Bisping set to miss UFC Mexico this weekend after he got doused in drinks the last time

UFC enthusiasts, brace yourselves – the octagon is making its return to Mexico City after over four years.

The last event at Arena CDMX left an indelible mark on the memories of fans.

When the company last held an event at Arena CDMX, the match between Yair Rodriguez and Jeremy Stephens was turned into a ‘No Contest’ due to an eye-poke. Disgruntled fans expressed their frustration by bombarding the cage with drinks, catching UFC commentators Brendan Fitzgerald and Michael Bisping off guard.

The incident has been captured in a video uploaded on Bisping’s Instagram.

Amidst the chaos, Bisping humorously remarked: “I’m pretty sure I just got a Modelo in the face. Fitzgerald sought refuge under the broadcast table. Bisping then went on to say: “It’s progressed from Modelo, to ice cubes, to bottles!”

Former UFC strawweight champion Carla Esparza also faced the brunt of unruly behavior from the crowd. After winning by decision against hometown favorite Alexa Grasso, Esparza became covered in suds.

The cost of drinks at the arena made it an unlikely item for such revelry, but the fans seemed determined to make a statement.

This weekend Yair Rodriguez is set to make a comeback to Mexico City for a featherweight co-main event against Brian Ortega. This bout serves as a rematch from their UFC on ABC 3 encounter, which concluded with a shoulder injury sidelining Ortega.

The 145-pound do-over promises a redemption opportunity for both contenders. Following this, Brandon Moreno aims to secure a second victory against flyweight rival Brandon Royva.

While Brendan Fitzgerald resumes his play-by-play duties for the Mexico City event, there will be a change in the commentary lineup. Michael Bisping will be absent this time. He is being replaced by retired lightweight contender Paul Felder and former UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz.

As the UFC returns to Mexico City, combat sports fans can expect not only intense matchups inside the octagon but also a sense of anticipation and unpredictability given the unique history of events.