Current UFC Middleweight Champion, Michael Bisping has weighed-in on a potential Conor McGregor versus Khabib Nurmagomedov fight.
I think we can agree we were positively bummed, and a bit pissed-off, that Russian fighter Khabib Nurmagomedov pulled out of his fight with Tony Ferguson at UFC 209. It was supposed to go down last Saturday night but the bear-fighting enthusiast pulled out 36 hours before the scheduled bout.
The Russian is recovering from a weight cut attempt that went horribly wrong, leaving him on an IV drip in a Las Vegas hospital – the second time he’s pulled out of a scheduled fight.
With ‘The Eagle’ dropping out of two fights now it places serious doubt on a potential bout with ‘The Notorious’ Conor McGregor.
British Middleweight fighter Michael Bisping took to his podcast, Believe You Me, to cast further belief that the fight will never go down.
On the podcast’s pilot episode he says:
One million per cent, it KILLS his chances of ever fighting Conor and it puts the UFC in a very difficult position…
If they make that rematch between Khabib and Tony, and Khabib wins, there is no way Conor is going to accept that because he is going to say, ‘I’m not going to take that risk of having an entire fight camp for him not to make it to the Octagon so I’m not going to do it
A potential fight between McGregor and Nurmagomedov would have set up a major deal between the UFC and Russian broadcasters, but it needs to revised.
UFC President Dana White himself suggested that fighting at 155lbs might not be the best thing for the Russian, believing that he either needs to move up a weight class or sorts out his diet.
McGregor himself has been uncharacteristically quiet on the situation, probably becuase he doesn’t see the Russian as being on his radar.
However he has made comments on, Nurmagomedov’s track record previously, labeling him ‘a consistent pull-out merchant’.