CONOR McGREGOR'S lack of conditioning reared its ugly head again in his shock KO loss to Dustin Poirier, UFC legend Michael Bisping claimed.
The Notorious, 32, was knocked out for the first time in his MMA career on his return to the octagon on Saturday night after 12 months out.
Poirier avenged his 2014 first-round KO defeat to the Irishman by flooring Mystic Mac in the second this time out and McGregor is now calling for a 'blockbuster trilogy' bout to settle things.
Former UFC middleweight champ Bisping, 41, praised Poirier's phenomenal display but blamed McGregor's failure on getting tired.
On ESPN's UFC 257 post-fight show, the Brit said: "What I saw here was Conor’s lack of conditioning once again rearing its ugly head.
"I hate to say it. Dustin Poirier had the perfect game plan — go in clinch, try and take him down — and he did that perfectly.
"At the start of the fight, Conor looked sharp. He looked like the usual Conor.
"Landing the left hand, looking confident, going forward, but then when you make somebody wrestler that isn’t used to it, that has a history of getting tired, that’s what we saw.
"We saw the facial expression change. We saw the confidence change and then as the tide started to turn, Dustin Poirier saw the opening, put him to sleep. Just a tremendous night for Dustin Poirier.
"While the stakes were high and Dustin was having success, he was leaving openings that in the past I feel McGregor would have taken advantage of there. But as I said, he was starting to get a little tired and we saw what happened."
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Bisping rubbished claims of 'ring rust' after McGregor blamed inactivity for his failure to do the business with the Brit suggesting it's solely a mental obstacle.
He added: "Georges St-Pierre came off the couch after three and a half years and choked me out unconscious.
"A lot of people say that ring rust is a mental thing and it is. It’s a mental thing.
"If Conor was staying in the gym and doing everything he said, it wouldn’t be a factor.
"The reality is tonight he went out there and he got beat by Dustin Poirier. There’s no shame in that.
"At the end of the day you get ready, two people enter the cage, Dustin was the better man tonight. You can look for excuses. You can try and dissect it. The ultimate answer tonight the better man won the fight."
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