During his active days as an MMA fighter, Michael Bisping He was known for his trashy talk and uncanny ability to get on people's nerves. But the
During his active days as an MMA fighter, Michael Bisping He was known for his trashy talk and uncanny ability to get on people’s nerves.
But the former UFC middleweight champion has revealed that it was Jorge Rivera who really managed to get into his head. In an episode of his podcast Believe You Me , ‘The Count’ said Rivera made him so nervous that he wanted to “kill the guy.”
«The one who bothered me the most is Jorge Rivera. I wanted to kill that guy… We talked about it a lot many times, but yeah, that definitely got into my head and that little idiot coach I had, I forget his name but yes, there you have it, Jorge Rivera ».
The rivalry between Michael Bisping and Jorge Rivera
Michael Bisping and Jorge Rivera fought at UFC 127. In the lead-up to the fight, Rivera said many unpleasant things about ‘El Conde’, his family and his heritage.
Bisping had a chance for revenge on February 27, 2011. The fight started on an unfortunate note for the Englishman. A point was deducted for landing an illegal knee on Rivera. Soon after, Bisping finished ‘El Conquistador’ via punching in the second round of the fight.
But the animosity between the two fighters did not end after the fight. After the victory, Michael Bisping spat at one of Rivera’s cornerbacks and followed him with the words “Go home, loser!” Later, in a backstage interview with MMA journalist Ariel Helwani, Bisping apologized for his actions.
«I was spitting on the ground just to let you know what I thought of him… I apologize for that, I never want to act like this. I apologize for losing my cool … He said many things, made fun of the world to see me and I tried to bite my tongue and take the higher ground, but once I started to let my fists fly, it was as if the floodgates of the emotion opened up and everything came out boiling… I didn’t mean to spit. So I apologize for that with all my heart.