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The Knee Heard Round the World
If you want to watch the Rivera-Bisping fight yourself, I would stop reading here, unless you mind knowing how it turned out.
You've likely heard about Jorge 'El Conquistador' Rivera's online campaign about Michael 'The Count' Bisping. If not, well, they're all over YouTube and they are hilarious. I'll try to post the links at the bottom of this article.
Going into the fight, Bisping was technically superior in the striking and grappling departments. Literally the only thing Bisping would have to fear would be brawling with Rivera.
Hence, the smear campaign. Make The Count angry, get in his head, and make him fight out of his element. It appeared to work in the weigh-ins, where Bisping and Rivera were very excited about the notion of slamming their fists into one another's bodies.
Come fight night, tensions were high. Bisping, for all his talk of being furious, remained remarkably calm during the actual fight. He didn't get in a brawl with Rivera, and took him down midway through the first round.
Then, when Rivera forced him off, with Rivera on his hands on knees, slammed an illegal knee into his forehead and looked poised to throw another. It was the most disgusting display of unsportsmanlike conduct I have seen in some time.
The knee hurt El Conquistador badly. He seemed barely cognizant of where or who he was. No offense to Jorge intended, of course, but you likely could have convinced Jorge that he was anyone in the world. He took his time to recollect himself and decided to continue with the fight. I hear concussions tend to heal in several minutes time, so he should have been okay, right, Timmy Affliction?
Jorge managed to limp through the first round before being swarmed by strikes in the second round. In celebration of his hard-earned victory, Michael 'The Count' Bisping spat in Jorge's corner and told him to 'go home, loser'.
In the words of Mike Goldberg, "Real classy."
The Youtube videos as promised.
There may be a few more floating around.
Last edited by Kickapoo; 3/01/2011 8:55pm at .