Top lightweight title contenders like Justin Gaethje, Islam Makhachev and Beneil Dariush have been frustrated by talk that after two losses, McGregor could be Charles Oliveira’s next opponent.
Michael Bisping has slammed top lightweight title contenders for complaining that Conor McGregor could receive an immediate title shot this year.
Top contenders in the division such as Justin Gaethje, Beneil Dariush and Islam Makhachev have expressed their displeasure that Charles Oliveira could choose to defend his belt against McGregor, despite losing the Irishman in his last two fights.
But former middleweight champion Bisping says it was their fault they were missing out on title opportunities by not focusing enough on selling a big fight with Oliveira.
McGregor is not only a two-division world champion, but he is also the most drawn fighter in the history of the sport by a wide margin.
And Bisping thinks it’s the fighters’ responsibility to make themselves undeniable both inside and outside the cage.
“I know a lot of people would be upset,” Bisping explained during a video for his YouTube channel.
“A lot of people in the top 15, top five, top ten, they’re going to say, ‘What’s going on? Why does Conor McGregor get to jump the line?
“Well guess what? Like I said, it’s a fight. It’s the pay-per-views, it’s the UFC. And they’ve got the fights, historically, that we want to see.
“So if you’re not happy that Conor McGregor can jump the line and fight the champ when he’s not even ranked, don’t blame Conor McGregor. Don’t blame Dana White, don’t blame the UFC. Blame your fucking me.
“Because you are ultimately responsible because they’re setting up the fights that we want to see. And that’s why the UFC is so popular because that’s what they do.
Bisping, during his own run as middleweight champion, never fought No. 1 contenders Yoel Romero or Robert Whittaker.
Following his stunning win over Luke Rockhold in June 2019, he took on 46-year-old Dan Henderson in a rematch at Manchester Arena before taking on former welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre.
And given his own experience, he doesn’t blame Oliveira, who battled seven losses in his 12 years with the UFC to become champion, for choosing the big-money option.
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“I’m a boxer, and the prize is money,” Bisping offered. “Georges St-Pierre was the biggest prize I had at the time.
“Not only a legendary opponent, but in terms of pay-per-view dollars, that’s what we all want.
“And McGregor said it best himself: Red Panties Night, when you fight McGregor he’s right, it’s Red Panties Night for lack of a better phrase.
“There’s no bigger star, there’s no bigger prize, there’s no bigger or brighter red panties you can get fighting Conor McGregor.
“And imagine that you are Charles Oliveira coming from the slums of Brazil, the favelas, through the difficulties, the ups and downs, the adversity that he had in his life.
“You say to him, ‘Hey, do you want to fight Justin Gaethje? Cold-blooded killer, heavy-handed man, granite chin. Crazy fight. Or do you want to fight Conor McGregor?’
“If I’m Charles Oliveira, I choose Conor McGregor all day.”