It safe to say that UFC 122 didn’t turn out quite as Jorge Rivera had planned. Barely an hour before the main card began in Germany his co-main event opponent Alessio Sakara pulled out of the fight due to illness, leaving Rivera without a fight.
“When they gave me the news I was in shock, I’ve never seen this before. So it’s just disappointing,” Rivera tells kimura.se, revealing that he had his hands wrapped by that time and had no idea his opponent was ill.
Rivera now plans to go home and relax, spend time with his family. The general feeling post-fight was that Rivera and Sakara would now meet at a later date, but it turns out that the UFC has other plans for him.
The 38 year-old dropped hints about the fight several times during the interview.
“I’ve got a good fight coming up in Australia,” he said, before later adding, “I really, really, really want this next fight man. I not only want the fight, I wanna f*ck him up.”
With those pleasantries out of the way Rivera then revealed who the mystery man was.
“Michael Bisping,” he says.
So there we have it. It’s likely that prior to this event the UFC had the winner of Rivera Vs Sakara earmarked for the Brit, and with Sakara out due to illness it’s Rivera who gets the nod.
The UFC will be making their second visit to Australia in February of next year for UFC 127. Bisping is no stranger to the country having co-headlined UFC 110 in Sydney against Wanderlei Silva earlier this year.
Check out Rivera’s full post-event interview below.