‘The Conor McGregor of old DOESN’T exist anymore’: Ex-UFC champion Michael Bisping claims the Irish MMA star is a ‘pussy cat’ now and questions his hunger to keep fighting because he’s ‘loaded’ and ‘pulling up on $100MILLION yachts’
- Michael Bisping has questioned Conor McGregor’s hunger to keep fighting
- McGregor is one of the world’s richest athletes after his stellar rise to stardom
- But Bisping believes McGregor’s hefty fortune has now caused him to be softer
- McGregor returns to the Octagon for his trilogy bout with Dustin Poirier in July
Former UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping has claimed that the Conor McGregor of old ‘doesn’t exist anymore’ after his rise to stardom.
The typically outspoken McGregor appears to have significantly mellowed over the years, with the Irish fighter’s days scrapping away as a featherweight long gone.
Since then, he has rocketed into the heady heights of being one of the richest athletes ever, as well as the winner of two world titles, and Bisping believes this transformation has turned him into a ‘pussy cat’.
Michael Bisping has claimed that the Conor McGregor (above) of old ‘doesn’t exist anymore’
‘The Conor McGregor of old is just like the me of old. It doesn’t exist anymore,’ Bisping told talkSPORT. ‘I’m a nice guy, I’m a pussy cat, but I used to be a bit of a nightmare. With Conor McGregor, it’s the same thing.
‘The man’s loaded. He’s pulling up on $100 million yachts and got million dollar watches. He gets chauffeured in Rolls Royce’s.’
‘Evander Holyfield said, “it’s hard to get out and run at 6am when you’re sleeping in silk sheets”. Fighters, we’re hungry and want to turn it around. Maybe we’re cut from the same type of cloth or the wrong side of town.
Former UFC middleweight champion Bisping questioned McGregor’s hunger to keep fighting
‘We like to fight and that’s our only hope. The dream is to make some money and turn your life around, he’s done that in a big way and he’s never going to go skint.’
McGregor will return to the Octagon for his trilogy fight against Dustin Poirier on July 10 in Las Vegas.
The ‘Notorious’ was made to suffer defeat in their second showdown back in January, with Poirier emerging victorious courtesy of a second round knockout at UFC 257.
However, the contrast in McGregor was stark – with the superstar choosing to show respect to Poirier instead of savaging him in a war of words. But the notion that his softer side has now emerged was not used as a criticism by Bisping, he says.
McGregor is now one of the world’s richest athletes and has notably mellowed over the years
The ‘Notorious’ had sold a stake in whiskey brand Proper No 12 in a reported $600million deal
‘That’s not an insult, that’s just the reality of the situation,’ Bisping added. ‘It doesn’t mean he can’t go out there and have a great performance and win, because he can. It’s going to be a tough fight though.’
McGregor’s net worth is said to be around an eye-watering £181million. He is believed to have earned roughly £61m for his money-spinning fight with Floyd Mayweather in 2017.
In addition, he has banked handsomely from various sponsorship and endorsement deals over the years, and also sold a stake in whiskey brand Proper No 12. That deal is thought to have been worth around $600m (£422m).
The 32-year-old is also comfortably one of the most popular figures in UFC, and his status has seen him net £12.4m in prize money so far. This hefty sum does not include revenues from pay-per-view, however.
McGregor will next step into the Octagon for his trilogy fight against Dustin Poirier (R) in July
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