Jorge Rivera: “That knee was deliberate, and I’ll tell you exactly how I know this”
UFC middleweight veteran, Jorge Rivera has broke the silence about the illegal knee that was delivered to his face on Saturday night at UFC 127 when he stepped into the octagon with Michael Bisping, explaining as far as he’s concerned it was deliberate.
Rivera, speaking via MMAFighting.com, said:
“That knee was deliberate, and I’ll tell you exactly how I know this. I went to sweep him, and first of all, I want to say that he was at the press conference talking about how he’s the better fighter, he’s got better jiu-jitsu, better wrestling, but he takes me down, fine. I go to sweep him and he holds on to the fence. He holds on to the fence the whole time. …And then, within 30 or 40 seconds of doing that, he knees me [illegally] in the head. I’m on all fours, he winds up and knees me in the head. Then he puts his hands up, walks over to my corner and says, ‘He’s the p-ssy.’ Now if that wasn’t deliberate, I don’t know what the fuck is.”
“I was hurt, man. I was hurt. But the truth of it is, I knew that most of the people that were there, were there to watch this fight. I knew the hype was built up, they wanted to see it, and I didn’t want it to end like that. It’s just not in me to quit. That’s not how I wanted it to go. I would have liked a few more minutes [to recover], but the truth is, they want to know if you can continue now. They want to know how hurt you are. I just wanted to put on a show.”
“I was hurt, but this is what I do for a living. I promoted the hell out of this fight, I talked a lot of sh-t about this fight, I talked a lot of sh-t about him, and it’s my job as a professional to go out there and do what I do. …When I was down and everybody’s asking me if I’m able to continue, I’ll tell you exactly what was going through my head: I fight. I have to fight this guy. There’s no way I’m going to sit here and get the W this way.”
“I’ve had seven losses prior to this one, and I don’t mind losing to a guy who’s a better fighter than I am and who just beats me. But to be beaten like that is bitter to take, man. …When I had an opportunity to sit down and watch the fight, knowing what went on, it was just like, this motherf-cker, man. You know?”