Conor McGregor could come back and knockout Charles Oliveira to win UFC title, says Michael Bisping

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‘Charles Oliveira is hittable and Conor can still f***ing hit’: Michael Bisping claims champion is best match-up for McGregor in lightweight top five as Irishman ‘has still got that left hand’

  • Conor McGregor is recovering from the broken leg he suffered last year
  • He is desperate for another title shot but has not won at lightweight since 2016 
  • Michael Bisping backs McGregor to have strong chance against Charles Oliveira
  • Retired British star said: ‘Charles is hittable and Conor can still f***ing hit’


Michael Bisping claims Conor McGregor matches up well with ‘hittable’ lightweight champion Charles Oliveira as he ‘can still f***ing hit’.  

The retired former middleweight champion recognises that McGregor’s peak days as an athlete may well be in the past but gives him a great chance of winning the belt if he is matched with the Brazilian. 

McGregor is currently on the comeback path from the broken leg he suffered last year and has not won a fight in the division since 2016. 

Charles Oliveira has been sensational as champion

Conor McGregor would have a fair chance against the Brazilian, says Michael Bisping

Michael Bisping believes Conor McGregor would match up well with Charles Oliveira

Bisping (right) says the power and striking ability of McGregor gives him a chance

Bisping (right) says the power and striking ability of McGregor gives him a chance 

But he has been vocal in campaigning for a title shot when he returns. Oliveira is scheduled to defend his belt against Justin Gaethje in May but the Irishman, who still holds massive negotiating power, has his eyes on UFC gold. 

The prospect of McGregor winning the title back is one that Bisping says would send shockwaves through the MMA world. 

He told the Joe Rogan Experience: ‘It’s wild but if you ran the company would you want that to happen?

‘You probably would, let’s be honest. The reality is, Conor’s best days are long gone, probably. You can’t stay at the top forever.

Oliveira is a master on the ground but is 'hittable', according to Bisping

Oliveira is a master on the ground but is ‘hittable’, according to Bisping 

‘I’ll tell you this, if there’s a person that you’d put him against in the top five to beat, it would be Charles Oliveira. 

‘Charles is hittable and Conor can still f***ing hit. He’s fast and Charles is hittable…. I’m just saying, there’s a potential that Conor comes back, beats Charles Oliveira and becomes champion again. 

‘That is — I don’t think I can deal with the world if that happens. Oh my god. But it might happen. He’s still got that left hand, he’s still got power and speed.’

While Bisping accepts that McGregor might be past his best, he thinks the Dubliner deserves credit for still maintaining his hunger to fight. 

McGregor has not fought since last summer and is recovering from a broken leg

McGregor has not fought since last summer and is recovering from a broken leg 

He added: ‘You can say whatever you want and of course he’s gonna say that, and we all say it. “I’m still the same guy, I’m still the same fighter.” No you f***ing ain’t. No you’re not. Your motivation for doing this is gone. You’re doing it now because — and listen, you’ve got to respect this about him — he loves the fight game. I respect that about him, I really do. 

‘That’s the only thing that he can’t buy. The guy can buy whatever he wants and he’s buying yachts and this and that, and God bless him. But you can’t buy the UFC championship of the world. 

‘That’s the only thing you can’t buy so he’s got no choice but to go and fight for it, and he’s still choosing to do that so you have to respect that.’

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