Michael Bisping Talks Rivera Fight, Post Fight Actions
Michael Bisping closed out his feud with Jorge Rivera by taking a second round TKO victory from the Boston native but the fight wasn't without controversy as an illegal knee from Bisping may have played a role in the fight and a post fight spitting incident likely didn't garner Bisping any new fans despite his performance in the fight.
At the post fight press conference, Bisping talked about the fight (Via MMAJunkie.com)
"He was very, very insulting towards me – very insulting, He was mocking me on the Internet. He was saying all kinds of things, making stupid videos talking about myself and my family – all kinds of stuff. I bit my tongue and said nothing, but it just kind of blew up inside me, and I blew up a little bit. I apologize for that.
"I shouldn't behave like that, but I think he just needs to accept he got beat and get over it."
"He definitely motivated me. "It made me train harder. Trash-talk is part of the game. You've got to take that on chin sometimes, which I should have done a little bet better.
"I did let it get to me a little too much. As I said, I apologize for that, but I'm an emotional guy, and I wear my heart on my sleeve. Everything that comes out of my mouth I mean from the heart."
"The knee certainly wasn't on purpose. You get excited in the heat of the fight. He was getting up off the ground. I had him in a Thai clinch. I was waiting to time it to knee him in the head. I got a little over-excited and pulled the trigger too early. It happens quite a lot. It's a fast-moving sport.
"I certainly didn't mean to do it, and I was very glad that the fight was able to continue. No one wants to see a fight won or lost in that fashion."