Michael Bisping was taken by surprise by Conor McGregor’s boxing debut against pound-for-pound great Floyd Mayweather Jr. on Aug. 26, and admits that he was on the edge of his seat whilst watching the bout amongst friends in his California home.
McGregor, the UFC lightweight champion, took it to Mayweather in the early rounds but faded as the fight wore on. ‘The Best Ever’ walked McGregor down in the middle rounds and eventually got the stoppage in the 10th, overwhelming the Irishman with a barrage of punches against the ropes.
“Of course,” Bisping said on The Rich Eisen Show when asked if he would be interested in a potential high-profile boxing bout. “I’m a professional fighter. That’s what I do.”
“Because he’s Conor McGregor and I’m Michael Bisping,” Bisping said when asked why he would fare better than McGregor in the boxing ring. “We’re all different individuals. I don’t run out of gas. I don’t get tired in my fights.”
McGregor, 29, has had cardio problems in the past against Nate Diaz, exhausting himself in their first welterweight bout at UFC 196 and losing via second-round rear-naked choke. The multi-promotion champ also looked to be on the verge of exhaustion in the 10th round of the Mayweather fight.
Bisping, on the other hand, is one of the most well-conditioned fighters in the sport and often overwhelms his opponents with consistent pressure boxing.
The Brit will defend his middleweight belt against former welterweight champ St-Pierre at UFC 217. The blockbuster pay-per-view takes place tomorrow night, Nov. 4 at Madison Square Garden, New York.