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Video: Michael Bisping Spits at (or Near) Jorge Rivera’s Cornermen

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It’s bad enough that Michael Bisping drilled an illegal knee into Jorge Rivera‘s dome in the first round of their UFC 127 co-main event — 100% intentional, if you ask Jorge. He also followed up his TKO victory by stalking over to Rivera’s corner and spitting at his team, who had participated in Rivera’s video insults and had allegedly (according to Bisping) been hurling verbal abuse at the Count after the fight.

As a result, Rivera’s team wants Bisping fined and suspended. Bisping later apologized for his behavior, but told Ariel Helwani that the knee was unintentional and the loogie wasn’t aimed outside the cage:

“No, not at all, I was spitting on the floor to him to let him know what I thought of him,” Bisping said. “And I apologize for that, I’d never want to act like that. I apologize for losing my cool. He talked a lot of things, he said a lot of things, he mocked me for the world to see. And I tried to bite my tongue and take the higher ground, but once I started letting my fists fly, it was like the floodgates of emotion opened and it all came boiling out. I said something and I was spitting on the floor to let him know what I thought of him. I didn’t mean to spit though, so I do apologize.”

Bisping’s win over Rivera will likely qualify him for a follow-up fight against a top middleweight contender, and Vitor Belfort is already angling for the gig. Though maybe a heel vs. heel bout against Chael Sonnen would be even more interesting. If Bisping was enraged by Rivera’s weird little video parodies, you can just imagine how he’d react to the most aggressive hater in MMA history.

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fingerssfv- March 1, 2011 at 12:26 am
Now, how many of you fans liked Bisping before this fight? That's what I thought. You're gonna talk sh*t about him, no matter what he does. If some punk and his cronies did what Rivera did to Bisping, if they did that to me, when we get in that cage, I'm gonna do anything and everything possible to fu*k this bi*ch sissy up and because his crew is on the other side of the cage, I can't get my hands on them, so if I can spit at them, I will. Who gives a fu*k? I suppose you all wouldn't do anything like that, huh? I bet most of you had spjit at others in your own lifetimes. I have. When a punk talks shit knowing I can't get to them, I'll get to them one way or the other. Any punk talk that kind of trash to me, I'm gonna do my best to fu*k his a*s up.. Just like Bisping did. SO you all hate Bisping. You really think it hurts his feelings? You really think he gives a sh*t what you think? Of course if Rivera and his sissies did that sh*t to you, you wouldn't have done what Bisping did, right? Yeah, right! Bullsh*t! You just hate Bisping. He beat Rivera's a*s!
fingerssfv- March 1, 2011 at 12:14 am
Jorge Rivera and his cornermen deserved what was due. They all participated in quite a campaign against Michael Bisping, yet Bisping never did or said anything adverse to Rivera for him to rant about Bisping. So as far as I'm concerned, Bisping let it loose and wanted Rivera's a*s so bad that he was going to beat him down, even if a knee popped up. As for Rivera's crew, screw them sissies. Let Rivera cry about getting his a*s beat. If he wanted t ocry about the knee, he should have had the fight stopped, instead of continuing. That was his choice, so no one can claim that caused him to lose. No, his mouth caused Bisping to beat his a*s. He hates these punks now. They started this crap, but he ended it, didn't he? They want more, get in the cage with him. He'll do it to them also. Maybe next time, Rivera will keep his stupid mouth shut, before fighting his next opponent. Unless he likes losing, of course.
Under Banga- February 28, 2011 at 4:02 pm
I thought flippin the bird while waiting in a neutral corner was crass as well .
Eat a bowl of dicks Micheal .
kazekage7- February 28, 2011 at 3:03 pm

article about Wolfslair no showing their afterparty. It was a very dodgy event with shady dj's and a crap location. hahahhaha
RwilsonR- February 28, 2011 at 2:54 pm
@ Videodrome - I gotcha, buddy. I agree that there should definitely be some universality in the application of rules, but I don't know that we can ever expect it in terms of fan outrage.
I was just saying that the knee might not have looked full power, but it still could have done a lot of damage.
fatbellyfrank- February 28, 2011 at 1:00 pm
Bisping is a low breed of human, his actions have spoken for him on many occasions, whats this, the third time he's taken a win after illegally kneeing his opponents in the head?
thurmonator- February 28, 2011 at 12:43 pm
We do realize that he also apologized to DeMarcus Johnson on TUF 9 for squirting water in his face after wrongfully accusing him of making a "racist comment," and then went right back into the camera and said he wasn't sorry because he hates Demarcus, right?
jfjjfjff- February 28, 2011 at 12:15 pm
with respect KarmaAteMyCat, you are extremely off base here: "I just think the shit talking should be at least controlled to a degree." personal responsibility: one has to control ones self.

if bisping acted like an honorable gentleman we would all be saying "good for bisping winning. rivera should check himself." but the reality of the situation is that no matter how much shit talking went on, bisping CLEARLY was the worse sportsman.
cripplerfan1988- February 28, 2011 at 11:42 am
People are quick to judge Bisping but fact is he stayed quiet prior to the fight and got caught up in the moment and made a mistake. But put it this way, how many of you would have been able to stay as quiet as Bisping did before the fight when being constantly insulted by your opponent and his camp?
Seoul Brother- February 28, 2011 at 11:26 am
And by that I mean if you dish it out, you fucking well better be able to take it. Any beef you have with your opponent ends when the judges hand their decision or when the ref raises one hand. How goddamn hard is that to comprehend?
Seoul Brother- February 28, 2011 at 11:19 am
@Karma: If it was one of those "heat of the moment" situations, then Michael Bisping has all the cognitive processing power of a moldy walnut. He has not displayed that he can take as much crap as he dishes out. God forbid he should have fought an asshole like Tito in his trash-talking prime. I guarantee that Michael Bisping would have flung poop on him. Michael Bisping has always been a sad excuse for a man and he does not display the common courtesy one would expect of trash talking in the ring or octagon. Christ, even pro wrestlers are better gentlemen than Bisping.
Videodrome_NOW- February 28, 2011 at 11:18 am
If you read my previous posts you would see I am not defending Bisping, just arguing how big a deal the knee actually was. I thought that the Noons' fight against Gurgel was way more blatant and powerful, but no one said shit about it. Everyone is wanting Bisping to pay for what he did, when so many others have been let off the hook for illegal shit they did. People want to call GSP a greaser when there are multiple videos of Anderson Silva wiping his face vaseline all over his body. Just saying everyone thinks they are right when in fact both parties could be right or wrong for that matter.
KarmaAteMyCat- February 28, 2011 at 11:14 am
Tell us how you really feel please.
I just think the shit talking should be atleast controlled to a degree I think the knee was deliberate I think the spitting crossed the line. I don't know about the knee though IT COULD have been just one of those in the moment type of situations.
Seoul Brother- February 28, 2011 at 11:08 am
Fuck Bisping. Fuck that whiny little berk. Fuck him and his goddamn slag mother. I wish Bisping's father pulled out early and glazed her face like a donut.
KarmaAteMyCat- February 28, 2011 at 11:05 am
Dana just announced he's going to handle Bisping spitting at the cornermen!
k-onda- February 28, 2011 at 11:00 am
Oh, I'm sorry, am I the only one who thought he was an adult? Anyone who thinks it's justifiable to act like Bisping has is/should be in elementary school. So a guy teased you like a damn infant, so that give you the right to act like more of an infant?
How many occasions has he been the one mocking people?
How many times has he claimed to be an "ambassador for the sport?" Or that he's a "professional?" I don't care how much he spews those lines, he's among the last to ever be considered an ambassador or professional representative of MMA, just saying.
And yeah, nobody should have to "ask" that he be fined and suspended. Of course he should be, that goes without saying, really.
RwilsonR- February 28, 2011 at 11:00 am
@ Videodrome - whether or not the knee was "full power" doesn't really matter. It is where and how it hit him, and it caught him flush, for sure. And it was illegal. Jorge was clearly concussed afterwards, unless you want to believe he was faking.
How many times have you seen an errant, off-balance punch totally KO someone? It doesn't need to be totally full power to accomplish its illegal goal.
Buff Frank Mir- February 28, 2011 at 10:43 am
Talking crap is usually to hype a fight and if its real bad blood then it intensifies it, but at the end of the day you have to have some respect for a man for getting in there with you love or hate! Lesnar and Bisping showed no respect for the sport as a whole.
KarmaAteMyCat- February 28, 2011 at 10:40 am
No he is a complete douchebag but his actions were garnered from Jorges action prior to the fight.
I completely agree with you im just saying that I can't condone or condemn it. It's one of those situations were in all honesty I'm torn between calling him a douchebag and cheering him on.
Buff Frank Mir- February 28, 2011 at 10:38 am
I agree 100% except i was going for Rivera, but had nothing invested in it. I try to watch fights unbaisedly unless a fav is in it but that was horrible and very unexceptable.
El Guapo- February 28, 2011 at 10:36 am
"I was spitting on the floor.."

BWAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH Just like when you tried kneeing him in the solarplexus but accidentally caught him in head?
GILL-uh-TEEN- February 28, 2011 at 10:32 am
@ccman ftw. Really covers all points.
mmafightjunkie- February 28, 2011 at 10:26 am
Regardless of what you think about the pre fight hype, they manner in which bispbing conducted himself after the fight was completely unprofessional. Emotions run high in all competitive sports, athletes at the top level represent their sport, bispbing is a disgrace in that regard. The guy kept claiming he was more mature and talked about taking the high road, then shows a complete lack of maturity, integrity, sportsmanship, and class. Hard to respect the man, or his performance in the cage.
RSparrow- February 28, 2011 at 10:24 am
No fighter "has it coming" with a blatantly illegal shot.
What a fucking tool this guy, squirting water in another guys face for no reason, cheating in a fight, and spitting on someone and lying about it. I hope that his face gets pounded soon.
ArmFarmer- February 28, 2011 at 10:24 am
This is actually the first time I've ever rooted for Bisping. I can't stand the guy either, but I also can't stand the level of disrespect Rivera threw at him for weeks leading up to the fight. He got what he deserved in my opinion. That's what happens when you don't know your place, you get put in it. He made the bed, then Bisping made him take a nap in it.