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Michael Bisping on Jorge Masvidal confrontation: ‘I honestly don’t know who he is’

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

NEW YORK — Michael Bisping and Jorge Masvidal aren’t fighting each other this weekend. They aren’t in the same weight class. But the two UFC athletes got into a verbal altercation Wednesday as Bisping was on his way to open workouts.

It’s unclear what the origin of the beef is, aside from some social media exchanges previously. But Bisping and Masvidal got pretty heated, with Masvidal at one point calling Bisping a gay slur.

On Thursday at the UFC 217 press conference, Bisping was asked about Masvidal and the incident and he brushed it off.

“Who?” Bisping said. “Ain’t no one up here called Jorge Masvidal. That little b*tch. Yeah, he’ll get a slap when the time is right.”

Bisping defends his middleweight title Saturday night in the main event of UFC 217 at Madison Square Garden. Masvidal is in a main card fight against Stephen Thompson, a key welterweight encounter.

Masvidal and his manager Abe Kawa posted video of the exchange with Bisping on social media, but later deleted it.

“I honestly don’t know who he is,” Bisping said. “He’s been chatting some sh*t. I was like, who’s this weird looking motherf*cker with the straight hairline and Wolverine f*cking sideburns? Someone had to tell me who he was. I don’t know. The guy’s got a chip on his shoulder. I’ve heard he’s a piece of sh*t. He certainly acts like one.”

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