With Michael Bisping to be disciplined by the UFC for spitting at the corner of Jorge Rivera following his UFC 127 win, Bisping’s Wolfslair team has gone on the offensive with a statement blasting Rivera’s coach for his conduct surrounding Sunday’s bout in Sydney, Australia.
“In five years of competing in the UFC at every level, we have never encountered a more unprofessional outfit as Jorge Rivera’s camp,” Wolfslair’s Anthony McGann said.
According to Wolfslair, Bisping had “no problem” with a series of taunting videos released by Rivera because they added hype to the matchup, but took issue with cornerman Matt Phinney’s actions before and after the fight.
“The real problems begin in the hotel in Australia,” the statement read. “As always fighters are staying in close proximity in the hotel for over a week and during the day the camps pass each other. Normally the fighters will be tense with their opponent but the teams always remain neutral and polite. Rivera’s crew were mocking mike and laughing at him and Jorge even gave an interview to Fanhouse saying if Mike was a man he would confront him in the hotel.
“This situation was the reason for the emotional weigh-ins and throughout the catalyst was Phinney. In fact Rivera had two more coaches who never participated in any of this, they did act professional. It was always Rivera and Phinney.”
Bisping’s team said his illegal knee in the opening round of the fight was unintentional and admitted to spitting on the floor near Phinney, but said no one was hit and already apologized for the incidents.
Pictured: Michael Bisping