Dana White Thinks Michael Bisping's Knee to Jorge Rivera Was Intentional

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Dana White Thinks Michael Bisping's Knee to Jorge Rivera Was Intentional
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UFC president Dana White appeared on the Versus network before Thursday's UFC on Versus 3 event and spoke to Ariel Helwani about the fight between Michael Bisping and Jorge Rivera at UFC 127.

Helwani asked what was next for Bisping, to which White replied, “Michael Bisping’s in trouble right now. Michael Bisping’s a guy who I liked and have had a good relationship with since The Ultimate Fighter, but I’m very disappointed in the way he conducted himself during that fight. I think the knee was intentional. I think he did do it on purpose. He saw him in that position, looked at him, then threw the knee. Obviously I don’t like what he did after the fight either. Mike and I still need to talk then I’ll figure out what’s next for Michael Bisping.”

During first round action, Bisping threw a knee to the head of Rivera who was on both knees inside the Octagaon, a move that is highly illegal. The referee stopped the action after the strike, and Rivera was examined by the cageside doctor who allowed the fight to continue.

Bisping was able to secure a second-round TKO win over Rivera and then approached Rivera's corner and spit in their direction.

Bisping had clearly been incensed by all the pre-fight trash talk the Rivera camp had thrown his way and let his emotions get the best of him in that moment.

Bisping later apologized for his actions, but those apologies did not hold water with White, who told MMAFighting Bisping would face disciplinary action for his actions after the fight.

No word has been forthcoming as of yet from the UFC on how they will deal with Bisping, but between White's comments and UFC VP Marc Ratner telling Joe Rogan, he too though the knee was intentional. An announcement may be close at hand.

As a side note, Stephan Bonnar showed poor interviewing skills by not following up on White's response to Helwani's question. The door was wide open for Bonnar to ask about how the UFC would discipline Bisping, but he moved right into his next question, ending an exchange that could have provided much more detail.

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