UFC Middleweight Champion Michael Bisping is a little over a week away from defending his belt against former UFC Welterweight Champion Georges St. Pierre at UFC 217.
The champion may have another fight on his hands after UFC 217 because he is being sued for allegedly choking a gym patron this past July.
According to TMZ, a man by the name of Antonio Georgakopoulus is filing a class action lawsuit against Bisping for allegedly choking him in a 24 Hour Fitness gym in Anaheim, California.
TMZ reported the following:
According to the suit, Bisping went crazy on Antonio Georgakopoulos for "taking his weights" without asking during a workout.
Antonio claims Bisping called him all sorts of names including a "little punk" and an "idiot" -- and then dropped the "you don't know who I am?" line.
After the verbal tirade, Antonio claims Bisping grabbed him by the throat and began to squeeze -- cutting off oxygen. Antonio claims he was about to lose consciousness when another weight lifter intervened and broke it up.
At that point, Bisping allegedly screamed out, "Let's take this outside."
Georgakopoulus is claiming assault, battery and intention infliction of emotional distress in his lawsuit against the UFC star.
Some reports have stated that Bisping may have been arrested for the incident, but both TMZ and the Anaheim Police Department are stating that no arrest took place.
Neither Bisping or the UFC have issued any kind of statement on the situation at this time.