Former UFC star Michael Bisping has told Diaz and McGregor to renew their lightweight rivalry in a trilogy bout, after the pair feuded on the five year anniversary of their infamous rematch
Michael Bisping has told Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz to renew their rivalry and organise a trilogy bout rather than feuding on social media.
The pair jousted on social media as the Irish star branded Diaz a “skinny little fool” after Diaz mocked his injury suffered during his latest defeat to Dustin Poirier at UFC 264.
Diaz earned victory in the first meeting between the lightweights with a submission victory, before McGregor quickly avenged his defeat with a decision shut-out later that year in a historic clash.
But Bisping believes that the pair should “fight or shut up’ after their Twitter spat fuelled rumours that the pair could finally meet in the cage for the third time.
“I mean listen, Diaz is great, Conor’s great, they are both big stars but they’re just talking sh*t at one another,” Bisping said on his podcast. “Listen, now it gets a little tiresome after a while. Either just fight or shut up.
The pair are largely considered two of the biggest fighters in the sport, and agreed together that there are currently “a lack of stars” on the UFC roster.
And Bisping has also revealed that he believes a “tune-up fight” with Diaz would serve the Irishman best, ahead of pursuing a fourth clash with Poirier for the title.
“God knows what’s happening with him,” Bisping said on his podcast Believe You Me. “When he gets off Twitter and decides to stop talking s*** about half the world and his leg’s healed, he’ll need to be able to walk without limping.”
“If Dustin Poirier becomes the champion by then he will get a title shot because if he beats Charles Oliveira and wins the title, and that’s a big if, that’s going to be Conor’s next fight, I would have assumed.
“It’d be very interesting if it wasn’t, I don’t see why it would make news to be honest, it’s just logical, but the big factor is whether or not Dustin is the champ by then.
“If Dustin wins the belt, then Conor fights for the belt and if Dustin doesn’t then he doesn’t because there’s no way he’s going in for a title fight unless it’s Dustin Poirier.”
McGregor has also spoken of ambitious plans to fight for the welterweight title currently held by Kamaru Usman, who has recently inflicted a second defeat on Jorge Masvidal.
But his bitter rival Poirier is plotting his own move to the 170 pound division and is “definitely” considering a shot at the higher division in the future.
“Of course, I would. Those are some big guys, man. But we’ll see; I definitely think I can fight at 170, you know,” Poirier told ESPN MMA.
“Honestly, now at 155, my metabolism has caught up. When I was cutting to 145, between fights I would get a lot heavier than now.
“I just think my body and my metabolism are getting messed up holding on to a lot of weight. I would shoot up to 190 when I was fighting at 145.
‘Now I don’t get even past 182. It was kind of the max I walk around at. But I think I could fight at 170 as well.”