Former UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping and UFC welterweight Jorge Masvidal developed quite the rivalry over the past year. Seemingly out of nowhere, the two mixed martial artists began having heated confrontations in hotel lobbies and heated exchanges over social media.
Now Masvidal has come forward to reveal that he and “The Count” actually had a third hotel altercation in China. The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) debuted in Shanghai, China at UFC Fight Night 122 back in 2017. Bisping faced off against Kelvin Gastelum on the card, suffering a tough first round knockout loss to the fighter.
As reported by MMA Mania, Masvidal has since revealed that he and Bisping had an altercation in China as well.
Check out Masvidal’s telling of the incident below:
“We had another incident actually in China, which not too many people know about. So we were in China and [Bisping] got knocked out by [Kelvin] Gastelum, and I’m not going to fuck with nobody who just got knocked out, especially the way he did. It was like the Holy Ghost left his body, you know?”
“So I see him coming through the lobby, I was with numerous fans taking pictures and so I [turn] my back [to him]. I’m like ‘I don’t even want to see this dude right now’ but I’m not going to just run away either, and leave the fans hanging. I just got back to my hotel and people are forming a line, I’m going to give them the pictures that they want. So I got my back to him and I see him out of the corner of my eye, and I’m trying to like turn away so he doesn’t see my face. Just like a side-profile or something. But he comes right up to my face, sticks his middle finger in my face and starts going ‘fuck you, fuck you, piece of shit, you low-life, you ain’t shit man.’
“[He] starts to walk away, and I immediately lost my shit and I went after him and [UFC VP of Athlete Development] Reed Harris and company got in between us, and the UFC security. He did the whole show and stuff, talking shit while he’s backing up, getting into the elevator… I’m like why do all that when nothing comes out of it you know? You could have just sent me a message and told me hey lets meet at the workout room and talk about this, but he’s just not going to do that, you know?”
“So I immediately send him a message, and I ended up posting it online because he’s such a punk, letting him know ‘man, stop disrespecting me every time you see me, just be man about it. Pick a place and lets go and lets fucking do it like men. Why are we talking? We both can fight to some degree—I don’t think he can fight for shit, but he claims to be a fighter—lets just go and scrap it out. That way we stop flirting with each other online.’”