UK middleweight Michael “The Count” Bisping recently released a video blog in which he confirmed his UFC 127 co-main event match up with Jorge Rivera. Bisping also gave a shout out to his Wolfslair MMA Academy training partner Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, who recently defeated Lyoto Machida by decision.
Jackson and Machida fought a close and measured three round bout in the main event of UFC 123, which went down on November 20th, and it was “Rampage” who walked away with the split-decision victory. The bout’s verdict was a slightly controversial one, as many believed that Machida won. Bisping explained that he had “Rampage” winning the first two rounds clearly and that Machida likely took the third, giving Jackson the deserved split-decision win.
“Obviously last week ‘Rampage’ fought Machida, I just want to say big congratulations to ‘Rampage.’ I thought he fought a great fight,” said Bisping. “You know, Machida was the world champion and he was undefeated before ‘Shogun’ knocked him out… I know there’s people talking about controversy and I think that’s nonsense, I think ‘Rampage’ clearly won the fight two rounds to one… Machida had a little success in the third round, but it was ‘Rampage’s’ fight, ‘Rampage’ controlled the fight.”
Bisping also congratulated BJ Penn on his 21-second knockout of old rival Matt Hughes, and expressed excitement at fighting on a card with “The Prodigy” (Penn will be taking on Jon Fitch in the main event), as well as Ross Pearson and George Sotiropoulos. UFC 127 will be going down February 27th at the Acer Arena in Sydney, Australia.