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Rivera’s People Tell Demian Maia to Keep his Filthy Hands Off Michael Bisping

(Hearing that punching him in the face is becoming so popular, Bisping wants to see what all the fuss is about. PicProps: Sherdog)

OK, quick show of hands: Are there any resurgent UFC middleweights out there who don’t want to fight Michael Bisping? C’mon guys, anybody? … Anybody? This is going to be a problem.

Granted, you don’t have to hang around Bisping very long to understand why he’s considered one of MMA’s most-punchable faces, but it still strikes us as odd that the former “TUF” winner has suddenly become the go-to guy for 185-pounders who want to make a name for themselves. In just the last month or so, Alessio Sakara, Jorge Rivera and Demian Maia have all publicly stated their desire to fight Bisping. The Brit is so sought-after in fact that his potential suitors are now arguing amongst themselves about who should get the first chance at him. Case-in-point: After Maia told following last weekend’s win over Kendall Grove that there was talk of a potential bout between himself and Bisping, Rivera’s manager essentially told Maia to step the fuck off on Wednesday.

"Demian’s comments are misplaced," the awesomely-named Lex McMahon told MMA Junkie. "It’s Jorge’s fight. He’s going to carry the torch and he’s going to take Bisping out … Maia is out there trying to promote a fight and that’s fine. I respect that. It’s what I do for my guys, but it’s Jorge’s fight. Period."

Word is that Rivera was offered the fight with Bisping “only moments” after his scheduled bout with Sakara was canceled due to the Italian’s weak stomach. McMahon says bout agreements have now been signed by both parties and it’s still expected to go down at UFC 127 in Australia. Not that the UFC is above yanking the rug out from under a guy at the last minute, right Jake Ellenberger?

As we told you a week ago, Bisping is getting a little knackered that all these wankers want a row with him, but since he says he intends to punish Rivera by beating him up in the cage, calling him out seems like one of the easier PR tricks in the game today. As for McMahon employing the “we saw him first” defense against Maia’s attempts to horn in on “El Conquistador’s” networking opportunities … well, we’re dealing with MMA fighters here … what do you think McMahon’s proposed solution is?

"If Maia wants to step up after Jorge beats Bisping, Jorge’s happy to fight him," McMahon said. "Jorge’s job is to put on exciting fights and to create an amazing experience for the fans while he does so. That’s his job and he’s going to do it."

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omnitech- December 13, 2011 at 11:08 pm
An interesting blog.. sure beats all the IT Support blogs.
alicks- December 9, 2010 at 8:48 am
@MoTropolis: Wrong McMahon. Lex is Ed McMahon's son.
MMA_Hole- December 9, 2010 at 1:51 am
It seems to be that calling out Bisping isn't the greatest move. Every fight he has the message boards explode with how this next opponent will destroy him and how he's not ready for this level of competition. Then Bisping smashes them and suddenly everyone agrees that that opponent was never all that good in the first place. Bisping doesn't just beat his opponents, he makes nobodies out of them.
Meaot- December 8, 2010 at 4:08 pm
So Bisping's the hot cheerleader everyone on the team wants to fuck?
Kimbos Bread- December 8, 2010 at 3:32 pm
Chromium- December 8, 2010 at 2:40 pm
Only one way to settle this: Gauntlet Match.

Everyone should get a chance to KTFO Michael Bisping.
Gener- December 8, 2010 at 12:48 pm
If I were a fighter trying to raise my profile like Maia or Rivera I'd "count" on using the wanker too. There's this nasty rumor on the street that Bisping is actually a contender...
dhx711- December 8, 2010 at 12:16 pm
WTF? What is this, 3rd grade? Who called "dibs" first?
LOKI- December 8, 2010 at 11:58 am
would rather see Bisping vs Marquart and Maia vs Rivera

and Grove vs Paul Harris just for shitz and giggles
Mr.ChandellaPowell- December 8, 2010 at 11:25 am
Vince Luger or Vince Luthor
RwilsonR- December 8, 2010 at 10:58 am
Demian Maia vs. Bisping makes a hell of a lot more sense in regards to the MW division, but it won't be nearly as satisfying to watch as Rivera knocking Bisping the fuck out. Although, if Rivera just gets jabbed to death by Bisping, I am going to be pissed off that we didn't get to see Maia break Bisping's arm. And if Bisping is able to jab out a win against both of them, then I want to see Palhares rip the shit out of every tendon and ligament in his knees.
O Chan- December 8, 2010 at 10:55 am
Stop me if you heard this: So an Italian, a Puerto Rican, and a Brazilian walk into an English Pub...
Morningwood- December 8, 2010 at 10:53 am
You can't call out the UK Middleweight champ like this. He is a respected title holder and..... damn I can't do it. Bisping needs to get KTFO again Hendo style!
Koeikan- December 8, 2010 at 10:51 am
caption is win
Morningwood- December 8, 2010 at 10:47 am
Lex Lugar and Vince McMahon had a son together?
MoTropolis- December 8, 2010 at 10:36 am
Lex McMahon is Vince McMahon's son and business partners with MC Hammer.