It looks like either Tony Ferguson or Nate Diaz will be the next man to face Conor McGregor; so who is the tougher match-up for the lightweight champ? Well, Mr. Michael Bisping recently shared some thoughts on the subject…
After McGregor was stopped by undefeated boxer Floyd Mayweather in August, the consensus was that the Irish star would look to face Diaz in a rubber match. The argument was / has been that a third fight with Diaz is the biggest bout the UFC can offer McGregor right now. Speculation that a rubber match is on the horizon was also heightened by comments from McGregor’s team, like his head coach John Kavanagh, who’ve said they think a third fight with Diaz should come next.
But, now that Ferguson is holding the interim lightweight title, thanks to a memorable, submission win over Kevin Lee, there seems to be a fair amount of buzz about “El Cucuy” taking on McGregor. Well, during a recent episode of the “Believe You Me” podcast, Bisping weighed-in on the potential match-ups for McGregor. Here is some of what he had to say (quote via Bloody Elbow):
“For sure [Ferguson is a tougher fight than Diaz]. The problem is for Tony Ferguson is that he does get hit,” Bisping said. “We saw that against Kevin Lee, he had his chin up in the air a few times and Kevin Lee exposed that. Conor, love him or hate him, the guy can fight and he can strike and he can box. We saw that against Mayweather and if Kevin Lee connected with [Ferguson], sure as hell Conor will connect as well.”
“The problem that Conor has is the same problem that Kevin has: his gas tank isn’t the best. That’s not me being negative, it’s just that history has shown that. But Tony can weather the storm. Can he weather the storm in the way that Nate Diaz did? Can he take those shots? I guess we’ve got to see the fight to find out but it’s certainly an interesting matchup and you can make a lot of cases for both guys to win.”
These are interesting points, and others have noted that Ferguson does tend to get tagged in fights, and have questioned if he has the same iron chin as Diaz. It’s worth adding, however, that Ferguson has never been stopped do to strikes. He’s also way more unpredictable than Diaz, and more explosive as well.