The pair are both former world champions in the UFC, and share a manager in Audie Attar, but they appeared to be at loggerheads last week when McGregor took a number of jabs at Bisping
Michael Bisping has explained that his feud with Conor McGregor dates back to his audition for the 2017 film XXX with Vin Diesel.
The pair share a management company, and hadn’t outwardly gone back-and-forth before McGregor’s tweet-and-delete rant at the former middleweight champion last week.
But Bisping has revealed the rivalry began when he was cast as ‘Hawk’ in the blockbuster film after McGregor had initially been penciled in to make his big-screen debut.
McGregor opted instead to head into an intense training camp for his rematch with Nate Diaz that summer, leaving Bisping to snatch the role.
But the Manchester native insists he was not handed the role when McGregor pulled out of filming, explaining that he auditioned for the movie with a host of other actors.
“He was supposed to do XXX and then got his a** kicked by Nate Diaz,” Bisping told Mirror Fighting . “He didn’t want to risk doing an acting role and training for a fight at the same time so he stepped aside.
“So I actually auditioned for the role in Santa Monica amongst many other people, I wasn’t ‘given it’, nobody ‘handed it to me’, Vin Diesel didn’t even know who I was.
“I got the part on my acting ability, and he tried to discredit me but whatever.
“I went out and got the role, then I went and won the world title on two weeks’ notice so it all worked out for me.”
McGregor recently took aim at ex-UFC middleweight champion Bisping, as well as his broadcast partner Daniel Cormier in a series of aggressive social media posts during his recent recovery from a broken leg.
He has been staying in California with family after snapping his tibia against Dustin Poirier last month, and McGregor has remained in the headlines through these jabs, which also saw him hit out at bitter rival Khabib Nurmagomedov.
The former two-weight world champion’s jokes came close to the bone when, after the pair had fired light jabs at the other, he made a remark about how Bisping “dipped” when a group knocked on his mother’s door.
The Brit has clarified this claim on his podcast Believe You Me, saying that he was already an established UFC fighter in America when the incident took place.
Speaking after the dust had settled, Bisping claimed that he wasn’t too worried about McGregor’s posts, and said that he understands why he is so wound up.
“He’s just angry at the world because he’s losing fights at the minute,” he added. “I don’t want to get into the back-and-forth.
“He’s a little sensitive right now, you say one thing and he goes off the deep end.
“He lost his last fight, he lost the one before that, he’s p***ed off, that’s what he prides himself on so love him or hate him he does bring a lot of excitement to the game.
“He should rest up, heal up, and try to win another fight.”
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