Michael Bisping Apologizes For UFC 127 Behavior, Looks Forward To ‘Verbal Sparring’ With Chael Sonnen

It’s been several weeks since UFC 127 when Michael Bisping seemingly pissed off every MMA fan and fighter in existence when he illegally kneed Jorge Rivera then proceeded to spit on his corner after the fight. Bisping was smart to let everyone’s emotions cool down before the addressing the situation and now that the incident is yesterday’s news, Bisping has chosen to issue his apology and express his remorse in an interview with The Telegraph (though not without reiterating that he only intended to spit on the ground, not on Rivera’s actual cornerman).

“I went into the fight very angry. I let it get the better of me after the fight. I want to make it clear – I never spat on his cornerman.  I spat on the floor to let him know what I thought of him…I said some words…I’m not even sure what the words were now, that was immediately after the fight had finished.  After that, I instantly apologised. It was out of order.”

“As a father, as a mixed martial artist, or possibly even as a role model, it’s not a way I should be behaving.  It’s not how a mixed martial artist should be acting; not how any many should be acting. Of course, I do regret it, and I owe Dana [White, UFC CEO], and the UFC an apology and I won’t be acting like that again.”

Given that his apology was the primary message he wanted to get across, Bisping didn’t respond to any of the comments professional trash-talker Chael Sonnen made about him following the incident. But that doesn’t mean he won’t in the future. Bisping says he looks forward to “verbally sparring” with Sonnen if that’s the opponent the UFC lines up for him.

“People can talk smack about me all they like, they have in the past, you only have to look at any one of a number of websites out there…I have no problem with that. What [Jorge Rivera] was doing was that he was insinuating my partner had a sexually transmitted diseases, talking crap about my country, crap about my family, insinuating I was not even English, chanting a song that I was a d— d— d—,  it just went over the top really and  I shouldn’t have let it get to me. But it did.”

“If it is to be Chael Sonnen, he does trash talk a lot. But a lot of things that come out of his mouth I piss myself laughing; I think he’s hilarious. He comes out with good smack talk. If it was to be him next, I’d look forward to the verbal sparring, but I’m sure he wouldn’t go to the depths of offence that this guy [Rivera] did. It was out of order,  and if anyone went to those lengths again, I would simply not rise to it. I’m ashamed of myself and I have apologised, he [Rivera] should be man enough to do the same.”

As for his Bisping’s punishment, Dana White revealed last week that they didn’t give him his bonus. Bisping confirmed that, saying “after nearly every fight they have gone above and beyond the call of duty and given me a very, very generous bonus. And that didn’t happen this time.”

Image via Dan Herbetson for MMA Fighting

  • Berezansky

    Classy guy this one

  • smh

    lololol yea and sonnen didnt use steroids for the silva fight get out of here this guy is a low life scum who spits on people like a female(pumpkin from flav of luv)

  • i like sexy time

    Michael Bisping vs Chael Sonnen please Dana. I would love this fight to happen imagine all the trash talk. I will look forward to bisping getting KOd after Sonnen pops his hormone pills.

  • warriordave927

    Hope that bisping vs sonnen happens and I hope sonnen kicks his a$$,I can’t stand bisping and if he was really sorry he should’ve apologized right after the situation,he didn’t even apologize to riveras corner he just apologized to Dana to try and get back on his good side,hope you get put to sleep like in your fightvwith sendo

    • warriordave927

      Fight with hendo

  • MMA Jedi

    i hope that too but thats not what will happen and im glad for that bcuz sonnen will get on top and G&P the shit out of him for 3 rounds – at best hes a gate keeper for 185

  • sandman

    Would love to see that fight!!

  • Fantom

    Personally I don’t think Bisping can beat Sonnen, but that doesn’t mean it won’t be one of the most exciting trash talking matches of all time! Please make this fight happen! Sonnen by 3 rounds of ground and pound to a clear cut decision.

  • RovingRaider

    I would just like to point out something about all the videos that Jorge Rivera did, In some of those videos he attacked Bispings home country and personally attacked Bisping for being English, now im Australian and there is nothing i like more than a good old shot at the English, but if Bisping had said the same things to Rivera about being Puerto Rican he would have been labelled a RACIST.

    • Stiveyy

      Totally agree with u.

  • JudgeDread

    Bisping is so full of shit.

    He’s claiming that Jorge Rivera was calling his wife a derogatory term when the joke he made was nothing of the sort. Jorge made a comment about Koala’s having a high rate of STD’s but the joke was meant as an obvious non-sequitor. The fact is that Jorge Rivera hyped his fight in one of the most childishly innocen and hilarious fashions we get in professional sports and Bisping couldn’t take that he was being out-shined by a guy who was supposed to be less popular and less exposed than he was.

    I don’t know how Bisping gets to keep his job and Daley gets a permanent ban from the UFC. Spitting is as disgraceful an act as any and so was the illegal knee he threw. Anyone who watched the event could see that he clearly hit Rivera’s corner man with the spit and intentionally target Rivera’s head for the knee. “The Count” get’s no quarter with me and shouldn’t for any MMA fan.

    I can’t wait to watch Sonnen give Bisping his walking paper.

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