UFC commentator and former middleweight champion Michael Bisping are not sure former featherweight Conor McGregor will do so well at middleweight, and questioned his current conditioning.
“No wonder it’s 185 because Conor McGregor’s arm—I only saw his arm—but it looked a little flabby gabby,” Bisping said on his podcast Believe You Me. “I thought so. It looks thick, I’m not hating, but he looks a little soft there. He’s definitely bigger.”
The former middleweight champion claims that the fact that McGregor won’t need to struggle to make weight actually can affect him in a bad way.
“Having to make weight makes you disciplined. It makes you live that monk kind of lifestyle, that fighters enjoy and go through. On top of that, he’s not known for having the best cardio. When you’re carrying that extra weight, whether it’s muscle or fat, it’s going to tire you down, it’s going to slow you down, and it’s going to definitely affect your endurance.”
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An issue for Conor McGregor
Conor McGregor has not fought since he broke his leg in a third meeting with Dustin Poirier back in July 2021 and the buzz surrounding his comeback will be massive regardless of weight class and outcome.
“I’m not hating on Conor and I’m really excited for the fight because he’s the most exciting guy because of the energy and the presence and the hype and the performances,” Bisping said. “Win or lose, and there’s been losses recently, they’re still big moments and the comeback is going to be something special. It really is, but I think with all that extra weight it’s going to be an issue.”
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