(“So then I say, ‘Chuck Liddell? Why, he’d get knocked out if a feather landed on his chin.’ Oh, we had quite a laugh and … what? Ah crap, he’s standing right behind me, isn’t he?” PicProps: Lutaluta.com)
Admittedly, it’s a little weird that Jorge Rivera went straight from getting stood up by a rotten-tuna-fish-infested Alessio Sakara at UFC 122 into a co-main event spot against Michael Bisping at February’s UFC 127. Who knew working your way up the middleweight ladder was this easy? Still, Rivera vs. Bisping seems like a decent little fight (and Rivera has at least a puncher’s chance, maybe better to actually win) so we’re not going to complain about it. You know who is going to complain about it, though? Michael Bisping of course. The UFC’s European Middleweight Champion is apparently so upset about guys continually calling him out that he told MMA Junkie this week he feels compelled to teach them a lesson by, uh, fighting them.
So I guess calling out Michael Bisping actually totally works.
In fact, Bisping is so offended that he has to fight Rivera that he went all third person on it in conversation with the Junkie and became possibly the first man in history to use the word "bigwig" as a verb. He also started swearing – which the Junkie mercifully censored from our virgin ears – and repeating himself a lot, but maybe that’s normal for a guy who recently got knocked into the living death by Dan Henderson.
"They’re all just jumping on the bandwagon that it’s cool to hate Bisping," says the suddenly humble and mild-mannered Brit, about all these motherfuckers who keep calling him out. "I don’t give anyone any [expletive]. I live in a tiny town in the northwest of England. I don’t bump into anyone. I’m not going around to all the fights and bigwigging it and going to parties and getting in everyone’s face and talking [expletive] … I’m looking after my three kids and keeping a low profile. These [expletive] jump on the bandwagon (and think) it’s cool to hate Bisping, and they all talk [expletive] trying to score points."
Hey, frankly this is a great move for a guy like Rivera. As you probably know, El Conquistador is riding a three-fight win streak in the Octagon and has won six of his last eight overall, but that success has come largely over noobs, noaccounts and Nate Quarry. The timing therefore was perfect for Rivera to call out a Bisping or Wanderlei Silva type, and you can’t blame him for choosing the meeker of the two punchers. A win here unexpectedly puts Rivera in the mix at 185-pounds while a loss doesn’t murder his career. If anything, it just remands him back to the level of fighting guys like Alessio Sakara in places like Germany.
Unfortunately, Bisping fails to see the strategy in all this.
"He’s acting like an [expletive], and nothing but an [expletive]," says ‘The Count’ in a quote so heavily redacted that it’s hard to tell exactly what he’s trying to say. "He’s not being professional. He’s just being a prick."
One thing I do know for sure: Bisping’s rhetorical strategy of trying to stop guys from calling him out by giving them exactly what they want? That doesn’t seem like it’s going to be that effective. Believe me, I know. Sometimes my fiancé complains so much about me not doing the dishes that I fucking do the shit out of the dishes. All of them. Even flatware. Just to spite her.
That’ll teach that bitch to fuck with me.