CONOR MCGREGOR is not the same as he once was and may have turned into a ‘pussycat’ ahead of his fight with Dustin Poirier.
The 32-year-old Irishman will look to avenge his second round knockout defeat to Poirier earlier this year when he faces the American for a third time at UFC 264 on July 10.
But Bisping, who was the first Briton to win a UFC world championship, is unsure whether the money McGregor has accumulated may have taken away from his motivation to keep on winning.
He told talkSPORT: “The Conor McGregor of old is just like the me of old. It doesn’t exist anymore.
“I’m a nice guy, I’m a pussy cat, but I used to be a bit of a nightmare. With Conor McGregor, it’s the same thing.
“The man’s loaded. He’s pulling up on $100 million yachts and got million dollar watches. He gets chauffeured in Rolls Royce’s.
“Evander Holyfield [sic] said ‘it’s hard to get out and run at 6am when you’re sleeping in silk sheets’.
“Fighters, we’re hungry and want to turn it around. Maybe we’re cut from the same type of cloth or the wrong side of town.
“We like to fight and that’s our only hope. The dream is to make some money and turn your life around, he’s done that in a big way and he’s never going to go skint.”
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He went on to add: “That’s not an insult, that’s just the reality of the situation.
“It doesn’t mean he can’t go out there and have a great performance and win, because he can. It’s going to be a tough fight though.”
McGregor has won just one of his last four fights since beating Eddie Alvarez in November 2016.
The Notorious crossed over into boxing and was stopped by Floyd Mayweather.
He then returned to the octagon but was submitted by Russian Khabib Nurmagomedov in a grudge match in 2018.
A 40-second destruction of Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone appeared to signal a comeback at the beginning of last year, but he decided to announce his retirement for a fourth time.
He then returned once more five months ago but it did not go as planned as Poirier knocked him out with a barrage of punches.