It’s well known now that, welterweight contender Jorge Masvidal and former middleweight champion Michael Bisping developed quite the rivalry over the past year, both had heated altercation at hotel lobby before their fights at UFC 217 in New York last year.
That’s not the end of their scuffle, Masvidal reveals that he and “The Count” actually had another hotel altercation in China, where Bisping fought Kelvin Gastelum on the card, suffering a first-round knockout loss to the fighter.
Their rivalry began last year when Bisping ripped up the Cuban flag in an attempt to anger middleweight contender Yoel Romero before his UFC 213 title fight against Robert Whittaker. Masvidal who himself is of Cuban ancestry was not pleased and called out the brash Brit champ on his antics.
Masvidal spoke to Ariel Helwani on the MMA Hour recently, went into altercation details: (Quotes via MMAFighting)
“I see him already coming from the corner, so I just give him my back and I’m like, ‘Man, I don’t even want to see this dude,’” Masvidal explained, recalling his trip to China and desire not to kick Bisping when he was down after his loss. “I’m hoping he doesn’t see me, but I’m not going to just storm off from the fans and be like, ‘No, I’m not taking pictures because Bisping’s coming.’ So as I’m taking pictures, he’s crossing me by and he gets maybe three feet from me, he sticks out the middle finger and he screams as loud as he can like a little girl, ‘F-ck you! F-ck you! You’re a disgrace to the sport! F*ck you!’
“So I just f-cking lost my mind and I went after him, and a couple UFC employees got there, but there wasn’t that many people to really hold us back. They were mainly holding him back. And his team knew that he was out of line, so they were holding him, and I had maybe like two people on me so I could shake these people and I was trying to. Like always, he cowered out, just like he did in New York, got inside the elevator talking numerous sh*t. (UFC executive) Reed Harris was there trying to take the bullet for him, so he should send a gift basket to Reed Harris at some point thanking him for his life.”
Masvidal 33, has offered himself up as a potential retirement fight for Michael Bisping following their rather public feud last year, even though he never fought at 170-pound. But Bisping turned down all the fights came his way. Masvidal said the possibility of UFC booking their fight is unlikely, but he is still open to settling the score outside of the Octagon.
“That b-tch ain’t going to fight me, I’ll be honest,” Masvidal said. “I’ve been two, three feet away from this guy, and I’ve seen the look in his one good eye. He does not want to [fight], because he knows that whatever happens on that date, I’m go through that to f-cking punish this guy for the sh-t that he’s done.
“For what Bisping’s done and how he’s acted, I sincerely, in my heart, believe he’s a racist piece of sh-t. I want to break his f-cking face. He spit on a Latin corner’s fighter before [when he fought Jorge Rivera at UFC 127]. He talks numerous sh-t about Yoel like Yoel’s not even f-cking human. And then he rips up my country’s flag. So you can’t tell me and nobody can tell me, ‘No, this is part of the game. He’s just trying to…” No, no, no. I truly believe he is racist. He’s a white imperial motherf-cker, or at least he thinks that, and I would to break his f-cking face. So there’s nothing more to it.”
However, Bisping doesn’t see the whole situation the same way:
I love how such a tiny insignificant incident to me, is the biggest thing to happen to this punk. He can’t stop talking about it, plus it’s total bloody lies. Get over it buddy. Go bore someone else. https://t.co/3kyqi2B8dr
— michael (@bisping) May 7, 2018
It seems like their rivalry will stay a war of word until now.
Masvidal who dropped two straight fight in a row, with last outing came against Stephen Thompson, where he lost the bout via unanimous decision at UFC 217.