Michael Bisping finally reached the pinnacle of the UFC’s middleweight division when he stopped Luke Rockhold back in June, but despite creating history in the process, fans are understandably still talking about Conor McGregor.
The UFC Featherweight Champion has created a buzz like no other, becoming the biggest draw for the company and he continues to get fans invested into the sport.
NO MCGREGOR MOTIVATION
However, Bisping was quick to laugh off the claims that McGregor motivates him to become a better fighter, telling Metro.co.uk exclusively that ‘Notorious’ wouldn’t be where he is today without his influence.
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While ‘The Count’ is preparing for his first title defence against Dan Henderson at UFC 204 in Manchester, fans are still buzzing about McGregor’s win over Nate Diaz last week, but Bisping believes his long career inside of the Octagon inspired the Irishman to begin with.
He said: “No, why would Conor McGregor motivate me?
“I motivate Conor McGregor. When Conor McGregor was learning to stand to throw his first punch, I was kicking ass in the UFC.
“I’ve been at this stage a lot longer, so I motivate Conor McGregor. I inspire him. If it wasn’t for me, he wouldn’t exist.
“He would be working for minimum wage at the docks in Dublin.”
"I'D SNAP HIS NECK LIKE A TWIG"
It’s clear that Bisping has acted as a pioneer for British and Irish fighters, as he’s put on some all-time classic in the middleweight division since winning The Ultimate Fighter competition back in 2006.
So you can understand his frustration at hearing such comments, considering he’s worked for 10 years in the UFC before dethroning Rockhold in shocking fashion.
He went on to say: “Put it like this, let’s have it right. Conor McGregor comes up to my waist, and he weighs about the same as my little finger.
“So I’d snap his neck like a twig.”
It wasn’t all negativity, as he praised his fellow champion for what he’s brought to the sport.
He said: “But he’s a cool guy. He’s a great fighter. He brings a lot of excitement.
“He’s been great for the sport. He brings a lot of eyes. Listen, he’s very watchable, he’s very sellable.
“He brings a lot of excitement, and he delivers, I’m a fan.”
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