Some may look at Jorge Rivera as an easy mark, but for Michael Bisping, the veteran fighter is a spoiler who could ruin some big things in the future.
Following a bad knockout loss against Dan Henderson at UFC 100, Bisping tumbled down the middleweight rankings. No one was pushing for the Brit to get a shot against Anderson Silva. If he takes out Rivera, he's back in the mix for a title eliminator according to Betfair’s Alex Bake:
"There’s certainly no love lost between these two and it promises to be one hell of a battle. The punters are getting behind Bisping for this one," Bake told the U.K. Telegraph. "He has it all to fight for; a decent showing here and he could line up a potential title eliminator against Yushin Okami."
Betfair lists Bisping as a minus-300 favorite, with the Brit drawing 2-1 for a knockout. The Venetian in Las Vegas has Bisping a little higher at minus-320.
The Telegraph's Gareth Davies says Chael Sonnen, Nate Marquardt and Demian Maia are all possible future opponents for Bisping.
There could also be a television slot on the line for Bisping. Davies says the UFC is on the verge of rolling out its first "satellite" season of "The Ultimate Fighter."
[...] pitching England v Australia in a series which may be called ‘The Sm-Ashes’. Weights to be contested, and the coaches for the series are yet to be decided. Bisping has both won The Ultimate Fighter and was a coach on the U.K. vs. USA version of the televised show. He would seem perfectly placed for such a role.
Bisping revealed earlier this week that he's strongly considering a permanent move to Australia. Following UFC 127, he and his wife are staying in the area to check out houses and schools.
Watch UFC 127 right here on Yahoo! Sports.