It sounds like it, according to his UFC 127 opponent Michael Bisping (via MEN news):
"I was expecting a big name opponent after [the Akiyama] win. I've been in the UFC for five years almost, which is an achievement in itself, and was hoping to step back up in class to push my case for a UFC Title shot in 201 So the name ‘Jorge Rivera' didn't exactly send a surge of excitement through me, put it that way. Rivera has won his last three - all by KO - and everyone in the UFC is at least a top 25 guy in the world, but at first I wasn't much for the fight. All of a sudden he thinks he's a tough guy smart talker. Oh, okay Jorge. But before he makes a proper fool of himself I think he needs to look closely at the people he's been beating, and ask himself why he's been beating them. He hasn't beaten anyone as good as me. I'm not saying he's not dangerous, he can obviously punch and will have a war, but I'm surprised he's been talking the way he has. We're talking about a guy who's got submitted by a welterweight kick-boxer, but the way he talks he's Chuck Norris and Bruce Lee's lovechild. He's not in my class and I am going to show him all about it next month. But feeling embarrassed will be the last of his worries because I'm going to beat the hell out of him."
Sounds like "The Count" wasn't exactly enamored with the promotion's choice for his opponent "Down Under," and even less thrilled with the recent trash talk from "El Conquistador," who thinks he has what it takes to knock Bisping out. The British banger has long flirted with 185-pound title contention but always seems to come up short as it gets within reach. Will he finally break through with a dominating win over the New England native on Feb. 27 in Sydney? Or is Rivera going to send him home with his tail between his legs?