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Dana White says the UFC will be punishing Bisping for spitting incident

Best80smovieRAD2011-03-05 22:13:35 +0000 #1

UFC middleweight contender Michael Bisping will face disciplinary action for his behavior following his UFC 127 win, UFC president Dana White told MMA Fighting.

Shortly after finishing his second-round TKO over Jorge Rivera, Bisping walked over to the octagon corner closest to Rivera's team and spit in their direction. The incident was caught on camera, though Rivera's cornermen could not be seen from the angle shown.

Rivera's boxing coach Matt Phinney was hit, according to a statement from their camp. Bisping denied spitting at them, saying, "I was spitting on the floor to let him know what I thought of him."

White said he has yet to make a decision on whether Bisping will be fined and/or suspended for his actions, but confirmed that he will be subject to some punishment.

Despite insisting he had not spit directly at Rivera's corner, Bisping (21-3) apologized for his behavior in post-fight interviews, saying he momentarily lost control because of the pre-fight videos made by Rivera which mocked him. In the videos, Bisping was portrayed by Phinney. But when told Rivera's camp was demanding a punishment for his actions, he took umbrage.

"It doesn't surprise me really," he said. "It's just one classless move after another."

Grapehead2011-03-05 22:25:13 +0000 #2
This is the right move. I don't care if this is a combat sport blah blah blah, if the UFC is going to carry itself as the top MMA promotion, and they are going to sell the sport of MMA as legitimate, then they HAVE to discipline Michael Bisping strongly. They need to make an example of Bisping to try and deter further incidents from their fighters. If any athlete in any of the big four sports leagues spit on anyone they would be suspended and fined, without question.
E51502011-03-05 22:32:20 +0000 #3
Wait... Bisping called Riveria's camp classless?



Originally Posted by Grapehead

If any athlete in any of the big four sports leagues spit on anyone they would be suspended and fined, without question.

Excellent point!
Grapehead2011-03-05 23:31:30 +0000 #4

Originally Posted by E5150

Wait... Bisping called Riveria's camp classless?


Excellent point!

ya it was at the post-fight press conference, when he was asked what he thought of them suggesting that he be suspended.
E51502011-03-05 22:35:38 +0000 #5
Can anyone here imagine Kobe Bryant dunking on some chump then going and spitting on the bench? (Does Kobe dunk? I don't watch basketball)

What if Sidney Crosby just scored a gnarly overtime goal. then skated by the bench, flipped them off and start spitting?

Absolute disgrace.
Jay2011-03-05 22:58:08 +0000 #6
Rivera camp is butt hurt and needs to suck it up.



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