Michael Bisping (21-3 MMA, 11-3 UFC) now seems to be quite remorseful.
After winning by way of TKO over Jorge Rivera in the second round of their middleweight bout, an extremely hyped up Bisping spat in the direction of Rivera’s corner.
The incident sent shock waves through the organization and spectators, as well as placed a target on Bisping’s back. He has already been called out by fellow middleweight contenders Nate Marquardt and Chael Sonnen.
In an exclusive interview with UK-based publication The Telegraph, Bisping layed out his newfound feelings on the incident:
I 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 man 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.
Bisping admitted that the multitude of insults from Rivera leading up to the bout caused him to step into the octagon with boiling blood.
Leading up to the fight, I wanted to be the bigger man and not rise up to it, but as it gathered more momentum, my blood was boiling more and more inside. The guy [Jorge Rivera] and his team relentlessly mocked me for a couple of months on the internet, and they definitely crossed the line a couple of times… and I was provoked and if anyone says they didn’t see that they are either blind or pig-ignorant.
While many expected a fine plus a long suspension, UFC president Dana White revealed last week that the organization had withdrawn Bisping’s substantial $150,000 win bonus but made no indication of an actual suspension.
With no bouts of his own on the horizon, Bisping is currently a key member of Quinton Jackson’s training camp for the former champ’s UFC 130 bout against Matt Hamill.