Jorge Rivera may have missed out on the chance to fight at UFC 122, but he’s looking forward already to a potential match-up against Michael Bisping at UFC 127 in February.
That’s if Bisping accepts the fight.
The possibility of the fight was first reported by Kimura.se who spoke with Rivera following UFC 122 in Germany. Now there appears to be some doubt coming from Rivera’s camp whether or not the fight will actually take place.
Speaking to MMAWeekly.com on Sunday, Rivera’s manager Lex McMahon of Alchemist Management stopped just short of calling Bisping a coward, and said the fight may not happen.
“UFC likes the fight, we like the fight, but I don’t think Bisping is man enough to fight Jorge,” McMahon said in a text message on Sunday. “He has no warrior spirit, he knows Jorge will break his will and crush him.”
Strong words for the British fighter coming off a win over Yoshihiro Akiyama just last month, and as of yet the Team Wolfslair fighter has made no comment about the potential bout.
If the fight happens it would likely go down at UFC 127 in Australia, where Bisping fought Wanderlei Silva on the last card down under.
Rivera has been sidelined since March after a knockout win over Nate Quarry. He was originally scheduled to return at UFC 118 but suffered a broken arm in training, and then on Saturday his opponent Alessio Sakara came down with an illness that forced him off the card at the last minute.
MMAWeekly.com will continue to follow the story and update when more information is available.