Michael Bisping explains why Conor McGregor is playing risky business by fighting at middleweight in UFC return: “It’s going to make him tired”

By Harry Kettle - January 4, 2024

UFC commentator Michael Bisping has questioned whether or not it’s a good idea for Conor McGregor to move up to middleweight.

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To kickstart the new year, Conor McGregor announced that he will return to the Octagon for International Fight Week this summer. His aim is to lock horns with Michael Chandler, and he wants to do so at 185 pounds. McGregor has never fought at middleweight before, leading some to believe that he’s simply putting on a show and that he doesn’t actually want to fight at a weight that high.

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Regardless of which way you look at it, there’s still a lot of uncertainty surrounding the Irishman and whether or not he’ll stick to his word. As for Michael Chandler, he has to keep waiting it out to see if Conor really means business.

In a recent video on his YouTube channel, Michael Bisping gave his thoughts on the situation.

Bisping’s McGregor thoughts

“Even back then, he would get a little bit tired. Now he’s jumping up from ’45, ’55, ’70 to 185 pounds; a weight class he’s never fought in before against a really tough opponent in Michael Chandler, and, of course, three years away from the Octagon,” Bisping said.

“It’s going to slow you down, right, and I truly believe that the instincts, the reflexes, will also be slowed,” Bisping explained. “More importantly, the big thing here is that it’s going to make him tired. If he gets tired and Chandler uses the correct gameplan, he could be a sitting duck by round two and three.”

Quotes via MMA News

Do you agree with Michael Bisping? Will we actually see Conor McGregor get back in the cage this year? Let us know your thoughts on this, BJPENN Nation!


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