Michael “The Count” Bisping recently released a video blog confirming a long-rumored matchup between himself and Jorge “El Conquistador” Rivera. Rivera had indicated that the match was being worked towards after his UFC 122 bout with Alessio Sakara was canceled and, despite Bisping’s desire for a “higher-profile opponent,” “The Count” has agreed to face “El Conquistador.”
“Its gonna be Jorge Rivera, co-main event I am led to believe…,” Bisping said. “I was after a higher-profile opponent, I asked for Nate Marquardt, I was hoping for someone like that, 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.
Rivera has been aggressively campaigning to face Bisping, calling the British fighter out on more than once occasion. For that, Bisping promised to beat Rivera down like he’s just another “a–hole.”
“He has made a couple of comments, straight away saying he wants this fight bad and he wants to ’mess’ me up. I don’t know what his problem is, I have met Jorge a few times on Cage Rage and a few times throughout my MMA career,” Bisping said. “I have always been cool with the guy, always stopped and said hi, shook his hand. I don’t know what his problem is, he is just another a–hole that is going to get beat. I am fired up for this fight I cant wait, I think he is a tailor made fight for me. He is gonna get beat and his manager can kiss my arse as well.”
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.
Bisping and Rivera will be facing off at UFC 127, which will be going down this February 27th at the Acer Arena in Sydney, Australia.
You can check out Bisping’s blog below: