Originally revealed by the fighter himself to website kimura.se following his cancelled-at-the-last-minute UFC 122 co-main event bout with Alessio Sakara, MMAJunkie.com is now reporting that Jorge Rivera may next be seen in the Octagon opposite UK standout Michael “The Count” Bisping. MMAJunkie’s sources have the bout taking place at the unofficial UFC 127 card that will likely be going down on February 27th at the Acer Arena in Sydney, Australia.
Jorge “El Conquistador” Rivera holds an overall MMA record of 19-7. A longtime veteran of the sport and an alum of the fourth season of The Ultimate Fighter (Rivera was a cast member on The Comeback edition of ‘TUF’ which featured established veterans facing off for a chance at the UFC belt), Rivera is currently on a three-fight winning streak having racked up wins over Nissen Osterneck, Rob Kimmons and Nate Quarry. Rivera has spent time in the cage opposite the likes of current UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva, former champ Rich Franklin, Chris Leben and Martin Kampmann and he holds notable wins over David Loiseau, Travis Lutter, Edwin Deewees and Kendall Grove.
20-3 as a professional, Michael Bisping has made it well known that he is searching for a title shot, but the Wolfslair Academy product will likely need to add to his current two-fight winning streak before he gets there. “The Count” recently rebounded from a unanimous decision loss to Wanderlei Silva by scoring two unanimous decision wins of his own over Dan Miller and Yoshihiro Akiyama. Bisping is also a ‘TUF’ alum (from the third season) and holds notable wins over Chris Leben and Denis Kang. His three career losses have come against Rashad Evans, Dan Henderson and Silva.
Though the UFC and Rivera’s camp both seem to be in favor of the bout, the fight may not happen as “El Conquistador’s” manager Lex McMahon recently told MMAWeekly.com that he believes Bisping will not accept the offer to face Rivera.
“UFC likes the fight, we like the fight, but I don’t think Bisping is man enough to fight Jorge,” McMahon said. “He has no warrior spirit, he knows Jorge will break his will and crush him.”
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