UFC middleweight fighter Michael Bisping has escaped serious punishment following a heated fight with Jorge Rivera at UFC 127 last month in which his actions sparked considerable controversy.
During the fight Bisping connected with an illegal knee while Rivera was still on the ground, a move which UFC president Dana White later claimed was intentional, and after the fight he appeared to spit at his opponent’s cornerman.
Following the fight Rivera’s camp called for Bisping to be ejected from the UFC, and a couple of weeks ago Dana White confirmed that the UK fighter would be punished for his actions.
Today in an interview with MMAfighting’s Ariel Helwani, UFC president Dana White revealed the extent of the punishment.
“What I did to Michael Bisping – the fighters who fight for me know exactly what I am saying when I say this – Mike Bisping did not get a bonus. He was not bonused for his fight and believe me that hurts worse than anything else that anybody could have done,” White said.
“I let him know exactly what I thought about it, and what I want in the future. And lets face facts, he and Jorge Rivera…people were interested in seeing that fight. People were curious and wanted to see it. Mike Bisping was a big part of the promotion and he did not get rewarded for it.”
White also said that he sees no reason to have a rematch between the two fighters, noting that the worst of Bisping’s behavior came after the fight.
So far there’s no indication of who Bisping will face next, though there are plenty of possibilities. One that’s been mentioned frequently is a fight with another ‘bad boy’ of the division, Chael Sonnen, but White points out that Sonnen still has court issues to address before he can even consider fighting again.