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Conor McGregor has never been shy about firing verbal shots at fellow UFC fighters, but this time he's aimed at an unlikely foe - Michael Bisping.

McGregor says that he originally had the role that Bisping just finished filming for xXx: The Return of Xander Cage.

"I should get a cut of that. I didn’t even get a thank you," McGregor said during the UFC 202 media call. "That was my role. I met with the guy before the Aldo fight. The director came out, him and his little team came out and we spoke. I said I’ll do the film."

So what went wrong, how did Bisping end up with the role?

... Nate Diaz happened.

According to McGregor he realized that he needed to focus on training in order to avenge his shocking loss to Nate Diaz.

"I rang him up and said, ‘Listen, I can’t go into this film because it’s not something I’m trying to do right now, I need to get that win back and I need to go focus and do what got me here in the first place," he said.

"I disengaged from the film altogether. That was a seven-figure deal that I turned down to prepare for this fight. Bisping scooped up the role, he got it and that was that. I just let that go. This is more important to me. I said it before: I’m not in this for show business. This is the fight business I am in here and that’s all I’m trying to do here.”

In fact, Bisping was filming when he got the offer to fill in for an injured Chris Weidman at UFC 199, and ended up winning that fight via first round TKO.

Bisping spoke to TMZ shortly after filming wrapped and had this to say when asked about McGregor.

"McGregor isn't an actor. He hasn't acted yet," he said. "Check out my résumé, I've done about 10 movies. So you can make your own assumptions."

In fact, Bisping just announced another huge movie role this week.

xXx: The Return of Xander Cage is set for release January 2017.

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