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.

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Francis Ngannou Shares Root Cause Of Issues With The UFC

UFC heavyweight champ Francis Ngannou says his failure to accept a low-ball contract is at the heart of his issues with the UFC. Ngannou will defend his heavyweight title for the first time against Ciryl Gane at UFC 270 on January 22. The 35-year-old captured the strap against Stipe Miocic in March, announcing his reign […]

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UFC heavyweight champ Francis Ngannou says his failure to accept a low-ball contract is at the heart of his issues with the UFC.

Ngannou will defend his heavyweight title for the first time against Ciryl Gane at UFC 270 on January 22. The 35-year-old captured the strap against Stipe Miocic in March, announcing his reign as the new Baddest Man on the Planet with a spectacular KO.

His time as champion, however, has been marred by the UFC’s behind-the-scenes machinations and, in Ngannou’s view, betrayals. Not only was an interim title fight arranged less than five months into his reign, Francis believes his employer did its utmost to “discredit him” in the lead up to that fight.

Ngannou’s gripes with the UFC stretch back years. From Dana White saying that his “ego is so out of control,” to being perennially overlooked for a title shot prior to becoming champ, it’s hard to deny that Francis has been underappreciated by the UFC. This, despite re-energizing the heavyweight division by spectacularly knocking out almost every man placed before him.

Francis Ngannou
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Ngannou Says He’s Had To “Borrow Money To Live” Under Current UFC Contract

Now, “Le Predator” is the latest of a long line of UFC fighters to publicly criticize the promotion for its less than generous remuneration practices.

Unsatisfied with his contract, Ngannou has for some time refused to sign an extension. He currently has one fight left on his deal, but as champion, will remain under contract as long as the UFC continues to offer him fights, precluding his ability to test the market as a free agent.

Speaking to The MMA Hour this week, Francis said that his failure to extend his contract is the root cause of his issues with the UFC. 

“I did not sign a new deal,” said Ngannou (h/t MMA FIGHTING). “First of all, there is a champ clause and they’ve been trying to apply pressure with an extension, but I did not sign a new deal and I think that’s basically the issue. That’s what is causing all these issues because I don’t want to sign a new deal on certain terms.”

Francis is standing firm at the negotiating table, holding out for a better deal. And it’s understandable, given that under his current contract, he’s been forced into debt.

“That doesn’t work for me, because I don’t feel protected in those terms — in the past two years I fought twice and I have to borrow money to live,” continued Ngannou. “Nobody cares about that. I have no guarantee and I have no protection, so based on that experience I want to get something better, better terms on my contract, and obviously paid what I deserve.”

Ngannou, however, still has love for the UFC, and hopes he can work out a deal to continue fighting under its banner.

“The UFC is a beautiful and nice promotion,” said Ngannou. “I love being in the UFC. The only part that is challenging now is behind-the-scenes part. But fighting, I love it. That’s for sure, I love the promotion, that’s not questionable. I still hope that this works out. I still hope, I wish that it would work out. In the meantime, if it doesn’t work out, I can’t do anything.”

What do you think? Is Francis Ngannou being treated unfairly by the UFC?

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Norma Dumont On The UFC PI: “They Fixed Me, I Was Defeated”

UFC featherweight contender Norma Dumont is crediting the UFC Performance Institute’s staff for her recent success in the Octagon. Dumont earned another dominant win over Aspen Ladd at UFC Vegas 40 in her first career main event. She showcased her elite kickboxing to earn the unanimous decision victory and move up in the featherweight title […]

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UFC featherweight contender Norma Dumont is crediting the UFC Performance Institute’s staff for her recent success in the Octagon.

Dumont earned another dominant win over Aspen Ladd at UFC Vegas 40 in her first career main event. She showcased her elite kickboxing to earn the unanimous decision victory and move up in the featherweight title picture.

However, it wasn’t always easy for Dumont in her professional career, as she’s had a history of brutal weight cuts during her time at bantamweight. She was nearly let go from the promotion after missing weight ahead of UFC Vegas 15.

Following her win at UFC Vegas 40, Dumont teared up when thinking about how the UFC PI helped change her weight cutting process and overall nutrition.

Norma Dumont Defeated Aspen Ladd By Unanimous Decision

“I made weight so much better this time,” Dumont said. “I came into the [UFC P.I.] defeated and broken, so I want to thank all of them for all the work they did. Those people put me back together because I was almost fired for missing weight [at UFC Vegas 15]. They fixed me.”

Dumont went on to elaborate on her intentions to make the UFC women’s featherweight division great, despite there being a limited amount of contenders at the moment. Nunes most recently defended her featherweight belt against Megan Anderson at UFC 259.

With her win over Ladd, Dumont is right in the thick of things in the featherweight title picture. She has the Muay Thai background to potentially give Nunes some issues on the feet.

Despite missing weight by almost five pounds ahead of her fight with Ashlee Evans-Smith at UFC Vegas 15, the fight continued and Dumont won by a unanimous decision. Still, Dumont needed to earn the respect and trust of the UFC brass following the bad miss on the scales.

Dumont has one of the true ‘feel good’ stories of 2021, and her escape from a dark moment in her life has proven to be one of the main reasons for her success.

Do you think Norma Dumont should get the next featherweight title shot against Amanda Nunes?

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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
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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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Blaydes: MMA Fans Can Often Be Overly Emotional In Their Arguments

UFC heavyweight contender Curtis Blaydes believes MMA fans are often “overly reactionary” and emotional when discussing the sport’s biggest topics. Blaydes’ comments came after UFC Bantamweight Champion Aljamain Sterling was forced to withdraw from his scheduled title defense against Petr Yan at UFC 267. “Funk Master” has been out of action ever since his title […]

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UFC heavyweight contender Curtis Blaydes believes MMA fans are often “overly reactionary” and emotional when discussing the sport’s biggest topics.

Blaydes’ comments came after UFC Bantamweight Champion Aljamain Sterling was forced to withdraw from his scheduled title defense against Petr Yan at UFC 267. “Funk Master” has been out of action ever since his title crowning at UFC 259 in March. Having undergone neck surgery, Sterling was set to run it back with “No Mercy” in Abu Dhabi.

After not receiving medical clearance as a result of lingering issues following his operation, the champ withdrew. In his place, #3-ranked bantamweight Cory Sandhagen stepped up and will face Yan for the interim gold on October 30.

Despite the likes of Sandhagen supporting the creation of the belt and recognizing the serious nature of Sterling’s surgery, many, especially those within the UFC fanbase, have suggested the 32-year-old should have been stripped of his title.

In an interview with MMA News’ own James Lynch, Curtis Blaydes gave his take on the situation. According to “Razor,” fans are often too quick to judge situations in the heat of the moment. Citing calls for Sterling to be stripped as an example, the 30-year-old suggested many let their emotions take over when giving their opinions.

“MMA fans sometimes are a little overly reactionary and they let their emotions do the speaking. And I’m sure sometimes they regret what they say in the heat of the moment. Because I don’t agree with them. I don’t think he should be stripped of his title. I mean, if the man’s injured, why would he lie? Why would you not want to defend your title and prove to everyone you deserve it?”

Providing some context to Sterling’s withdrawal, Blaydes asserted that a fighter’s health is the most important thing. Given what he’s heard about the 135-pound champ’s situation, he believes Sterling was right to pull out of his rematch with Yan.

“I read in an article he said at this point, he can only do like a few rounds in a row before he starts to lose feeling and the fatigue starts to get to him. You want to be your best. It’s hard to go out there—and you know, like, ‘Hey, if I don’t get this guy out of this cage within the first two rounds, I don’t know what’s gonna happen.’ That’s really scary. So I can’t blame him for just wanting to be healthy. I hope he does get back healthy. I hope he does get the opportunity to walk around and at least get a chance. Like, he might lose, he might win, but I don’t want him to get stripped. I think that’s unnecessary.” 

Catch our full exclusive interview with UFC heavyweight Curtis Blaydes below:

Do you agree with Curtis Blaydes? Or do you think Aljamain Sterling should have been stripped of the bantamweight belt?

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Georges St-Pierre Reveals The Greatest Moment Of His MMA Careers

Georges St-Pierre has a ton of moments from his MMA career that stand out like winning two UFC titles, fighting at home in Montreal, and the massive crowd in Toronto, but one moment still sticks out as the greatest. According to St-Pierre, he says the greatest moment of his career is when he beat matt […]

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Georges St-Pierre has a ton of moments from his MMA career that stand out like winning two UFC titles, fighting at home in Montreal, and the massive crowd in Toronto, but one moment still sticks out as the greatest.

According to St-Pierre, he says the greatest moment of his career is when he beat matt Serra in the rematch in his home city of Montreal, Quebec. It also served as St-Pierre exacting his revenge over Serra following his shocking loss to lose his belt.

“There’s so many, but my number-one is when I beat Matt Serra in Montreal (Quebec, Canada) – because it was at the time when the sport (of MMA) was not really accepted by the media,” St-Pierre said in a UFC promo clip for the Hall of Fame (via Sportskeeda). “And after that night, everything changes. And it was a great opportunity for me to perform in front of all my family and friends.”

Georges St-Pierre
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That night on April 19, 2008, will always be not just a special night for St-Pierre but for Canadian MMA. As “GSP” says, it was a special night as MMA was not very popular in Canada, but it has since become a hotbed and a destination Dana White says they have to go as much as possible.

Georges St-Pierre has not fought since UFC 217 in November of 2017 where he made his return to the sport up a weight class and submitted Michael Bisping to win the middleweight title. He then retired months after the fight citing medical issues. The Canadian was linked to a super fight with Khabib Nurmagomedov, but it couldn’t come to fruition and now it’s highly unlikely St-Pierre will ever fight again.W

In his career, St-Pierre holds notable wins over B.J. Penn, Matt Hughes, Carlos Condit, Nick Diaz, Jake Shields, Dan Hardy, and Johny Hendricks among countless others.

What is your favorite memory from Georges St-Pierre’s career?

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