Michael Bisping’s pointed advice for Conor McGregor
The world is piling on Conor McGregor after Notorious haplessly attacked a fighter bus, injuring two fighters, and amusing his intended target, Khabib Nurmagomedov, who had previously had words with McGregor’s SBGi teammate Artem Lobov. Former UFC middleweight champion has a more nuanced reaction to what happened, as he made clear during his latest Believe You Me podcast.
“I’m not trying to throw him under a bus and I don’t need to because the world is doing that,” said Bisping, as transcribed by Jed Meshew for MMA Fighting. “The world is judging him. I can’t say anything, I’ve made my fair mistakes over the years. Never to that extent but I’ve certainly done things I regret. But when you look at the situation and you look at Conor McGregor, here’s a guy who quite literally has the world at his feet. He’s got untold wealth. He’s absolutely f***ing loaded. He could never work another day in his life and he’d live a very, very extravagant lifestyle.
“He’s been a world champion. He’s super successful in his chosen career. He’s got over $100 million. People love him. Rightly or wrongly, everywhere he goes, people love him. He’s got a beautiful fiancée at home. He’s got a child. He’s got every reason to go through this life happy. Happy, with a smile on his face.”
“Just lose the chip, that would be my advice. Just lose the f***ing chip on the shoulder, man. It’s made me realize as well, cause I’ve got a good life. I’m very, very lucky. I thought about this. You see Conor going out there and doing this like, ‘What the hell are you doing? Why would you behave like that?’
“Look at everything he has going for him. People would literally kill to be in his position. People dream of being in that position and now he’s in that position and he’s going out there and acting like that. He’s only letting himself down.”
“I tell you right now, if that was Ray Borg that threw a dolly, if that was Rafael dos Anjos that did that, if it was f***ing anyone else, they’d be gone. They would be so f***ing done in the organization. But no, the footage is on the Embedded! And listen, if you’re the UFC, now you have to do Khabib vs. Conor, and that’s all the Countdown show will be. Conor running in there, smashing the window, Khabib’s reaction, all that type of stuff.”
“At the end of the day, is that how you want people to behave? No, but can you turn it into a positive? Of course you f***ing can and you can turn it into a s***-ton of money. That is going to be a MASSIVE pay-per-view. 100 percent. Khabib already has a huge following. Conor, of course, massive following. Them two fight after all that? Forget about it. Well over 1.5 million buys.”