McGregor’s ulterior motive for UFC comeback instead of ‘testing himself rubbish’

Conor McGregor has all the money in the world – he is back for the World Championship and nothing else.

Former UFC Middleweight Champion Michael Bisping is backing the Irishman to return in style against Dustin Poirier at UFC 257 this weekend, predicting an early finish on Fight Island.

McGregor, 32, has not stepped into the octagon since his emphatic knockout victory over Donald Cerrone early last year, having announced an apparent retirement in June.

As many had predicted, he is now back to take on Dustin Poirier, with Bisping warning The Diamond that McGregor has his sights firmly set on a title shot against Khabib Nurmagomedov should he return to the sport.

“I don’t think he retired, he never retired,” Bisping exclusively told Daily Star Sport of McGregor.

“Number one is the money, all fighters get into it for the money, some say they want to test themselves and all this type of b******s, the reality is they do it for money. That’s why we do it.

“That’s why I got into it, that’s what a lot of people get into it for. But of course you have got to be good to make any money at all.

“Conor has all the money in the world, so what is he after now? Well he’s after the World Championship.

“All fighters have egos, that’s what makes you great that’s what makes you as successful as you are. Conor has got a big ego, he wants to be the champion of the world.

“Money, combined with ego, combined with wanting to be the best in the world, that’s why Conor is still doing it to this day.”

Khabib has been taking part in public talks with Dana White this week, and the verdict from the boss stated that the Russian is keeping his eye on the weekend’s action.

Bisping is backing the 32-year-old to return should he see the right challenge, in what could be the biggest fight in the history of the sport.

Bisping added: “It certainly sounds like he’s going to come back, the fact that there is all this deliberating and pondering in meetings and all the rest of it – you can’t do all that and say no.

“I think he’s enjoying all the attention, he’s the queen of the ball right now and rightly so. What Khabib has achieved is just incredible.

“I hope we do see him for one more, I’m a massive fan of the guy."

BT Sport Box Office will show UFC 257: Poirier vs. McGregor 2 exclusively live from 3am on Saturday 23rd January.

UFC 257 can be watched on BT TV, Virgin TV, Sky, online via the web or the BT Sport Box Office App and is available to buy at www.bt.com/sportboxoffice

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