Dana White Talks Punishment of Michael Bisping for Actions at UFC 127
UFC president Dana White has gone public with what Michael Bisping's punishment was for his actions at UFC 127.
Speaking to MMAFighting.com reporter Ariel Helwani, White said, "At the end of the day, I'm not the athletic commission. The athletic commission are the ones that impose fines and do all these other things, but what I did to Michael Bisping, not a lot of people really know, but the fighters know.
"The fighters that fight for me know exactly what I'm saying when I say this, Mike Bisping did not get a bonus, he was not bonused for that fight and believe me that hurts worse than anything else that anyone could have done."
Bisping faced Jorge Rivera at UFC 127 on February 27th in Australia. Pre-fight talk from Rivera's camp had turned the fight into a grudge match of sorts, as Bisping clearly took the series of trash talking videos that Rivera's camp had released on YouTube to heart.
At the pre-fight press conference as well as the weigh-in, it was clear that Bisping had developed a great deal of dislike for Rivera and his camp, some of which participated in the making of the videos.
During the first round of their bout, Bisping delivered an illegal knee to the head of Rivera when both of Rivera's knees were on the ground. The fight was stopped for a prolonged period of time after the knee as doctors attended to the Rivera, who appeared dazed.
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The fight was allowed to continue and Bisping stopped Rivera via a flurry of punches in the second round, earning the technical knockout victory.
After the fight Bisping approached Rivera's team at cage side and appeared to spit in their direction.
White addressed both of these issues with Helwani, saying that Bisping did not offer any real defense of his actions. "He didn't go there with me," White said. "I disagree on both of those, I think that the knee was intentional and I think he absolutely meant to spit on that guy. I've never accidentally spit on anybody."
The Bisping versus Rivera bout was the co-main event on the card at UFC 127. For an idea of what the co-main event win bonus could have been, Bisping received a reported $150,000 bonus for his win at UFC 114 over Dan Miller.
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