Former UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping doesn’t think that inactivity was the reason behind the loss of former champion Conor McGregor at UFC 257.
Former UFC featherweight and lightweight champion Conor McGregor suffered a brutal second-round knockout loss to Dustin Poirier in the main event of UFC 257.
Dustin Poirier knocked out Conor McGregor in the second round to avenge his loss to the Irishmen from their first fight which took place back in 2014 at UFC 178. Back then, McGregor had knocked out Poirier in the first round.
Poirier executed his game plan perfectly and invested in low calf kicks early in the fight and also managed to score a takedown early in the fight. While he also ate a couple of hard shots from McGregor early on, he ultimately the calf kicks caught up to the Irishmen and he got knocked out for the first time in his professional MMA career.
Michael Bisping says Conor McGregor wasn’t conditioned well enough
While many fans believe that inactivity may have played a role in Conor McGregor’s loss at UFC 257, Michael Bisping doesn’t believe in that theory.
Prior to fighting Dustin Poirier last week, Conor McGregor fought at UFC 246 in January of 2020 against Donald Cerrone and knocked him out in 40-seconds.
“What I saw here was Conor’s lack of conditioning once again rearing its ugly head,” Michael Bisping said. “I hate to say it. Dustin Poirier had the perfect game plan — go in clinch, try and take him down — and he did that perfectly. At the start of the fight, Conor looked sharp. He looked like the usual Conor. Landing the left hand, looking confident, going forward, but then when you make somebody wrestler that isn’t used to it, that has a history of getting tired, that’s what we saw.
“We saw the facial expression change. We saw the confidence change and then as the tide started to turn, Dustin Poirier saw the opening, put him to sleep. Just a tremendous night for Dustin Poirier.
“While the stakes were high and Dustin was having success, he was leaving openings that in the past I feel McGregor would have taken advantage of there. But as I said, he was starting to get a little tired and we saw what happened.”
Michael Bisping also gave the example of Georges St-Pierre. Bisping fought GSP at UFC 217 back in November of 2017 at the Madison Square Garden in New York City. It was GSP’s first fight in nearly four years, but the Canadian star managed to defeat Michael Bisping via submission in the third round.
“Georges St-Pierre came off the couch after three and a half years and choked me out unconscious,” Michael Bisping said. “A lot of people say that ring rust is a mental thing and it is. It’s a mental thing. (H/T – MMAfighting.com)
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