UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping and welterweight contender Jorge Masvidal were involved in a fiery, close-quaters back and forth in New York on Wednesday.
This Saturday night, Bisping defends his title against returning former welterweight king Georges St-Pierre at Madison Square Garden in the main event of UFC 217, a card on which Masvidal also competes against Stephen ‘Wonderboy’ Thompson.
Despite campaigning in different divisions, Bisping and Masvidal have a long running social media beef, and when they ran into each other in the lobby of the fighters’ hotel, the expletives flew.
During a recent interview with Submission Radio in which he referred to Bisping as “a little ho”, Masvidal explained that the Englishman had really drawn his ire by ripping up a mini Cuban flag in an attempt to antagonize middleweight contender Yoel Romero from cageside at UFC 213.
“‘The Count’, you know, he’s a little bitch, he needs to get slapped up, man,” said Masvidal, whose father is Cuban. “He needs to f**king man up for this s**t that he did, you know? Ripping my country’s flag for no reason and then saying corny ass s**t like, ‘Well, the flag just happen to be there”. My ass! You put that s**t in your pocket and you probably brought it in(via MMAFighting).”
Masvidal went on to claim that he recently stared Bisping down at a Vegas hotel but that the 38-year-old Manchester native avoided eye-contact and failed to utter a word before departing in an elevator.
“It was after he said all types of craziness on social media and telling me something [like], ‘If he ever saw me,'” added Masvidal.
Notable in the above video is the fact that Masvidal drops a homophobic slur, something for which UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor was recently lambasted by the media. Masvidal will have to answer for these comments.