Has Conor McGregor’s hiatus affected his status in MMA? Former middleweight champion, Michael Bisping, weighs in on McGregor’s reputation and his chances of returning to the Octagon.
In the world of mixed martial arts, Conor McGregor’s absence from the Octagon has raised questions about his standing in the sport. Former middleweight champion, Michael Bisping, believes that despite all the money McGregor has, it cannot buy him another UFC lightweight crown.
McGregor, a former undisputed lightweight and featherweight champion, has been out of action since his loss to Dustin Poirier at UFC 264 in July 2021. The fight ended in a first-round doctor’s stoppage TKO after McGregor suffered a fracture in his left tibia and fibula. Since then, McGregor, who recently turned 35, has been rumored to make a return in the welterweight division against Michael Chandler, with the two serving as opposing coaches on The Ultimate Fighter 31.
However, despite the anticipation for their matchup, the UFC has yet to confirm a date, location, or event for the fight. This extended layoff has affected McGregor’s reputation among his peers, according to Bisping. While acknowledging McGregor’s love for fighting and his financial success, Bisping emphasizes that money cannot buy a lightweight championship or respect in the fight game.
As fighters, we pride ourselves in our fighting ability, and McGregor’s hiatus has led to a dip in the respect he commands. Bisping believes McGregor is eager to regain that respect and prove himself once again inside the Octagon.
What are your thoughts? Will we see Conor McGregor back in action soon?