Rivera hasn't seen the inside of the Octagon since a technical knockout drubbing of Nate Quarry back in March at UFC Fight Night 21. He's on a three fight winning streak and is itching to get back in the cage.
He wasted no time calling out the popular Brit and Bisping wasted just as little in accepting the challenge.
Bisping will be trying to make it three straight when he squares off with Rivera in the "Land Down Under." His last two fights were decision victories over Dan Miller and Yoshihiro Akiyama, the latter of which was named "Fight of the Night" at UFC 114.
He'll look for a repeat performance in what could be the co-main event at UFC 127.
Although not officially announced by the promotion, UFC 127 is tentatively scheduled for Feb. 27 at the Acer Arena in Sydney, Australia. The main event is reported to feature a reinvigorated B.J. Penn in another welterweight match-up with divisional contender killer Jon Fitch.
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