Bisping: Conor McGregor Is Turning Into A Bully & No One Likes A Bully

Michael Bisping thinks Conor McGregor is trending in the wrong direction and is in need of some swift intervention. Over the weekend, it was reported that Conor McGregor allegedly assaulted Italian DJ Francesco Facchinetti. Both Facchinetti and his wife gave their account of what took place, stating that McGregor sucker-punched the artist without provocation. Bisping began […]

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Michael Bisping thinks Conor McGregor is trending in the wrong direction and is in need of some swift intervention.

Over the weekend, it was reported that Conor McGregor allegedly assaulted Italian DJ Francesco Facchinetti. Both Facchinetti and his wife gave their account of what took place, stating that McGregor sucker-punched the artist without provocation.

Bisping began his monologue on this subject by pointing out similar incidents McGregor has been in, specifically the punching of an old man in a pub and the Machine Gun Kelly fiasco at this year’s MTV Video Music Awards. Based on this track record, Bisping says there is no reason not to believe the version of events presented by Facchinetti and his wife.

Bisping: “At Some Point, Conor’s Gotta Get His Shit Together.”

Conor McGregor, Machine Gun Kelly
Conor McGregor, Machine Gun Kelly

So if McGregor is once again out there causing a ruckus and picking fights with random people, what is causing it? Why is he doing it? Bisping was unable to provide an answer to this problem, but he was able to present some solutions.

“From the outside, it seems like he’s got all the money in the world, he’s got all the fame in the world, he’s got everything he’s ever wanted,” Bisping began in a video posted on his YouTube channel. “And it seems like he needs some people around him to tell him no. Because he’s going around, he’s being unchallenged. He’s getting away with it every single time. And if you’re getting away with it, well, why are you gonna change your ways? It’s only when you get held accountable that you decide to say, ‘OK, I gotta stop doing this. I gotta make some changes in my life.”

Although Bisping does find it a bit peculiar that Facchinetti is opting to sue McGregor as opposed to going directly to the authorities, that is no reason to doubt his story, he says. And when you add this incident to the sum of other notorious indiscretions, it is one foul too many for “The Count.”

“But at some point, Conor’s gotta get his shit together. Because this is gonna end badly one day. You need people around you that are gonna tell you no. You need people that are gonna hold you accountable. You need people that are gonna say, ‘Listen, Conor, what the fuck, man?’

“It seems like a long time ago he was the double-champ of the world. I was a fan of that guy. I’m not a fan of this guy. I don’t think anyone’s a fan of this guy.”

Bisping would also take note of Conor McGregor’s level of competition, which isn’t exactly on par with a former UFC double champion.

“Soon, he’s gonna run out of steam. The train is gonna run out of steam. He can’t continue like this. And one day, he’s gonna fuckin’ pick on the wrong person. And by the way: the old guy at the bar, Machine Gun Kelly, Francesco Facchinetti, these aren’t tough guys, are they?”

The Englishman would then go on to classify the type of man he sees McGregor becoming: a textbook bully.

“I mean, if he’s truly this much of a badass, then go out there and pick on someone—not your own size because someone your own size isn’t very hard, is it? But pick on someone that can fight! You’re a professional fighter. You’re a professional fighter. You’re supposed to be out there looking for challenges. But what he’s essentially turning into right now is a bully. And no one likes a bully. Nobody likes a bully.”

Bisping again pointed to the fact that McGregor recently underwent surgery on his broken leg and reiterated his theory that he may be hopped up on pain pills as a result. He then spoke from experience on the effects heavy medication can have on one’s behavior and temperament.

Nevertheless, no amount of pills excuses McGregor’s behavior, says Bisping, which is in dire need of an attitude check to balance out the mounting tab of misplaced shots.

Do you agree with Michael Bisping’s take on the current state of Conor McGregor?

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Adesanya On Costa/Vettori Fight: “I Wanna See My Children Do Well”

“If I were to bet money on this fight, it would be hard to bet because they both suck.” – Israel Adesanya Sunday, Israel Adesanya released a video where he pulled up a chair; enjoyed a nice, tall glass of Brazilian wine paired with Italian pizza; and gave a thorough breakdown of the upcoming fight […]

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“If I were to bet money on this fight, it would be hard to bet because they both suck.” – Israel Adesanya

Sunday, Israel Adesanya released a video where he pulled up a chair; enjoyed a nice, tall glass of Brazilian wine paired with Italian pizza; and gave a thorough breakdown of the upcoming fight between his two “children,” Paulo Costa and Marvin Vettori.

It’s fight week again, and the upcoming main event this Saturday features top-5 middleweights Paulo Costa and Marvin Vettori. UFC Middleweight Champion Israel Adesanya is no stranger to either competitor, with the Last Stylebender holding a total of three victories over them.

Although both men lost to Adesanya in their most recent contest, Izzy remains an invested observer in the movement around the top of the division. Thus, he will be tuning in this Saturday night along with the rest of us, but don’t expect to catch the champ in the Sportsbooks come fight night.

“How do I see this fight going? To be honest, like I said, if I was gonna bet, I’m not too sure,” Adesanya said on his YouTube channel. “But I’ll go first with Vettori.”

Adesanya Shares Marvin Vettori’s Path To Victory Over Paulo Costa

Israel Adesanya Marvin Vettori
(via Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC)

Despite making the decision not to put any skin in the game, Adesanya went ahead and provided a free breakdown on par with any gambling sharp’s input.

“I would say Vettori is a guy that, when he fought me the last time, he didn’t want to fight. He wanted to survive,” Adesanya said. “He wasn’t trying to win, if you know what I mean. I’ll give him his improvements. His boxing defense was improved. He had better leg movement. His leg was open to bet hit. His attacks were basic. Nothing’s wrong with basics because basics are good. But yeah, his attacks were basic. He was repetitive. He was predictable, very predictable.”

Notwithstanding the flaws Adesanya picked up on from The Italian Dream and the fact that he has already picked Costa to win, the champion still sees a path to victory for Vettori.

“To be honest, I think Vettori’s biggest weapon in this fight is his chin, is that block head, that fuckin’ LEGO block head,” Adesanya assessed. “That’s his biggest weapon in this fight because he can take Costa to deep water by taking punishment, some rope-a-dope shit without the rope-a-dope. Just walking forward and taking punishment…

“I’d say his method of victory is just taking Costa to deep water by grappling him and stalling or just making him work.” 

Adesanya Gives Advice To ‘Son’ Paulo Costa Ahead Of Main Event

Israel Adesanya, Paulo Costa
Israel Adesanya, Paulo Costa

Adesanya would then turn his attention to Borrachina, whom the champion says must bring the fight to his Italian opposition from the opening stanza.

“Costa’s path to victory in this fight: Get him out early,” Adesanya advised. “I feel like: Do what he did that got you to the dance, that got you this far. Because you’re not fighting me. You’re fighting Vettori. And he’s got shitful work, even worse than you. So I feel like Costa can just do what he does and just bullrush him, bulldoze him. But be careful of the takedowns because Vettori’s gonna try that: to time it and take him down.”

Ultimately, Adesanya claims that as long as his “children” give it their best, that’s all a proud father could really ask for, regardless of the final outcome.

“I don’t really care who wins, to be honest,” Adesanya admitted. “I just wanna see a good fight. I wanna see my children do well. I really wish the best for my kids and my kid’s kid.”

It was at this point in the video that Adesanya was ambushed with “paternity test results,” which revealed in Maury Povich-esque fashion that he is, in fact, the father of Paulo Costa.

You can view Adesanya’s full breakdown as well as the surprise paternity test results in the video below.

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After Conquering Wilder, What If Tyson Fury Set His Sights On MMA?

In 2016, Tyson Fury was driving his brand new Ferrari at 190 miles per hour when he decided to kill himself. “I was driving on this strip of the highway where I am and, at the bottom of this five-mile strip, there is a massive bridge that crosses the motorway,” he told Joe Rogan in […]

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In 2016, Tyson Fury was driving his brand new Ferrari at 190 miles per hour when he decided to kill himself.

“I was driving on this strip of the highway where I am and, at the bottom of this five-mile strip, there is a massive bridge that crosses the motorway,” he told Joe Rogan in 2018. “I got the car up to about 190mph and I was headed towards that bridge.”

Only a year earlier, Fury had defeated Wladimir Klitschko to become heavyweight boxing’s unified champion at the age of 27. He had it all. Flashy homes and cars. A loving family. The adulation of fans and pundits alike. 

Tyson Fury Wladimir Klitschko
Tyson Fury and Wladimir Klitschko in their 2015 bout in Dusseldorf, Germany. PHOTO: SKY SPORTS

But having achieved that goal which for so long consumed his every waking thought—dethroning Klitschko—and feeling nothing but emptiness, he descended into a deep, suicidal depression.

“I didn’t care what no one was thinking, I didn’t care about hurting my family, friends, anybody,” continued Fury. “I didn’t care about nothing, I just wanted to die so bad, I gave up on life.”

“And just as I was heading towards that bridge at 190mph in this Ferrari—it would have crushed like a Coke can if I’d have hit it—I heard a voice saying: ‘No, don’t do this Tyson…’”

The Greatest Comeback In Sporting History?

In the depths of his much publicized mental health struggles, Fury had ballooned to over 400 pounds. Many believed he’d never make a boxing comeback, and at the time, Fury had no intention of doing so. He simply wanted to get his life back on track.

But in 2017, after being written off by many, most notably the “big dosser” himself Deontay Wilder, Fury posted a video to Instagram that has since proved prophetic.

“Guess who’s back? The one and only,” declared Fury in the video. “Shout going out to the big ‘Bronze Bomber’ Deontay Wilder. Big respect, for giving me the motivation, telling me I can’t do it and that I’m finished. I’m coming back for you baby. I’m coming back for you!”

Just over a week ago, the “Gypsy King” made good on his promise by defeating Wilder for the second (arguably third) time in their trilogy bout, placing the capstone on one of the greatest comebacks in sporting history. 

Is A Transition To MMA On The Cards?

Now at the summit of boxing, all that’s seemingly left for Fury is to become its first undisputed heavyweight champion in over 20 years by defeating Oleksandr Usyk.

Sure, there’s also potential matchups with the likes of Andy Ruiz, Dillian Whyte and of course Anthony Joshua—who despite his recent loss to Usyk, would still present a hotly anticipated showdown (if he defeats the Ukrainian in their rematch). But in this era in which boxing-MMA crossover fights are becoming increasingly fashionable, will we ever see Fury strap on the four-ounce gloves?

It’s somehow almost comical to visualise Tyson Fury with his back on the canvas, throwing up a triangle. Or swivelling on his heel to send out a question mark kick. But if the “Gypsy King” is anything, he’s a man whose outward appearance belies his athletic abilities. 

Tyson Fury and John Fury
Tyson Fury and his dad, “Gypsy” John. (Photo: Sportsfile – Getty)

With a body drawn upon the lines of a puddle of spilled milk, Fury looks like he should be a slow, flat-footed, plodding giant. Instead, he moves with the agility of a man 100 pounds lighter. His feints, head movement and phenomenal cardio—in addition to a ring IQ that comes with boxing since the age of 10—are what has made him the greatest heavyweight boxer of his generation. 

And it’s this athleticism that his father, “Gypsy” John Fury—whose uncanny likeness to his son could easily see him moonlight as the world’s best Tyson Fury impressionist—believes Tyson could apply with success in MMA.

“With the right training, he’d do very well,” John told Dan Hardy in August. “I’ve seen him excel in different sports like wrestling, so I’ve got kind of an idea what Tyson was from that. I know he can use more than his hands.”

“He’s quick, light on his feet and I do believe, if a top MMA trainer took him on, he could do big things with him—ask Darren Till. The rougher it gets with Tyson, the better he likes it. When he does finally retire from boxing, he’ll probably go to that [referring to MMA] and come back to boxing, but he will engage on that you’ll see.”

Tyson Fury Nixes MMA Switch, But Open To Crossover Fight

Tyson and his dad clearly have different ideas about his boxing retirement plans, however. In June, Fury put paid to any speculation that he’ll make a transition to MMA.

“No, I’ve got no real interest in grappling up and down on the floor and all that sort of stuff,” Fury told talkSPORT. “I’m a stand-up fighting man, I don’t wrestle up and down and grab each other’s arms and sit on each other and all that.”

With the blood of a thousand proud Irish Traveller bare-knuckle boxers flowing through his veins, Tyson seems to be a man for whom the Marquess of Queensbury rules are sacrosanct. The sweaty, gnarly art of grappling, he believes, carries with it little of the nobility so ingrained in the Sweet Science. And while he’s locked in a ring or cage, never the twain shall these two disciplines meet. 

The “Gypsy King,” however, didn’t completely shut the door on a striking-only fight with an MMA fighter.

“I’ve no interest in all that stuff; I like to stand up and fight so would I ever compete as an MMA fighter? Hell no! Would I compete with small gloves on in a cage in a fight? Yes. But no gripping and grappling. The noble art of standing up and what men have been doing for centuries; I don’t see any noble science in wrestling up and down the floor.”

Who Could Tyson Fury Face?

Were Fury to officially declare his openness to a crossover bout, you could imagine that plenty of UFC fighters past and present would throw their hat into the Octagon.

Some, like Vitor Belfort, already have. High on his quick stoppage victory over 58-year-old Evander Holyfield last month, Belfort declared that Fury, in addition to Canelo Alvarez and Jake Paul—basically any boxer, no matter how big or small—can get it. So if there’s a boxing commission on the planet that takes a liberal approach to booking criminally mismatched fights, Fury always has a matchup with “The Phenom” to look forward to.

Tyson’s most likely, and perhaps only realistic opponent however, is Francis Ngannou, who’s traded barbs with Fury in the past, and has often hinted at making the switch to boxing. If Ngannou defeats Ciryl Gane at UFC 270 in January, and with Jon Jones’ extracurricular activities having likely ended hopes of a super fight, he may soon join Fury in that rare club of being the heavyweight with no one exciting left to beat.

It’s unlikely the UFC would ever green light a one-off, striking-only bout under its banner. But given Ngannou’s recent gripes with his employer, he’d surely be keen to land a big payday by stepping into the ring, rather than Octagon, to box Fury.

This month, renowned boxing trainer Teddy Atlas threw a wet rag on hopes that the matchup would deliver anything resembling the edge-of-your-seat excitement of Fury vs. Wilder.

“Let’s be honest with ourselves, if it’s not gonna be based on MMA rules, if it’s gonna be with boxing rules, the guy who’s been boxing since he was 12 years old, the guy who’s had 200 amateur fights, the guy who’s trained in a gym for all those years to be a top boxer, he’s gonna have a huge edge, maybe an insurmountable edge to be quite frank,” Atlas told Submission Radio.

“It would be a big money fight. Would it be competitive? Most likely not… Fury is a pretty complete package, besides having the advantage of years and years of boxing training.”

Still, seeing Fury fight Ngannou—perhaps an even bigger power puncher than Wilder—to decide who is truly the Baddest Man on the Planet, would be a bout to move the needle and capture the imaginations of many.

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[ARCHIVES] Bruce Buffer Says Khabib Has Become The ‘Ultimate Villain’

[MMA NEWS ARCHIVES] Here is a story published on this day three years soon after the blockbuster UFC 229: Khabib vs. McGregor pay-per-view. The following article is presented to you in its original, unaltered form. On This Day Three Years Ago… [ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED OCTOBER 17, 2018, 10:48 AM] Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) announcer Bruce Buffer […]

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[MMA NEWS ARCHIVES]

Here is a story published on this day three years soon after the blockbuster UFC 229: Khabib vs. McGregor pay-per-view. The following article is presented to you in its original, unaltered form.

On This Day Three Years Ago…

[ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED OCTOBER 17, 2018, 10:48 AM]

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) announcer Bruce Buffer believes Khabib Nurmagomedov has set himself up to be a villain.

Buffer has been the UFC’s main announcer since July 1996. He has seen plenty of chaotic moments inside the Octagon, but perhaps none can top what transpired at the conclusion of UFC 229. A brawl ensued following Nurmagomedov’s submission victory over Conor McGregor. It all started when “The Eagle” jumped into the crowd and went after Dillon Danis.

Bruce Buffer Likens Khabib Nurmagomedov To A Villain

Buffer recognizes that Nurmagomedov and McGregor had a legitimate beef, but he feels there was no excuse for Team Khabib’s actions. He went as far as to call Nurmagomedov a villain during a recent appearance on the Anik & Florian Podcast (via MMA Weekly):

“It’s one of those enigmas and we have to get through it and move on. No call for it; no reason for it. The amazing cool cat, Khabib Nurmagomedov, has now become the ultimate villain. It’s amazing how things change overnight.”

Nurmagomedov awaits a decision from the Nevada State Athletic Commission. McGregor will also face disciplinary action, but many believe his punishment will end up being lighter than “The Eagle’s.” If Nurmagomedov is dealt with a light suspension, then he’ll likely keep his UFC lightweight title. A lengthy suspension, however, could be a different story.

The UFC lightweight champion feels his actions are justified. He says McGregor got away with the UFC 223 bus incident as well as talking about his religion and family.

Do you agree with Bruce Buffer, or is it a stretch to call Khabib Nurmagomedov a villain?

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Conor McGregor Accused Of Assaulting Italian DJ Francesco Facchinetti

Former UFC champion Conor McGregor seems to have a pattern of getting into heated confrontations with famous musicians. McGregor is being accused of assaulting famous Italian DJ Francesco Facchinetti and breaking his nose while in Rome this weekend. TMZ was among the first to report the alleged assault. This isn’t the first time that McGregor […]

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Former UFC champion Conor McGregor seems to have a pattern of getting into heated confrontations with famous musicians.

McGregor is being accused of assaulting famous Italian DJ Francesco Facchinetti and breaking his nose while in Rome this weekend. TMZ was among the first to report the alleged assault.

This isn’t the first time that McGregor has been in hot water, just weeks after he nearly got into a brawl with rapper Machine Gun Kelly while attending the 2021 MTV Video Music Awards. McGregor and Kelly were separated just before punches could be thrown.

Conor McGregor Is In Trouble With The Law Yet Again

Conor McGregor
Image Credit: Reuters

According to Facchinetti and his wife, they were out partying with McGregor and his fiancee, Dee Devlin when the group was deciding where to go next early Sunday morning. This was when McGregor allegedly punched Facchinetti without provocation.

Witnesses say McGregor’s friends held him back from beating Facchinetti further. Facchinetti posted on his Instagram Stories after the incident and threatened to take legal action.

“I took a punch for nothing,” Facchinetti said. “That punch could go to anyone. My friends, my wife, or other friends. That’s why I decided to sue Conor McGregor because he is a violent and dangerous person.”

Facchinetti’s wife provided a more detailed account of the alleged incident on her Instagram Stories.

“Then out of nowhere, he threw a punch in the face of Francesco,” she posted. “He was inviting us to another party. Francesco said, ‘Okay, let’s go’ and he hit him. Luckily, he [Francesco] was very close so he [Conor] couldn’t load up on his punch. Francesco flew back, fell on the table, and then on the ground. The first thing that came to mind was ‘are we kidding? Is it a show?’ Then I was paralyzed.

Conor McGregor
Conor McGregor (Photo: Jeff Bottari/Zuffa)

“I turned around and saw that his friends were holding him against the wall because he wanted to continue beating Francesco. Then they took him away. I turned on the light and the guards turned them off. Francesco was bleeding. I wanted to help him and the guards chased us away. He will stay in Italy until October 26th. If you see him stay away from him. Don’t go near him and ask for autographs because he is an unstable and dangerous person.”

McGregor and his family were recently at the famous St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City to witness the baptism of his newborn son, Rian. McGregor is still recovering from a nasty leg injury he suffered at UFC 264. He is anticipating a return to the Octagon sometime in 2022.

McGregor and his team have yet to publicly comment on the incident, and the investigation is ongoing. Charges have yet to be filed against McGregor as a result of the altercation.

MMA News will keep up posted with any further updates on this developing story.

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Bellator 268: Nemkov vs. Anglickas Results & Highlights

Bellator 268 has wrapped up, and we’ve got your results and highlights for you right here! Bellator 268 took place tonight from the Footprint Center in Phoenix, Arizona. The World Light-heavyweight Grand Prix continued with feature bouts in both the main and co-main events. Below, you can find the highlights from tonight’s main card followed […]

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Bellator 268 has wrapped up, and we’ve got your results and highlights for you right here!

Bellator 268 took place tonight from the Footprint Center in Phoenix, Arizona. The World Light-heavyweight Grand Prix continued with feature bouts in both the main and co-main events. Below, you can find the highlights from tonight’s main card followed by the quick results of the full event!

Henry Corrales vs. Vladyslav Parubchenko

Benson Henderson vs. Brent Primus

Ryan Bader vs. Corey Anderson

Vadim Nemkov vs. Julius Anglickas

Bellator 268 Quick Results

Light Heavyweight Grand Prix Semifinal: Vadim Nemkov def. Julius Anglickas via submission (kimura): R4, 4:25

Light Heavyweight Grand Prix Semifinal: Corey Anderson def. Ryan Bader via TKO (punches): R1, 0:51

Brent Primus def. Benson Henderson via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27×2)

Henry Corrales def. Vladyslav Parubchenko via unanimous decision (30-27×3)

Karl Albrektsson def. Dovletdzhan Yagshimuradov via unanimous decision (29-28×3)

Mukhamed Berkhamov def. Jaleel Willis via submission (guillotine choke): R1, 4:05

Nick Browne def. Bobby Lee via submission (heel hook): R1, 1:38

Javier Torres def. Gregory Milliard via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

Sumiko Inaba def. Randi Field via submission (arm-triangle choke): R2, 2:02

Lance Gibson Jr. def. Raymond Pina via TKO (punches): R2, 1:44

Jaylon Bates def. Raphael Montini via submission (armbar): R1, 3:49

Sullivan Cauley def. Deon Clash via TKO (punches): R1, 4:59

Maria Henderson def. Collette Santiago via submission (rear-naked choke): R1, 0:40

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