A villain (also known in film and literature as the “bad guy”, “blackhat”, or “heavy”) is an “evil” character in a story, whether a historical narrative or, especially, a work of fiction. The villain usually is the antagonist, the character who tends to have a negative effect on other characters. In terms of MMA, a villain is someone who acts unprofessional and lacks appropriate sportsmanship for others regardless of the circumstances. A more recent definition was displayed by Michael Bisping at UFC 127.
Bisping placed a well targeted knee to the face of Rivera while he still had two knees on the ground. Regardless of intent, this is illegal and could be cause for disqualification. The referee took one point from Bisping in the scoring system. Bisping walks to the Rivera corner to share a one-finger salute to Jorge’s cornermen. Bisping got in Jorge Riveras face at the end of round 1 and asked how he liked getting a beating. After a TKO in round two, Bisping runs to the corner of Rivera and spits through the cage at Team Rivera. A furious Bisping demanded an apology at the conclusion of the fight, and the two briefly embraced before Rivera denied attacking the Brit’s family in the videos. In his post-fight speech, Bisping apologized for his behavior. He did so again at the post-event press conference, though he called the request to suspend and fine him “classless.”
Does this conduct reflect the true character of Bisping? It definitely lacks professionalism and class. “He definitely motivated me,” Bisping said. “It made me train harder. Trash-talk is part of the game. You’ve got to take that on chin sometimes, which I should have done a little bet better.
UFC president dana White said that Bisping would be punished for that incident, but the normally swift-acting White has not doled out any punishment to Bisping as of yet. Marc Ratner, UFC vice president of regulatory affairs said said two things, one, because of the fact that it was an intentional knee that it should have been two points (deducted from Bisping) and two, he said, he (the referee) should not have allowed that much time for him to recover and in fact, it probably should have been a disqualification.
Congratulations to Michael Bisping for winning the MMA Villian Award following UFC 127.