When Conor McGregor attacked a bus recently, injuring several people and playing havoc with UFC 223’s fight lineup, most people condemned his actions. UFC President Dana White called it “the most disgusting thing that has ever happened in UFC history” and lightweight contender Kevin Lee decried it as the “childish” behavior of a “cokehead.” But not everyone is so down on the event, or at least, not everyone is willing to write McGregor completely off for his behavior, chief among them, former UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping.
On the most recent episode of his Believe You Me podcast, Bisping commented on the McGregor bus attack, suggesting that the former two-division champion’s behavior was unacceptable but that he won’t cast stones because he too has made mistakes in his life.
“I’m not trying to throw him under a bus and I don’t need to because the world is doing that,” said Bisping. “The world is judging him. I can’t say anything, I’ve made my fair mistakes over the years. Never to that extent but I’ve certainly done things I regret. But when you look at the situation and you look at Conor McGregor, here’s a guy who quite literally has the world at his feet. He’s got untold wealth. He’s absolutely f**king loaded. He could never work another day in his life and he’d live a very, very extravagant lifestyle.
“He’s been a world champion. He’s super successful in his chosen career. He’s got over $100 million. People love him. Rightly or wrongly, everywhere he goes, people love him. He’s got a beautiful fiancée at home. He’s got a child. He’s got every reason to go through this life happy. Happy, with a smile on his face.”
Bisping is not wrong. McGregor made an estimated $100 million for his boxing match with Floyd Mayweather Jr. and just recently signed an endorsement deal with Burger King. He also welcomed his first child into the world last year with his long-time girlfriend Dee Devlin. From the outside, everything certainly seems to be aces for McGregor at the moment which is why Bisping says he needs to lose the chip on his shoulder and let the little things go.
“Just lose the chip, that would be my advice,” said Bisping. “Just lose the f**king chip on the shoulder, man. It’s made me realize as well, cause I’ve got a good life. I’m very, very lucky. I thought about this. You see Conor going out there and doing this like, ‘What the hell are you doing? Why would you behave like that?’
“Look at everything he has going for him. People would literally kill to be in his position. People dream of being in that position and now he’s in that position and he’s going out there and acting like that. He’s only letting himself down.”
McGregor is currently facing multiple charges stemming from his involvement in the incident and will likely be sued by multiple parties as well, not to mention the possible ramifications to his sponsorship deals the bus attack may have had. He also has to face the ire of Dana White, who still has the rights to promote McGregor’s future fights should “Notorious” ever decide he does want to compete again. That last one might not be such a big deal though, according to Bisping, who says that though the UFC didn’t like the incident, at the end of the day, any publicity is good publicity.
“I tell you right now, if that was Ray Borg that threw a dolly, if that was Rafael dos Anjos that did that, if it was f**king anyone else, they’d be gone. They would be so f**king done in the organization. But no, the footage is on the Embedded! And listen, if you’re the UFC, now you have to do Khabib vs. Conor, and that’s all the Countdown show will be. Conor running in there, smashing the window, Khabib’s reaction, all that type of stuff.
“At the end of the day, is that how you want people to behave? No, but can you turn it into a positive? Of course you f**king can and you can turn it into a s**t-ton of money. That is going to be a MASSIVE pay-per-view. 100 percent. Khabib already has a huge following. Conor, of course, massive following. Them two fight after all that? Forget about it. Well over 1.5 million buys.”
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UFC champ Khabib Nurmagomedov has been calling Conor McGregor a “chicken” since 2016. Now, a Dagestani supermarket has begun labeling its frozen chicken after the Irishman (h/t @joaska_ ) pic.twitter.com/oDDToMB8Al— Karim Zidan (@ZidanSports) April 11, 2018
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