UFC 264: Michael Bisping Reveals His Pick For Poirier vs McGregor 3
Former UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping, has revealed who he’s picking to win between Dustin Poirier and Conor McGregor in the UFC 264 main event on July 10th.
McGregor finished Poirier in the first round of their first fight at UFC 178 in 2014, while ‘The Diamond’ avenged the loss with his own TKO win in their rematch at UFC 257 in January. The two are set to put an end to their rivalry in the highly-anticipated rubber match next weekend at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
Michael Bisping’s Pick
Speaking to Helen Yee (as transcribed by BJPenn.com), Bisping said that although he has a great amount of respect for McGregor, he’s leaning towards Poirier to get the job done on the night.
“Well I think… I mean to answer the question ‘Who do you think it favours?’, I would have to say that is favours Dustin.” Bisping said. “The reason I say that is because they just fought, and Dustin just knocked [Conor] out. Of course coming into this they are one a piece, but when Conor knocked out Dustin that was a long time ago. It was at 145 pounds of course, so the ability to take a shot for Dustin is a little more improved. We saw he took the shots against Conor McGregor the last time.
“But I’ve got to say that I respect Conor here. Listen, I know a lot of people, you know some of his antics or whatever, I can’t say anything my god my antics were out of control. But you’ve got to respect what he’s doing here. I know personally, to walk back into the Octagon and fight somebody who just put you out. Knocked you out cold and left you on the canvas. To fight that person again, immediately afterwards, without getting a warmup fight with someone a little bit lower to boost your mojo and get the confidence back. That takes a lot of balls. You know, so you’ve got to respect what Conor is doing here.”
Although he’s favouring Poirier, Bisping isn’t ruling out McGregor getting the job done once again.
“I think because of the momentum and because of the recent knockout that maybe lean towards Dustin,” Bisping said. “But, you can never underestimate Conor McGregor, as we know.”
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