Conor McGregor lashes out to ‘deal with losing these fights’ after Dustin Poirier defeat, says UFC icon Michael Bisping
CONOR McGREGOR is lashing out on social media to 'deal with losing these fights' after his most recent defeat to Dustin Poirier.
That is the view of former UFC champion and British legend Michael Bisping, who has feuded with McGregor online recently.
The Irishman suffered his third loss in four fights after a horror leg break against Poirier in July.
McGregor in the months after continued to attack the American on social media, as well as arch rivals Khabib Nurmagomedov and Nate Diaz.
But the aggressive nature of his online wrath is all part of McGregor's coping mechanism following defeat, Bisping theorised.
He told MMAFighting: “For [Conor], right now, that’s the best way he can deal with losing these fight.
“I’m not making excuses for him, far from it, because I was at the receiving end of some of his bulls*** recently as well.
"But I think for him to still believe — and I don’t have a relationship with him, we used to be somewhat friendly, we don’t talk anymore, so I’m not speaking from experience or anything like that, just speaking in general as a fighter — he has to believe in his mind that fight was competitive.
“He has to believe in his mind that he was going to turn it around in the second round if the leg hadn’t got broken.
"Because if he doesn’t do that, if he accepts ‘I was getting my ass kicked and I probably would have been finished,’ then it’s a chink in the armor.
"It’s starting to accept that I’m not one of the best in the world.”
McGregor, 33, is currently nursing the broken tibia he suffered in the first round of his trilogy bout with Poirier, 32.
He has undergone successful surgery and already started training once again for his return, where he has vowed to win UFC gold again.
But after such a setback, and a dip in results, the climb back to the top could be an almighty one.
For [Conor], right now, that’s the best way he can deal with losing these fight.
Bisping said: “You’ve got to think about it, he came to the UFC, went on this crazy tear, beat everybody, became a champ, then became the double champ, made tons of money, world famous, all the rest of it.
"But now that’s all still there, the money’s still there, the fame’s still there, but the only thing that’s not there is beating the opponents.
“The Conor that I used to know, he prides himself on that. There’s a reason he got to where he was.
"It’s not easy to get to those kinds of heights. When I won the championship, that came from years and years of sacrifice, hard work and dedication.
"It’s because anyone who achieves that, it’s what they pride themselves on.”