Conor McGregor has been warned that he might want to avoid Mike Tyson’s “risky” advice to compete in warm-up fights when he returns from injury.
The Irishman insists that he wants to be straight into welterweight title contention when he comes back to the Octagon, but the legendary former heavyweight champion boxer thinks he should slow it down. Ex-UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping, on the other hand, fears that if McGregor were to lose to a lower-ranked opponent, he could struggle to return.
Once a two-division world champion, McGregor has struggled to consistently make fights happen through injuries and coronavirus restrictions. But he is still one of the biggest names in all of combat sport, and has been called out by most of the lightweight and welterweight divisions, meaning he will have his pick of fights when he comes back.
Conor McGregor is getting conflicting advice from Michael Bisping and Mike Tyson ( Image: Zuffa LLC)
“I’ll never be one to argue with Iron Mike, but I don’t think Conor McGregor needs any help with his confidence,” Bisping joked during a recent YouTube video. “I’ll just start with that.
“I understand what Mike’s talking about, of course, you lose a fight, a couple of fights, three of your last four, and the last fight you had you snap your leg which was a gruesome injury you’re taking time away from the octagon. Then the narrative that perhaps you should have a tune-up fight makes sense, we see that in boxing a lot.
“However, the circumstances with McGregor right now, it’s a risky one. Tyson said have two or three fights before you go into a big fight like that. There’s risk and there is reward. If McGregor goes in there against a lower-ranked guy, fights that he should win, let’s be honest, you never know. These are tough guys and we don’t know if McGregor is on the slide.
“Certainly the form isn’t what it was at one stage. If he goes into a tune-up fight, there’s no gimmes and there’s no guarantees in the fight game and if he loses to them, then it’s even worse if he was to go in against the champ, Charles Oliveira.