Michael Bisping and Georges St-Pierre consider Conor McGregor ought to face Nate Diaz when he returns from damage, somewhat than pursue a fourth struggle with Dustin Poirier.
The Irishman was overwhelmed twice by ‘The Diamond’ in 2021, fracturing his leg in two locations once they met at UFC 264 in July.
Regardless of not having the ability to struggle once more this 12 months, McGregor has returned to coaching method forward of schedule due to the assistance of his McGregor FAST crew.
Nonetheless, the 33-year-old was on the unsuitable facet of a 10-Eight spherical in Las Vegas when he fought Poirier of their ill-tempered rematch and referee Herb Dean was monitoring the motion extraordinarily carefully in case a stoppage was required.
Given how McGregor was overwhelmed soundly on Combat Island in January by Poirier and has received only one struggle since 2016, former middleweight champion Bisping believes a 3rd struggle in opposition to Diaz makes far more sense.
“Hopefully, we see that struggle,” ‘The Rely’ advised the ‘Imagine You Me‘ Podcast.
“I’m undecided if he desires to return again, Conor I’m speaking about, after what’s in all probability going to be a few 12 months’s lay-off and preventing Dustin for the third time.
“You type of need to get your whistle moist. Discover your mojo, blow off that ring rust.
“Nate could be the man. Then, if Conor beats Nate, then he fights Dustin, as a result of, you recognize, they’ll do a fourth struggle.
“The fourth struggle will probably be completely huge, however I believe if I used to be Conor’s supervisor, if I used to be advising him, I’d say ‘take a tune-up struggle’, you recognize what I imply?”
Diaz shocked the world when he submitted McGregor at UFC 196, just for the scores to be levelled simply 5 months’ later at UFC 202 when McGregor claimed a choice win.
The 33-year-old has at all times welcomed the trilogy struggle and fellow former two-weight world champion GSP believes Diaz makes extra sense as Poirier ‘has his quantity’.
The Canadian advised MMA Combating: “If he comes again, if I’m his supervisor, I don’t need my consumer to return again to struggle the identical man once more for the fourth time.
“As a result of now it looks like Dustin has his quantity. He must maybe take one other struggle.”
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“I believe he ought to come again and possibly struggle Nate Diaz or another person that has a distinct model than Dustin Poirier.
“As a result of kinds make fights and I’ve the sensation that now Dustin Poirier in all probability has his quantity proper now.
“Conor’s been out for a very long time. He must get again in there to spend extra time within the Octagon, with the intention to discover his personal self, the way in which he strikes, and his means.
“It looks like he may need misplaced a few of his means, as a consequence of his inactivity.”