Alchemist Management: Jorge Rivera fought with heart when others would have quitPosted on February 27, 2011, 01:52 AM by Joey Santosus
Michael Bisping's knee to Jorge Rivera's face in the first round of their fight at UFC 127 was illegal and flush on Rivera's face. But instead of taking a dive and possibly the win, Jorge fought on unlike other fighters who would have used it as an excuse to get the W. Michael Bisping tagged Jorge while BOTH of his knees were on the canvas. When was the last time you saw that? Answer-Never. Jorge was dazed but fought on anyway. How many fighters would be able to do so?
For all of Bisping's big talk of being more of a professional than Jorge, he still used a homophobic slur during the weigh ins and then spit on Rivera's coaches when the fight was over. How can you claim to be more of a professional after that? Jorge was completely justified in saying Michael Bisping is ruled by his emotions.
The stoppage was quick, but we won't fight it. Michael Bisping won fair and square and as Jorge said before the fight, if he wins, he wins. That's all there is to it. - Jorge Rivera's Management
The bitter grudge between Michael Bisping and Jorge Rivera quickly made it one of the most anticipated bouts of the UFC 127 line-up. As the match-up got underway, it was clear that each fighter was prepared to mix it up. While the striking remained fairly even, it wasn't long before Bisping shot in and successfully executed a takedown. Things took a turn for the worse as Rivera began to emerge and was struck in the head with an illegal knee. Although it appeared the fight would be stopped, as Rivera was noticeably shaken by the blow, "El Conquistador" insisted he could fight on and so the bout continued. Other than a heavy right hand that rocked the Brit in the second round, it was all Bisping from there. After a quick recovery, Bisping unleashed a flurry of punches that resulted in a second round TKO stoppage.
Following the bout, many argued that the victory was tainted, overshadowed by the illegal strike. Others feel as though Rivera's decision to continue was evidence of his recovery. So what do you think Lowkickers? Did the knee change the course of the fight? Should Bisping have been disqualifed? Voice your thoughts in the comments section below.
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