Since the end of UFC 127 last month, fight fans have wondered what punishment Michael Bisping would receive for the illegal knee thrown at Jorge Rivera, as well as his alleged spitting towards Rivera's cornerman. Dana White had only stated that Bisping was in trouble, but had yet to decide what exactly would happen to the Ultimate Fighter winner.
Although Bisping was apologetic after the fight saying his feelings got the best of him, several people around the world of MMA called for the Briton's head. Jorge Rivera's camp wanted Bisping suspended or worse, thrown out of the UFC. Well, they and many others will probably not be too happy when they hear White's decision.
According to ESPN UK today, Dana White has confirmed that Michael Bisping will not be suspended for his actions at UFC 127 in Sydney, Australia. Bisping will be denied his fight bonus for gaining the victory as punishment.
It was revealed after the fight that the knee thrown by Bisping caused no lasting damage on Rivera. Referee Marc Goddard stated that after the fight, Rivera went to the hospital and was immediately released because he had no signs of a concussion.
Fellow countryman Dan Hardy, who fights Anthony "Rumble" Johnson at UFC Fight Night on March 26, defended Bisping for his actions in an interview with ESPN and said fans need to be more forgiving of fighters.
Hardy said to keep the sport from getting a bad rap, the UFC had to do something, but fans need to understand what fighters have to go through to prepare for a fight. Hardy goes on to say that the sport is very aggressive and the more aggressive you are, then the better you are going to perform.
Fighters are aggressive people so they can sometimes get carried away and Bisping was "in the zone," according to Hardy.
Michael Bisping is known to be a very sensitive person and it is easy for someone to get under his skin, just ask Jorge Rivera. However, unless he wants to receive his walking papers, he is going to have to control himself from being too aggressive.
This is tough in a sport that's main focus is aggression and violence.
Bisping will most likely meet with White to discuss his next opponent. Several different fighters have stated they want their shot at handing out their own form of punishment to The Ultimate Fighter winner.
Vitor Belfort expressed interest in fighting Bisping as he tries to recover from his devastating knockout loss to Anderson Silva. Silva also said that he wants to fight Bisping and even went as far as saying he wants to fight him in the United Kingdom.
But the fighter who has expressed the most interest in fighting Bisping is returning Chael Sonnen. Sonnen went as far as sending a letter to matchmaker Joe Silva asking to fight Michael "Spitsbing" and that Bisping will either fight Sonnen or be released.
After his win over Rivera, Bisping brought up the idea of fighting Yushin Okami in a title eliminator fight if now champion Silva was to pursue a "superfight" with welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre.
Whoever Bisping''s next opponent will be, he will not be the fan favorite.