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Old 03-02-2011, 07:28 PM
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Thumbs down The Wolfslair Academy of Liverpool DEFENDS Bispings bad behaviour in public statement

When readying himself for his fights, Michael Bisping trains at Wolfslair MMA Academy. Wolfslair recently published a statement on their website concerning their fighter's actions before, during and after his bout with Jorge Rivera at UFC 127.

“I would like to give our take on what happened in Australia. Let me begin first by saying that in five years of competing in the UFC at every level, we have never encountered a more unprofessional outfit as Jorge Rivera’s camp. All the teams who rub shoulders regularly at all the events are always polite, respectful and courteous to each other. Regardless of any of the fighters smack talk or actions. all the camps will attest to this. Along comes this [Matt] Phinney guy out of the blue, he is Rivera’s boxing coach and the guy who features heavily in the YouTube videos making fun of Mike Bisping.

“These video’s were made with two purposes. One was to promote their tee shirt line ranger up and the second was to goad Mike into a brawl as this was their only chance of winning the fight. Okay well no problem so far, business is business and if that’s how they rely to win a fight then more power to them. The video’s poked fun at Mike in a personal way and to English people in general and had a huge amount of success. If you combine the numbers on YouTube over the four video’s I believe were in the half million bracket. That is phenomenal considering the campaign was over three weeks. So let’s be clear this wasn’t just banter going back and forth it was significant. Once again at this stage still no problem. It was adding hype to the fight.


Ryan Pierse/Getty Images “The real problems begin in the hotel in Australia. As always fighters are staying in close proximity in the hotel for over a week and during the day the camps pass each other. Normally the fighters will be tense with their opponent but the teams always remain neutral and polite. Rivera’s crew were mocking mike and laughing at him and Jorge even gave an interview to Fanhouse saying if Mike was a man he would confront him in the hotel.

“This situation was the reason for the emotional weigh-ins and throughout the catalyst was Phinney. In fact Rivera had two more coaches who never participated in any of this, they did act professional. It was always Rivera and Phinney. If you look at all the ranger up YouTube stuff it seems Phinney is the driving force behind the company and it was him even up to the point on the scale who was constantly goading Mike. I believe he should have concentrated more on real fight preparation like we did than silly childish games and behaviour.

“This fight was not your normal fight, the hype was immense and I am sure the fans felt this. The illegal knee was what it was, Mike was over excited and timed it wrong. He is not known for illegal blows although this does happen in the sport from time to time. Whilst Rivera was recovering, Phinney was shouting obscenities to Mike if you look you can see Mike give him the finger in reply. He was also hurling abuse at our corner men, once again this behaviour is unheard of in the UFC. Anyway YouTube videos and goading Mike did him no good and Mike dispatched him with ease.


Mark Kolbe/Getty Images “Mike was still emotional and asked Rivera for an apology, still Phinney was shouting abuse and Mike replied to him, Mike did spit but on the floor in his direction not on him. Phinney was hurling abuse at Mike and our corner men the whole time. His behaviour at the cage was disgusting and unbefitting of the UFC and I won’t go into any more detail as Phinney doesn’t deserve any notoriety. He does not reflect in anyway the normal conduct of us and the rest of the teams. If that’s how he has behaved at other events then he needs to go back to them. Although I believe that after this we won’t be hearing much of Mr Phinney anymore.

“Mike apologised in the press conference for losing his cool, he apologised on the post fight with Joe Rogan, the joke is after all the efforts the Rivera’s camp made to create this situation it was them who complained afterwards not us, we have more respect for the UFC and did not want to make an issue of their behaviour.”

Anthony McGann
Wolfslair MMA Academy
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Just a bit late...

#78 by The Queen...

http://www.matt-hughes.com/forums/sh...?t=7018&page=8
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Old 03-02-2011, 07:34 PM
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Soooo...because they were rude to Micheal Bisping...that legitamizes him to be rude back?

They stooped to the same level, and should have STARTED with the final paragraph by way of an appology or kept their mouths shut. Instead they publically embariss themselves, and all of England. Shame on both of those camps.
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Just a bit late...

#78 by The Queen...

http://www.matt-hughes.com/forums/sh...?t=7018&page=8
I didnt see that...I saw the thread...but not the artical...my appologies, to Her Majesty

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I didnt see that...I saw the thread...but not the artical...my appologies, to Her Majesty

Nothing new to the Brits.. 'eh
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Soooo...because they were rude to Micheal Bisping...that legitamizes him to be rude back?

They stooped to the same level, and should have STARTED with the final paragraph by way of an appology or kept their mouths shut. Instead they publically embariss themselves, and all of England. Shame on both of those camps.
come on, England didnt need them for this. England did this a while back!
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come on, England didnt need them for this. England did this a while back!
ohohohohohohohohohohoho..... burn..... that was really good..
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Ive been trying to get a rise out of this brit for weeks now. lol I guess I will have to start making jens jokes. lol
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Bisping is a big trash talker himself but he gets flips out when somebody else gives him a taste of his own medicine. Crybaby! Their is NO excuse for his behavior!
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I am disapointed Bisping who does give it, didn't take it so well.

perhaps he will think more carefully in the future. I'll say it again though - those stream of video's and their tone and manner are more attacking than a real angry video message.

I saw at the weigh in Jorge screaming "pussy, pussy" at Mike before he even got steamed up - why even say that against a fighter.

He attacked core issues as a man and I understand without condoning what Bisping done.

It really aint that big of deal. Embarrass all of England - do give over.

A man after a fight made a few taunts, spat on the floor and called obscenties to guys who called him obscenities back.


Unsavoury, yeah, not ideal, yeah - could he act better, yeah. Embarrassed a nation - get out of here.

They have a right to set the story straight, Bisping apologised, what does Wolfs lair have to apologise for? I havent seen them do anything wrong? What shame did they bring other than shed some light on why Mike was so worked up.

Not everyone can hold it together and have the marvellous temparement others have. Moreover, what happens, you mock me for 3 months, relentlessly, we fight - alls well.

Whislt I appreciate being the bigger man, acting humble (Matt Hughes style) is the best way sometimes this is very hard to do.

Sometimes we don't see how hurtful this can be - look at Ali and Frazier - yeah good old Ali who called Frazier everything from an Gorilla to a uncle tom.

The media and public laps it up but not seeing that Fraziers son has to endure abuse and taunts for this. I am just saying I can understrand Bispings posistion and he has let himself down but lets not make it bigger than it is.
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