WATCH: “I don’t hide under desks” – Michael Bisping recalls getting ‘Modelo beers’ thrown at him during UFC Mexico

Flashback montage: Michael Bisping braves flying beer to the face! The veteran commentator isn't covering play-by-play duties this weekend.

WATCH: “I don’t hide under desks” – Michael Bisping recalls getting ‘Modelo beers’ thrown at him during UFC Mexico

Relive the ridicule of beer projectilces vs. Michael Bisping, on the main card of UFC Fight Night 159 (Source: Instagram. @mikebisping)

As a fight fan, do you know of the UFC’s $100 million deal with Bud Light beer that stupefied fans? Marc Raimondi of ESPN MMA broke the news on X of a 6-year deal, last year. This is despite the trans-activist, Dylan Mulvaney controversy. Anheuser-Busch and the UFC had a previous sponsorship deal, ending in 2019, making way for Modelo. And then Bud Light came back on top again. But why did Modelo’s new eight-figure renewed deal not persist? Surely not for Michael Bisping?

All jokes aside, UFC veteran Bisping would have legitimate cause to hate on Modelo Beers, having faced some head-on. The promotion is returning to Mexico City for the first time in over 4 years. Old footage has gone viral again that shows unhappy fight fans at the Arena CDMX. As they beer-bombed from the backdrop with cans of Modelo, play-by-play commentators Brendan Fitzgerald and Michael Bisping get caught in the line of fire. Bisping says –

That's okay, just hide, Brendan...I’m pretty sure I just got a Modelo in the face...It’s progressed from Modelo, to ice cubes, to bottles.
Michael Bisping at UFC Fight Night Mexico

Bisping reposted the footage with the caption –

I don't hide under desks!
Michael Bisping via X

This was while Fitzgerald took shelter under the broadcast table. But ‘the Count’ isn’t faint of heart! The footage sees him get up throwing air jabs and jestingly shoot a video of Fitzgerald and his surroundings. Reacting to the eye-poke “No Contest” between Yair Rodriguez and Jeremy Stephens, even Former UFC strawweight champ, Carla Esparza faced the wrath.

After her decision win over hometown fave and future champ, Alexa Grasso, the mob beer-soaked her. UFC Mexico City returns in Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 237 (ESPN+) headliner at Mexico City Arena. Fitzgerald goes for the play-by-play duties yet again, without Bisping standing guard. Here’s hoping history doesn’t repeat.

UFC Mexico City main event ends in angry fight fans hurling bottles into the Octagon

2019: UFC Mexico City. What started as a promising fight card, ended in utter chaos. Other than the behind-the-scene heroics of veteran commentator Michael Bisping, what all transpired?

Michael Bisping wont's be back for UFC Mexico City
Michael Bisping wont’s be back for UFC Mexico City (Source: Twitter)

In the co-main, former champ Carla Esparza gutted through several 3rd round pitfalls to bag a decision win. But fans booed and subjected her to beer projectiles, favoring the opponent.

Some few seconds into the headlining title, Yair Rodriguez accidentally raked his opponent in the eye. The UFC Mexico main event thus saw ruling as a No Contest.

But the ridicule of  UFC Fight Night 159 wasn’t done yet. At the request of Herb Dean, a medical check showed subsequent corneal abrasion. Following a medical suspension underway, disheartened fans took it upon themselves to be the agitators.

As Jeremy Stephens made his way back, even fighters Cain Velasquez and Brian Ortega joined in on the mob action and taunts. The injured Stephens was subjected to homophobic slurs. Caught on tape, even Ortega’s own IG account detailed it.

Yair Rodriguez and Brian Ortega will square it off in the co-main event of UFC Mexico. In their last outing, Ortega popped his shoulder in Round 1. Ortega and his sons have already coughed up an anime-esque 3 vs 1 face-off against Rodriguez.

The 5-round affair is for UFC Fight Night 237 at Mexico City Arena (ESPN+). Despite Bisping joining Joe Rogan for the UFC 298 commentary team and exciting fans, he won’t be around for UFC Mexico City again. Here’s hoping the card fares better than the 2019 one.

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