Michael Bisping would not be shocked if Conor McGregor is handed an immediate UFC world title shot upon his return next year.
The Irish star has an array of options available when he looks to make his comeback next year after his recovery from a broken leg is complete.
He has demanded an immediate title shot when he fights for the first time since his second defeat by Dustin Poirier.
But UFC heavyweight Michael Bisping believes McGregor will be extremely fortunate to be fighting for a title after three defeats in his last four bouts.
"Yeah, McGregor, title fight next. I don't know, maybe he could," Bisping said on his Believe You Me Podcast. "It wouldn't be that craziest thing to ever happen, let's be honest, the man is a f***ing mega-star so maybe.
"I doubt it, I doubt it very much but obviously I assume it was just a tweet. But you can't look at that like it's gospel. Obviously, that's what Conor McGregor wants.. it's not gonna happen, but if it does happen, it wouldn't blow my mind either.
"The guy has lost three of the last four I believe, so there's no way the guy is coming back for a title shot."
Bisping has feuded with McGregor since his defeat to Poirier in July, but is still confident that the Irishman remains one of the UFC's biggest stars aside from his recent turmoil.
He has previously advised him to face Nate Diaz in a welterweight trilogy which now appears unlikely, with the American having only one fight remaining on his current deal with the promotion.
Instead McGregor is more focused on a 155lb revival with just a single victory to his name since 2016, which came against Donald Cerrone last year.
He has slid down the rankings to No.9 behind the likes of lightweight contenders Michael Chandler and Rafael Dos Anjos who have both issued call-outs to McGregor in recent weeks.
McGregor has also faced criticism about his outside-of-the-cage behaviour that many feel is having an adverse effect on his UFC legacy.
Although former Canadian UFC star Georges St-Pierre believes that McGregor will need to change his "lifestyle" to ensure he can conjure up a career rebirth next year.
"Conor McGregor, now his stock is going down," St-Pierre said during an interview with Sporf. "He was very high in the beginning and I'm talking about in terms of, not in terms of money of promotion, in terms of status and in the rankings.
"There's been a few fights that it's going down a little bit. There is a possibility that he might come back up but I think now things do not go well for him.
"Now he's, he's going down, his stock is going down. You need to change some of his lifestyle."