Michael “The Count” Bisping confirmed the rumored bout with Jorge Rivera taking place at the unofficial UFC 127 card that will likely be going down on February 27th at the Acer Arena in Sydney, Australia. Bisping revealed that Rivera wasn’t his first choice, but that he’s fine with the match-up.
“I was after a higher-profile opponent, I asked for Nate Marquardt, I was hoping for someone like that,” said Bisping in a video blog he has just released, which you can check out at the end of this post.
“But if it has to be Jorge Rivera it has to be Jorge Rivera, I have no qualms with that. He has been around a long time he is on a good win streak and he is a solid opponent.”
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.
What do you think of a Bisping-Rivera bout? Does it make sense and who do you see winning? Let us know how you feel in the comments section below. You can check out Bisping’s blog below: