Since the incident, Bisping came under heavy fire from the UFC President Dana White, fans, fighters and the media, who unanimously accused “The Count” for disgracing the sport. In his statement, Bisping once again denied that he ever spit on Rivera’s cornermen, but still declared himself “ashamed” of what happened:
“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 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…. 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 apologized. It was out of order.” – quote via MMAMania.com.
The identity of Michael Bisping‘s next opponent is yet to be determined, with Chael Sonnen, Vitor Belfort and Nate Marquardt all expressing their interest in fighting the Brit. Bisping is currently 21-3 in his MMA career, enjoying a three-fight winning streak with victories over Dan Miller, Yoshihiro Akiyama, and of course, Jorge Rivera.