UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping chimed in on the Conor McGregor conundrum this week.
McGregor has insisted that his future lies in the octagon but considering the Irishman’s payday from his boxing bout with Floyd Mayweather Jnr many people have their doubts.
A trilogy fight with Nate Diaz has been mooted and by Bisping’s reckoning it would be the smarter move for McGregor both financially and in terms of keeping his 155lb strap.
Speaking on his Believe You Me podcast, Bisping had this to say:
“Diaz is saying he wants $20 million to fight Conor for the third time. I think what he’s doing there is pricing himself out of the market, simple as that. That’s why Dana (White) is pushing the Ferguson fight.
“Dana, by going out there at the press conference and saying publicly that Ferguson has to fight Conor, that takes the momentum away from Diaz so that’s gonna soften his stance on the $20 million.”
Many feel McGregor needs to defend his title and forget about money fights for the time being. Having only fought once in the weight class he’s champion of he needs to legitimise that title to be taken seriously again.
Ferguson, by contrast, is on a ten-fight win streak having cleaned out the division along the way. It’s the fight hardcore MMA fans want to see, with many believing their records alone suggest Ferguson is the rightful lightweight champ.
“The problem that Conor has is the same problem that Kevin has, his gas tank isn’t the best,” Bisping went on to say.
“That’s not me being negative, it’s just that history has shown that. But can Tony weather the storm? Can he weather the storm in the way that Diaz did? Can he take those shots? I guess we’ve got to see the fight to find out but it’s certainly an interesting match-up and you can make a lot of cases for both guys to win.”
Bisping thinks it would be close with McGregor having the better of the striking and Ferguson being the most dangerous on the ground.
It’s the fight that should be made and would represent McGregor’s toughest test to date.