The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) season three winner put on a solid performance against the former TUF season four contestant; however, Bisping landed an illegal knee strike to the head of Rivera that slowed his equilibrium and may have heavily contributed in the Brit's victory.
Even with the loss, Rivera has nothing to be ashamed of, as he put on a valiant effort after absorbing such a blow.
Now with UFC 127 win in the books, Bisping seems ready for the step up in competition he's long deserved.
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The first round began with a bit of a feeling out process between the two 185-pound combatants. After feeling a taste of Rivera's power, Bisping would put him on the canvas with a pick up slam. Once it got back to standing, "El Conquistador" landed an overhand right -- the bane of Bisping's mixed martial arts existence -- and sent the message that he was here to sling some heavy leather.
So Bisping secured another takedown, this one a trip, and started unloading some ground-n-pound. As Rivera moved his way back up to his feet, Bisping landed an illegal knee to the head of his clearly downed opponent.
The doctor's stopped the action to examine Rivera and although he was visibly dazed, he informed the physician and referee Mark Goddard that he would be able to continue. Goddard restarted the fight, but would take a crucial point away from Bisping, who was winning that round.
Clearly still on Queer Street, Rivera was able to fight the last minute or so of the round and showed that he wasn't out done just yet.
Both Rivera and Bisping would start exchanging leg kicks early in round two. A bit later, Rivera would drop Bisping with a powerful right hand, but the Brit proved tough and Rivera couldn't capitalize on the opening. Visibly rejuvenated, Bisping would then overwhelm with powerful shots to the head and body against the cage.
Rivera dropped down to his knees, covering up to avoid the onslaught, but Bisping just kept firing the guns until the fight was finally called.
Michael Bisping defeated Jorge Rivera via technical knockout at 1:54 in round two.
Bisping would apologize to Dana White in his post-fight interview with Joe Rogan.
"I'm a sensitive guy," he said. "I apologize... for losing control. I respect Rivera as an opponent. He talked so much (expletive)."
"I apologize, Mr. White."
After the bout, Rivera's coaches claimed that Bisping had spit on them and went as far as to say the stoppage was too early.
"It doesn't surprise me," Bisping said about what Rivera's camp claimed. "It's just one classless move after another, I suppose."