Michael Bisping believes Conor McGregor is rooting for Dustin Poirier to defeat Khabib Nurmagomedov.
On Sept. 7, Nurmagomedov and Poirier will clash in the main event of UFC 242. This will be a lightweight title unification bout. “The Eagle” vs. “The Diamond” takes place in Abu Dhabi. It’ll be Nurmagomedov’s second lightweight title defense.
On a new edition of his Believe You Me podcast, Bisping explained why he thinks McGregor is hoping that Poirier pulls off the upset over Nurmagomedov (via BJPenn.com).
“He’s probably hoping and praying that Poirier beats Khabib in Abu Dhabi,” Bisping said on his Believe You Me podcast. “If Poirier beats Khabib, obviously we all know Conor has that massive win over Poirier. He did it very, very easily. He made short work of Poirier back in the day. Alright, it was back in the day, it was at [145 pounds], but even still, if Poirier wins, there’s a possibility of setting up that rematch. That’s his shot — and easier shot at the title.”
McGregor was last seen in action back in Oct. 2018. He fell short in his bid to become a two-time UFC lightweight champion. The “Notorious” one was submitted by Nurmagomedov. After the bout, both camps were involved in a post-fight brawl.
While both men are free of their suspensions under the Nevada State Athletic Commission, McGregor’s fighting future remains unclear. UFC president Dana White has claimed that Conor McGregor wants to fight again and keeps pushing for a rematch with Nurmagomedov. Time will tell what’s next for the former “champ-champ.”