Jorge “El Conquistador” Rivera was set to appear in his most high-profile bout to date earlier this month, against Alessio Sakara in the co-main event of the Spike TV-broadcasted UFC 122 event. That bout never came to fruition though, as at the very last minute Sakara was forced to withdraw with sever flu-like symptoms–possibly related to his weight cut. Either way, Rivera was out of an opponent and a slot on a UFC card which would likely have provided him with a good amount of exposure.
The Massachusetts-stationed fighter was still awarded his show money, and the added bonus of likely getting an even higher-profile bout against UK standout Michael “The Count” Bisping. Speaking during an appearance on the Sherdog Radio Network’s Beatdown program, Rivera gave his thoughts on the highly likely bout.
“I promise you that I’m going to come to fight. If Michael Bisping comes to fight, then we’re going to have a good fight,” Rivera said. “I know it will make for a good fight. I think I can knock him out. I think I have what it takes to keep him standing and to knock him out.”
Bisping recently indicated in a video blog that he would be fighting this upcoming February and that Rivera is on the list of opponents he may take on. Rivera is anxious for the bout to be finalized and told Sherdog that he had Bisping in mind as a prospective opponent as soon as his fight with Sakara was cancelled.
“I was honestly thinking right away what would be a good fight for me, and I just thought that Michael Bisping would be a good fight,” he said. “That’s why I asked for it.”
Rivera is currently on a three-fight winning streak, having racked up victories over Nissen Osterneck, Rob Kimmons and Nate Quarry, respectively. He last appeared in action in March of last year against Quarry at UFC Fight Night 21.