Michael Bisping: Akiyama’s the bigger knockout threat than Jorge Rivera

UFC middleweight contender, Michael Bisping plays down the threat that his UFC 127 opponent, Jorge Rivera has made ahead of their clash later this month in Sydney, Australia, explaining he was more concerned with his last opponent, Yoshihiro Akiyama more so then “El Conquistador”.

Bisping, speaking via ESPN.co.uk, said:

“Akiyama’s the bigger knockout threat, I’ve not really seen Rivera put anyone away with one shot. Rivera’s got heavy hands and he has taken people out, but I’ve not seen him do it with one punch and KO anyone. Akiyama’s definitely done that. He took out Denis Kang one-punch with that uppercut, he’s done it to a few people and he almost got me – the bastard!”

“Akiyama’s the far more powerful puncher than Rivera. The majority of people in the UFC are heavy-handed, particularly with four-ounce gloves on. Anyone who can throw a punch will knock someone down if they hit on the button in four-ounce gloves, so I’m sick of hearing about this heavy-handed bulls***.”

“Fingers crossed if I see a big right coming I’ll either duck or get my hands up! But you don’t go in the rain without getting wet, and a lot of times you don’t go in a fight without getting punched. It’s how you deal with it that matters.”

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