Michael Bisping isn’t sure Conor McGregor truly wants to fight Jorge Masvidal or Kamaru Usman as he says.
After McGregor beat Donald Cerrone at UFC 246, many assumed that the next logical fight for him was Masvidal. But, Dana White made it clear he wanted the Khabib Nurmagomedov rematch barring he beats Tony Ferguson in April. For Bisping, he isn’t sure when that fight would even happen.
“Dana said if Conor wins, 100 percent the next fight for him is Khabib. And I said, ‘what, Khabib’s just gonna do whatever he’s told?’ And he said, ‘listen Khabib will take the fight.’ He said, ‘that’s already the biggest pay-per-view in UFC history,” he said on his Believe You Me podcast (via BJPENN.com). “The rematch is gonna be even bigger. There’s gonna be plenty of money involved.’ But Khabib’s fighting Tony in April. After that is Ramadan. So he’s gonna fast, he’s gonna take some time off.”
With Conor McGregor wanting to stay active, he doesn’t know if he will wait for Nurmagomedov. Instead, he thinks Nate Diaz makes sense for his next fight as he truly doesn’t want to fight Jorge Masvidal or Kamaru Usman.
“That’s gonna be too long I think for Conor to wait,” Bisping continued while speaking on Conor McGregor’s next bout. “So therefore, he spoke about Nate Diaz. He said, ‘where you at Nathan?’ Because he doesn’t want to fight Masvidal and I’m not surprised he’s not calling out Masvidal. I’m not being disrespectful. The guy’s bigger and he’s on f*cking fire. Kamaru Usman, he doesn’t really want to fight Kamaru Usman. Kamaru Usman is Khabib but just f*cking twice as big pretty much. The fight is Khabib but he can’t do it yet, so in the meantime pick off Nate Diaz. And I don’t mean that in a disrespectful way.”
Who Conor McGregor will fight next or when he will fight next is up in the air.
Cole Shelton covers MMA for BJPenn.com, MMANews, and MyMMANews.com while also being the lead MMA odds writer for Sports Betting Dime