- Michael Bisping weighed in on the upcoming TUF 31 season finale match between Conor McGregor and Michael Chandler
- “The Count” predicts how “Iron” Mike will beat “The Notorious”
For obvious reasons, the upcoming The Ultimate Fighter Season 31 has become one of the hottest subjects of discussion in the sport. Coaches Conor McGregor and Michael Chandler will take on each other in the season finale and as early as now, Michael Bisping already sees a lot of big things happening, including how massive of a fight it will be and how the fight will play out.
“Fight of the Year”
Speaking on his YouTube channel, Bisping pointed out that just the hype alone that “The Notorious” and “Iron” Mike will generate already makes it the “Fight of the Year.”
“The fight is gonna be sensational. This is not an easy fight for McGregor… McGregor has always had the self-belief that is one of the best fighters history has ever seen, certainly did that, he made history, the biggest star, two-weight division champion at the same time, the first one to ever do that… So what? no big deal Michael Chandler… He has been nothing but excitement inside the Octagon [too],” Bisping began.
“This has got fight of the year written all over it and pay-per-view? Oh my God! Because Michael Chandler… you can’t miss the guy anytime he fights. If you’re a fan of mixed martial arts, you wanna see him fight and he has the biggest fights possible, he’s been calling out Conor McGregor for a long time and now he gets it done,” he continued.
The former champ’s early prediction
As for how the fight will go down, Bisping sees Chandler getting the better of McGregor if he relies on his wrestling. The Brit still acknowledges the fact that “The Notorious” has that one-punch knockout power in his left hand by he doubts if that will still be there considering the former two-division champ’s lengthy inactivity.
“For Michael Chandler to win this fight he’s gonna use the wrestling, he’s gotta use the wrestling. I’m not saying that he can’t compete on the feet, of course you can but the smartest path to victory would be to wrestle him. That’s not saying that McGregor can’t stop takedowns, of course you can… [But] Michael Chandler’s gonna go out there, he’s just gonna throw everything, he’s gonna throw everything but the kitchen sink. McGregor’s gonna do the same and it’s gonna be absolutely ballistic but McGregor’s been away by the time this fight comes around… of course he had the leg injury, so it’s not like 2 ½ years he’s been training the whole time,” Bisping predicted.
“Has he [McGregor] still got it? that is the big question and that’s why I respect him for taking this fight… Tony Ferguson would have been, with respect to Tony, kind of a more winnable fight… It is it’s a tough fight for McGregor you know as I say he’s been away for a while, he’s getting older, he’s been partying a bit, he snapped his leg got up to 170 and 185, 205 whatever he weighs now if the fight takes place at 155 he’s gonna lose all that mass, he’s gonna come off the supplements that he’s been taking, he’s gonna get fit, he’s gonna get in shape and he’s gonna stay focused,” he continued.
“Who do I think wins? Oh, I mean there is a potential that McGregor lights him up there’s a potential that McGregor lands that left hand and knocks him out could you imagine the world would lose its mind, the king is back, I’m not surprised, all that type of stuff but I don’t know if you will, I don’t know if he’s got the time and I don’t know if the power is still there.”
Chandler and McGregor are both former champions and Bisping is right when he said that it could the fight of the year. But at the end of the day, only one will walk out of the Octagon victorious.
Make no mistake, McGregor will try and secure a big win over Chandler to prove that he is still a championship-caliber fighter. On the other hand, Chandler will make the most of the fight he has been yearning for and raise his stock with a big win as well. The former Bellator champ thinks he could take McGregor out in 2 rounds.
Both fighter will also try and bounce back after losing to Dustin Poirier respectively in their last fight. The fight will be at welterweight but the date and location is yet to be announced.