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Michael Bisping suggests Conor McGregor accepts ‘tune-up fight’ against Nate Diaz

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Michael Bisping would like to see Conor McGregor take on Nate Diaz before he fights Dustin Poirier again.

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Conor McGregor shouldn’t go rushing into a fourth fight against Dustin Poirier after he recovers from his broken leg, according to UFC Hall-of-Famer Michael Bisping.

Bisping has advised McGregor to accept a ‘tune-up fight’ against Nate Diaz, with who he is long overdue a trilogy, before ‘The Notorious’ tries to avenge his latest loss to ‘The Diamond’.

McGregor is tied 1-1 with Diaz and is 1-2 against Poirier, losing to the latter in back-to-back stoppages.

“Hopefully, we see that fight,” Bisping said of McGregor-Diaz 3 on his Believe You Me podcast (h/t SportsKeeda). “I’m not sure if he wants to come back, Conor I’m talking about, after what’s probably going to be about a year’s lay-off and fighting Dustin for the third time. You kind of want to get your whistle wet. Find your mojo, blow off that ring rust. Nate would be the guy. Then, if Conor beats Nate, then he fights Dustin, because, you know, they are going to do a fourth fight. The fourth fight will be absolutely massive, but I think if I was Conor’s manager, if I was advising him, I would say ‘take a tune-up fight’, you know what I mean?”

McGregor is expected to be out of action until mid-2022 at the earliest after he suffered a broken leg against Poirier in their trilogy bout at UFC 264. The former two-division champion is currently #9 in the UFC lightweight rankings.