What should have been a moment of triumph for Michaerl Bisping at UFC 127 turned ugly as he castigated a prone Rivera, shouted at the TKO’d man’s corner team and then spat in the direction of one of them. Fans - never slow to jump on Bisping anyway - were in uproar and it seems the UFC has taken note.
“He is in trouble!” UFC president Dana White texted to Fighters Only today when we asked for clarification of the situation. Previous reports had suggested Bisping will face a fine or suspension, though these did not cite a source.
Call Bisping humourless if you want, but not everyone has to respond to mockery with a self-deprecating smile. Bisping responded to it by battering Rivera - that series of right hands near the end of the fight was one of the most venomous endings we’ve ever seen.
There is no word as yet on the kind of punishment that Bisping might be facing but he is not the villain he is being made out to be in some quarters.
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