"That knee was deliberate, and I'll tell you exactly how I know this. I go to sweep him and he holds on to the fence. He holds on to the fence the whole time. And then, within 30 or 40 seconds of doing that, he knees me [illegally] in the head. I'm on all fours, he winds up and knees me in the head. Then he puts his hands up, walks over to my corner and says, 'He's the p-ssy.' Now if that wasn't deliberate, I don't know what the f-ck is.
"I was hurt, man. I was hurt. But the truth of it is, I knew that most of the people that were there, were there to watch this fight. I knew the hype was built up, they wanted to see it, and I didn't want it to end like that. It's just not in me to quit (...) I don't regret a thing I did. [Bisping] showed his true colors last night. That's all I've got to say about that. - For more from Jorge Rivera on his UFC 127 bout with Michael Bisping, visit MMAFighting.com
Just minutes into the UFC 127 co-main event, Michael Bisping landed an illegal knee that rocked Jorge Rivera as he emerged from the canvas. Rather than stop the fight, the cageside officials deducted a point from the Brit and allowed Rivera to continue. Though "El Conquistador" battled back into the second round, the end came after Bisping closed in on Rivera against the cage and unleashed a barrage of punches that lead to a TKO stoppage.
Following the bout, Bisping has been apologetic about his post fight antics, which included spitting at Rivera's corner, and insists that the illegal blow was simply a case of poor timing on his behalf. And while the knee strike has become subject to debate in the time since, it appears Rivera, for one, isn't buying it.