Tonight's fight between Jorge Rivera and Michael Bisping at UFC 127: Penn vs. Fitch was incredibly controversial. It wasn't just the illegal knee in the first round. It was also the pre-fight smack talk and the post-fight antics from Bisping. Namely, spitting on Rivera's corner and telling Rivera, "Loser, go home".
Alchemist MMA, who managers Rivera, sent this messge to SB Nation MMA along with other media outlets:
"For the Jorge Rivera - Michael Bisping fight - the knee was illegal and flush on the face. But instead of taking a dive and possibly the win, Jorge fought on. Bisping tagged Jorge while BOTH of his knees were on the canvas. He wasn't the same afterward but fought on anyway. How many fighters would be able to fight on after that?
The stoppage was quick, but we won't fight it. He won. That's all there is to it. But for all his talk of being a professional, Bisping spit on Rivera's coaches when the fight was over. How can you claim to be a professional after that?"
You can't, although I doubt this will affect the UFC's image or bottomline in any meaningful capacity. At the time of this writing, the post-fight press conference has not started. It will be interesting to see if UFC President Dana White has offers any punitive action regarding Bisping's behavior.