Don’t cry too hard for Jorge Rivera, who was left holding his dick in Germany after Alessio Sakara succumbed to illness hours before the event began. Not only did he get paid his show money (like Sakara), he was paid his win bonus too. On top of all this, it sounds like the UFC is rolling forward as if Rivera actually HAD won. According to Rivera, he’ll be facing off against Michael Bisping in Australia for February’s UFC 127. I like the fight, but only because I like the idea of Bisping possibly getting knocked out by a 38 year old journeyman on his last roll around the octagon.
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*UPDATE* Oh, the perils of covering MMA news as it happens. It sounds like no one talked to Michael Bisping about this fight and considering Lil Lord Bisping thinks he’s one step away from a title shot, it shouldn’t be surprising that he might be turning down this fight:
Speaking to MMAWeekly.com on Sunday, Rivera’s manager Lex McMahon of Alchemist Management stopped just short of calling Bisping a coward, and said the fight may not happen.
“UFC likes the fight, we like the fight, but I don’t think Bisping is man enough to fight Jorge,” McMahon said in a text message on Sunday. “He has no warrior spirit, he knows Jorge will break his will and crush him.”
Translation: “Yeah we agree the fight doesn’t make much sense, but we’re hoping that impinging on Bisping’s manhood will make him take the fight anyways.”