of things that come out of his mouth I piss myself laughing; I think he’s hilarious. He comes out with good smack talk. (Unless, of course you’re Brazilian) If it was to be him next, I’d look forward to the verbal sparring, but I’m sure he wouldn’t go to the depths of offence that this guy did. It was out of order, and if anyone went to those lengths again, I would simply not rise to it. I’m ashamed of myself and I have apologised, he [Rivera] should be man enough to do the same. Of course, I’m not perfect, I still make mistakes, I’m human and I let things get the better of me as I did on night. Of course, lesson learnt. If he tries to go down that line, I’ve got previous experience and I will not let it get to me quite as much.”

The problem is, Bisping only apologized because he felt he had to. If he really was sorry, he wouldn’t have waited this long to ramble off an obviously empty PR-move of an apology in an attempt to silence the critics who Davies says “raged” for Bisping to be punished after the bout. There’s an old saying that says, when people use “but” in an apology, it means, “Ignore everything I said before the but.”

Bisping basically is saying, I’m sorry, but he was out of line so you can’t blame me for acting like an asshole.

He’s like the Australian bully who got his ass kicked by the older bigger kid he was accosting and has now come out and said that he was the real victim of bullying. It’s this “woe is me” attitude that isn’t gaining “The Count” any new fans, especially in the U.S. where Davies says MMA fans and reporters are on a witch hunt to vilify Bisping.

He still has yet to admit that the knee he landed on Rivera while he was on the mat was intentional, which is likely not a coincidence.

Remember, the last Brit who suckered a smack-talking opponent and was banished from the Octagon forever (and not the Karo Parisyan sense, either). Paul Daley made the mistake of admitting that he intentionally ignored the closing bell of his UFC 113 bout with Josh Koscheck last May and suffered consequences far greater than Bisping, who lost out on his UFC 127 win bonus as a result of his antics, which UFC president Dana White termed as being “deliberate.”

Although he says the monetary penalty was something he couldn’t argue with, Bisping basically thumbed his nose at the punishment he received from the UFC.

“You could say that [it was a substantial fine], but I never expect the bonuses anyway, if I’m honest. As I said, I’m contracted with a certain amount of money which I am very, very happy with, the UFC have me on a very good contract, but you do your job, you are a good employee, you do your PR work, you put on a good fight, and nine times out of ten, they look after you,” Bisping boldly explained. “This time, I never received anything. Rightly so, I was out of order. And the UFC had to do something.”

Only the example the UFC set with the punishment, which seems like it was only done for appearances when you hear Bisping slough it off as being no big deal since he wasn’t expecting it, was one that won’t necessarily deter others from following Bisping’s unscrupulous lead.

Perhaps making him fight a tough opponent like Vitor Belfort, Alan Belcher or Yushin Okami would teach him a better lesson.

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SixFeet- March 24, 2011 at 12:53 pm

Yes nationalistic chants never occur at UFC events, I mean I never hear a crowd showering a fight with boo's simply because he's 'one of those dirty foreigners'.

I am English and the comments here are ridiculous. I have many friends that enjoy MMA and very few actually like Bisping, my self included. I find him just boring to watch. So stop projecting onto us your nationalism, that just because he is English we all must love him.

As far as the knee is corcerned what do people expect Bisping to do? Incriminate himself? The knee possibily was intentional, however you have no way of proving either way. It wasn't the first and it won't be the last illegal blow to occur in an MMA bout.

Maybe next time Rivera should focus more on training than making videos trying to rib his opponent perhaps? They were lauded as fantastic pieces of witicisms on here for being rather than what they were, unfunny videos with a dash of xenophobia.

Christ the roles were reversed at UFC 100 when Hendo smashed him a second time then admited he did it on purpose. Hell I loved it, I love Hendo. Then something comparable occurs and everyone is up-in-arms. It just shows the bias that is fogging your writing through your personnal feelings for the person.

Jesus all this bullshit is making me want to like Bisping just for all the annoyance and hatred it's causing some of you.
RwilsonR- March 24, 2011 at 12:30 pm
I agree that it sounded like a real apology, not a half-assed one. But I don't agree with jackasses like tallkitchenbags who think, "the american nationalism on display here is a bit nauseating..." None of this is due to American nationalism. If anything, it is a reaction to British nationalist nuthuggery. On virtually no website is there any sentiment of liking a fighter simply because they are American. Not even the comments section has many instances of this. The same can't be said for Bisping and the British fans.
tallkitchenbags- March 24, 2011 at 9:58 am
the american nationalism on display here is a bit nauseating, but bisping acted like a douche and i can't defend his actions. rivera deserved what he got, but at some point you would hope common sense and decency will take over. DW needs to set the bar higher and make his employees act like men.
MMA_Hole- March 24, 2011 at 9:25 am
@Seoul Brother: I'm not entirely sure it's Bisping with the sand in his vagina.
Douchey McDoucherton- March 24, 2011 at 8:26 am
CP is putting too much attention to this incident. We get it, you don't like Bisping. I'm starting to look at everyone that calls out Bisping just as much as a douche as he is. Rivera wrote a check that his ass couldn't cash. Deserved every bit of that ass beating. Rivera's a douchebag anyways, met him once and he was an complete prick, same as Carwin. He only did the videos thinking he would gain more fans. Bisping did him a favor in taking that fight.
BossNasty- March 24, 2011 at 7:38 am
@antfarmer and mr prez

You could say that but Rivera never complained about the knee did he? I don't feel sorry for Rivera cause he shouldn't have been getting knee'd. But regardless fuck Bisbitch and his gay retard brit accent
Seoul Brother- March 24, 2011 at 7:22 am
Insofar as trash talking is concerned, I agree with those of the Potato Nation that say that if you can't take the heat, shut the fuck up. That having been said, you respond to an attack with a similar attack IN THE APPROPRIATE ARENA. There's a time for trash talking and there's a time for cowboying the fuck up and fighting like a proper fighter and not a thug.

What - is Bisping a whiny little bitch because Rivera was the better trash talker? Unlike the octagon, when you're playing the dozens, ANYTHING is fair game. Too bad nobody told the little bitch that.

I'm done with hating on this little whiny troll. Unless he acts like a gentleman, I'm turning my back on his punk ass. I call for a Potato Ban. He has enough sand in his vagina for the rest of us.
Dagnut- March 24, 2011 at 7:18 am
So what ,fighters have done worse and will do worse I can't understand why this is dragging on so long apart from the fact people hate Bisping. Personally I think he's a decent fighter who puts on some good fights you don't to be mates with him. I think Sonnen will beat him handy but he has a few more good fights in him. Bispings from a tough background and Rivera got right under his skin..he's in there with his adrenalin pumping pretty a reaction like that isn't going to come as major surprise..this is fighting not golf. For the most part English fighters haven't competed at combat sports from a young age, like wrestlers, so the discipline can be a little bit lacking
thebolt- March 24, 2011 at 6:52 am
I hope Bisping starts illegal kneeing and spitting his way through every fight because it's funny how much it pisses CP off! We just CAN'T stop talking about it!

It wasn't that big a deal to start with. I thought it was funny. "Bad for the sport"...whatever. I thought it was great for the sport. People eat that shit up. Bisping is one of the biggest bad guys in MMA and people will pay to watch that. Now...lets move on.
Cokane- March 24, 2011 at 4:54 am
Sounds to me as though, if this nasty little small-minded article is anything to go by, Gareth A Davies was entirely correct about the 'witch hunt' that you referenced in a previous article.

The writing on this site gets more and more reminiscent of what you get on the sherdog forums every day which is a crying shame. There used to be genuine wit in these articles but more often than not these days its just nasty invective aimed at someone or other in the hope of a reaction. There's a word for that isn't there?

Anyway, I'm no great lover of Michael Bisping, but these type of spite-filled diatribes are getting tiresome. Fingers crossed for higher standards in future.
MMA_Hole- March 24, 2011 at 3:55 am
Another ridiculously biased anti-Bisping article. That doesn't sound like a half-assed apology to me. It's a perfectly decent one. Can you really attack him for explaining why he got out so bent out of shape? It's not like he's saying it's all Riveria's fault. He's acknowledging that the smack talk got to him and that he lost control. He even says he's learnt a lesson from it. What he's not saying is, 'I’m sorry, but he was out of line so you can’t blame me for acting like an asshole' as you state.

You also say that the apology can't be genuine because it was so long coming. I know you guys have a pretty selective memory but he apologised before he even left the cage. It was literally two minutes after the end of the fight when he first expressed regret.

As if that's not bad enough, you then attack him for not admitting that the illegal knee was deliberate. This isn't the first time you've stated as fact that the strike was definitely deliberate. The way I saw it, Riveria was getting to his feet and Bisping was waiting for the opportune time to throw the knee. He thought that Riveria was going to get up in one fluid movement but he didn’t, instead stopping on his knees. You can see Bisping looking down and the moment after he sees Riveria’s hands come off the matt he throws. If Riveria had got up in one fluid motion, as Bisping seemingly expected him to, the knee would have landed perfectly. He didn’t and Bisping mistimed the strike.

Only Mike himself knows if he really threw that strike intentionally but regardless, the scenario I’ve outlined above is incredibly common in MMA and if the knee had been thrown by anyone but Bisping, that person would have likely been afforded the benefit of the doubt.

I also don't see, “This time, I never received anything. Rightly so, I was out of order. And the UFC had to do something.” as Bisping thumbing his nose at his punishment.

We all get it, Bisping's a pantomime villain and a lot of MMA fans don't like him. These baseless gossip based articles are getting seriously tiresome though. Cage Potato used to be a great place to come for MMA news with a humorous spin. It's quickly becoming the TMZ of MMA sites.
fatbellyfrank- March 23, 2011 at 11:43 pm
@ Bitteralex, given the name of your website, Dana may not give you a booth at the fan day either, he can be a sensitive lil bastard.
Dubbayoo- March 23, 2011 at 9:39 pm
Let me get this straight..

Bisping says that he didn't intentionally knee Rivera. He didn't spit AT Rivera's cornerman, just on the ground. He said some words, but he doesn't remember what they were, yet that's what he's apologizing for. Not the knee. Not the spitting. Just for the stuff that he doesn't remember saying. That what was 'out of order,' what he regrets doing, and feels that no martial artist, role model, or father, should do. If only someone knew what that is. It make it easier to accept his apology.

And the public apology for the undisclosed things said is directed only to Dana White and the UFC. Not to Rivera, or the fans. But regardless, Bisping feels that now that he's apologized (for what? to who?), Rivera should "man up" and apologize too.. for what? to who?
intercept440- March 23, 2011 at 9:05 pm
call me an instigator , fuck it i dont care, think about it , all the cuntfucks we hate keep fucking winning... so ima turn my support to spitslingbingping... keep doing what your doing you english fuck. spit piss and shit on whatever cornerman pisses you off you cunty bastard... it makes for good tv OI!!!

then after its all good. Die.

noizy- March 23, 2011 at 9:01 pm
He didn't reply to the trash talk during the fight to be the better, right. But then loses his mind during the fight. Good job! Before the fight was the time to trash talk and act stupid. You're a punk ASBO. Assume it.
RwilsonR- March 23, 2011 at 7:30 pm
Rivera put money in Bisping's pocket. Nobody gave a shit about that fight until Rivera drummed up attention for it with his videos.
AndyInflammatory- March 23, 2011 at 7:21 pm
"He still has yet to admit that the knee he landed on Rivera while he was on the mat was intentional, which is likely not a coincidence."

he denied it was intentional - you think he's lying - we get it - maybe next time you could say it to his face
bitteralex- March 23, 2011 at 7:17 pm
it's true frank... shocking I know... but Dana white is a dick... breaking news I assure u... I should make my own mma news site...
fatbellyfrank- March 23, 2011 at 6:21 pm
@ Bitteralex,wait, hold on, Dana is a prick??? I thought the baldfather was civilisations only hope
bitteralex- March 23, 2011 at 5:47 pm
seriously cp.. another bisping article... its bad enough that the mere mention of the name bisping sends all the bisping haters into a comment frenzy but now we have to read cagepotato's hate on a regular basis... c'mon guys its getting a little old... do people really care that much?
yes its an empty apology.. but if you have ever followed any sports then you would be used to empty apologizes.. countless athletes have screwed up and issued lackluster apologizes to the fans/owners/teammates et al.
did you really have to point it out? do you really think your readers are infants? its like telling us dana white is a prick...
hooligun- March 23, 2011 at 5:44 pm
don't rag on the heals you pansy faggot mofos! you want cookie cutter, bland, corporate controlled dullards in MMA just like other sports?
nah, course you don't. but thats what we will be stuck with in years to come, mark my words...
enjoy the rascals while you can my friends.
the silver hawaiian- March 23, 2011 at 5:11 pm
Feed him to Vitor

war Sonnen- March 23, 2011 at 4:56 pm
Sonnen would tear bisping a new ass hole
and no guys i'm not saying that because i'm Chael's only fan.
Romanhelmut- March 23, 2011 at 4:41 pm
I am not sure who is the bigger cunt...him or Misha Tate?
Clyde- March 23, 2011 at 4:39 pm
Holy fuck! Bisping sympathisers!

Bring on Chael Sonnen. I found Chael's shit talking hillarious too, but then, it wasn't aimed at me. Bisping may not see the funny side of it this time (like he didn't with Rivera), but what's he gonna do? Stop chael taking him down and battering? Sub him off his back? Unlikely, and lets see how his cardio holds up when it's all he can do to even try to stay upright.

Bisping has not done well against good wrestlers (sadly like most of my fellow countrymen), but I'd love to see him fight Sonnen.