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Nate Marquardt Wants a Piece of Michael Bisping

Written on March 17, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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Aside from Chael Sonnen, Nate Marquardt would also like to have a piece of Michael Bisping.

Through all the trash talk, spitting and other antics, Michael Bisping was able to make himself a MMA villain that he is today. After his TKO win against Jorge Rivera, the controversy becomes magnanimous inside the media circle. Following Bisping’s spitting act, Rivera’s camp described that his actions were “deplorable” and “disrespectful”.

Hence, aside from Chael Sonnen, Nate Marquardt confirmed his interest to duel against Michael Bisping at MMAWeekly Radio.

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Chris Lytle Remains Humble and Focused

Written on March 02, 2011 by John Paul Vill

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"He'll never use that stuff as an excuse, and the reason he tried to keep this quiet is because he wants to make sure that Ebersole gets all the credit in the world for his win, and for livening up the fight," ---Ken Pavia, Chris Lytle's Manager

Chris Lytle might not admit it but his loss to Brian Ebersole last UFC 127 looked as if he was not giving his full strength. Four weeks before the fight, he had injured meniscus in his right knee removed. This maybe the reason why he didn’t have a chance to fight on a full bar on last Saturday’s event.

The procedure was kept unpublicized because he didn’t want to devalue Ebersole’s win. Despite the risk, Lytle chose to fight and true enough he lost via unanimous decision to Ebersole which ended up his four-fight win streak. This might also put a last blow on his MMA career.

“He’s considering his options, and retirement is one of them,” said Lytle’s manager Ken Pavia.

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Team Wolfslair Fires Back at Jorge Rivera

Written on March 02, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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After getting a disciplinary action, Michael Bisping and his team strikes again.

After UFC sanctioned Michael Bisping with disciplinary action, his team – Team Wolfslair – issued a statement in response to UFC 127 post-fight controversy with Jorge Rivera.

Team Wolfslair believes that Jorge Rivera’s corner-man was the primary catalyst for Michael Bisping’s bad blood to boil. However, the opposing team disputes their claim and stated that Team Wolfslair’s accusations constitutes “damage control” for The Count’s behavior.

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Michael Bisping Faces Disciplinary Action For Spitting at Rivera’s Camp

Written on March 01, 2011 by John Paul Vill

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"I was spitting on the floor to let him know what I thought of him." ---Michael Bisping to Jorge Rivera

Ultimate Fighting Championship’s middleweight contender, Michael Bisping, will be facing disciplinary action despite winning in the recently concluded UFC 127.

After finishing his second-round TKO to Jorge Rivera, Bisping went to the corner closest to Rivera’s team and spit in their direction. The incident was caught on camera. This alerted UFC President Dana White teach Bisping a lesson.

Rivera’s manager, Matt Phinney, get in contact with the spit according to a statement from their camp.

“Bisping’s conduct after he was awarded the TKO is not acceptable,” Rivera’s manager Lex McMahon said via email to MMA Fighting. “Taunting and spitting at and on Jorge’s coach Matt Phinney is the deplorable conduct of a schoolyard bully. And like all bullies, Mr. Bisping needs to be punished. In this instance, it would be appropriate if Bisping is fined and suspended by the commission and/or the UFC.”

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UFC 127 Officials Hands Out $75,000 Bonus to Fighters

Written on February 28, 2011 by John Paul Vill

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Fighters of UFC 127 maybe sent home with bruises and injuries but with pockets full of cold cash.

The UFC 127 event concluded this weekend. The event somehow failed the expectations of some people but it still garnered a 18,186 fan attendance.

UFC 127 took place in the Land Down Under on Saturday night (Sunday in Sydney). Fighters maybe going home bruised and injured but definitely with overflowing bank accounts. UFC officials handed out $75,000 bonuses for its post-fight awards.

Brian Ebersole put up an amazing fight as well as his opponent, Chris Lytle. Ebersole ended up with the victory via decision and both fighters went home with an extra $75,000.

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UFC 127 Prefight Interview: Chris Lytle & the Punches in his Career

Written on February 26, 2011 by John Paul Vill

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The world is round, and Chris Lytle learns to roll with it.

Chris Lytle’s career isn’t as smooth sailing as other fighters in the UFC octagon. He’s gone with some losses and came back with victories. However, he provided an exciting addition to the fight card. Everytime he tries to embrace some opportunity, opportunity walks away.

As of the moment, he’s on the run with a four-fight winning streak which should be a six-win streak if not for Marcus Davis. Apparently, he was slated to face Carlos Condit this weekend at UFC 127: Penn vs. Fitch. However, fate played again with him when the latter was forced to back-out from the card due to some knee injury. Lytle was then matched-up with Brian Ebersole.

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Bisping and Rivera: Photo Shoot Turned Heated Face-Off [VIDEO]

Written on February 25, 2011 by John Paul Vill

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For fighters, their battle is just pure sport. However, some take it quite seriously. Resulting to a pre-heated face-off.

The heat of UFC 127: Penn vs. Fitch is up and about. Two more days and we’ll be watching the much-awaited battle right before February ends.

The fighters had a chance to meet last Tuesday and faced-off for some photo opts. Fighters had fun doing the shoot, except for Michael Bisping and Jorge Rivera. The media was quite shocked when things got a little heated up between the fighters. Video after the break.

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Five Reasons to Watch UFC 127: Penn vs Fitch

Written on February 23, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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As the UFC 127 event draws near, fans are having more and more reasons to tune in on Saturday. And Fighting Insider is giving you the top five reasons to watch UFC 127.

On February 26 (27 in Australia), the UFC will hold its much-awaited UFC 127: Penn vs Fitch event. The bout will feature a welterweight showdown between BJ Penn and Jon Fitch, with the UFC Welterweight Championship shot on the line. In addition to this, Michael Bisping and Jorge Rivera will settle a heated rivalry when they step inside the Octagon.

But some fans might still be asking: Why should I watch UFC 127 on Saturday? Let Fighting Insider give you five reasons to watch the Penn vs Fitch event.

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UFC 127 Predictions: Micheal Bisping vs Jorge Rivera

Written on February 13, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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Though it's way too early to predict, Fighting Insider is sharing its insights on who's going to make it between The Count and El Conquistador. Warning: Your opinion might be otherwise.

As UFC goes back to the land down under, veteran brawler – Michael Bisping – will square off against the 38-year-old, Jorge Rivera. It should be recalled that Michael Bisiping’s last trip in Australia was also the last time he was defeated inside the Octagon. But nevertheless, The Count just shook off his set back from Wanderlei Silva last UFC 110 with two record victories over Dan Miller and Yoshihiro Akiyama.

Michael Bisping is a fighter with heavy hands. He can stand and trade blows, but he is also skilled enough to defend on the ground. And although Micheal Bisping is a well-rounded and talented fighter, he’s a notch below the elites.

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Bisping vs Rivera at UFC 127 in the Land Down Under

Written on November 24, 2010 by Zac Efren

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Jorge Rivera will fly to Australia to meet Michael Bisping for the UFC 127 event. This is part of the much-awaited return of the promotion in the Land Down Under.

Jorge Rivera found the right fight he must overcome, that is with Australian native Michael Bisping at the UFC 127.

Last Tuesday, the said fight was confirmed. Both fighters accepted the challenge with bout agreements.

Rivera is on the lie low since March. His last fight was with Nate Quarry where he claimed victory.  He was set to appear at UFC 188 but an injury prevented him from doing so.

Meanwhile, Bisping post a huge threat to any fighter. He enjoyed two flight win streak and one step closer to getting a title shot.

The fight between Rivera and Bisping will likely be slated as a co-main event. No other fights are finalized for UFC 127.

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