After Dustin Poirier recorded a win over Conor McGregor in January this year, the question began to be raised as to whether the Irishman still has everything needed for top-level performances. The already relaxed approach to the fight brought a different Conor, and the defeat itself didn't seem to be hard for him.
Shortly after their third fight was scheduled, which will take place on July 10 at UFC 264, Conor announced the return of the old "Notorious", the fighter who became the most popular fighter in MMA history with his character and performances.
But is that possible? One of those who dared to talk about these topics is Michael Bisping, in an interview with TalkSport. Bisping compared himself and Conor and believes that they experienced the same thing, a certain loss of motivation at the end of their careers and that they became totally different people from what they used to be.
"Conor McGregor in later career is like me in the same period. I'm a good guy now, I'm actually a little cat, and I used to be a nightmare." "It's the same situation with Conor McGregor. A man is full of money.
He buys yachts worth a hundred million dollars and watches worth a million. They drive him in a Rolls Royce, "Bisping began his explanation, continuing:
He put the biggest emphasis on money, which is the trigger for most modern athletes, but this is not surprising given that a large number of athletes come from poverty.
"Evander Holyfield once said it's hard to force yourself to run at 6 a.m. if you sleep in silk bedding. We fighters are hungry people who want to change our lives." "Maybe we're all woven from the same material or we come from the wrong side of town.
We like to fight and we see the only hope in that." "The dream is to make some money and change lives for the better, and he has done it in many ways and he will never have that feeling, that need again. " However, in the end, Bisping softened what he said, adding that he did not think that Conor's fighting qualities had fallen.
He will only miss what once pushed him forward. "Of course, that doesn't mean I don't believe he can still do a good fight and win. It will certainly be difficult, but that's by no means out of the question," he concluded at the end.