Joe Rogan thinks Conor McGregor needs a tune-up fight for his return to the UFC.
McGregor (22-6 MMA, 10-4 UFC) pushed to challenge UFC welterweight champion and pound-for-pound #1 fighter Kamaru Usman next, but Rogan thinks it’s a bad idea for him to fight Usman (20-1 MMA, 15-0 UFC) after what will be a more than a year layoff from the competition.
“If Conor wants the most chance of success, I would say fight a guy who is a bit below championship level,” Rogan said on a recent episode of “Hotboxing with Mike Tyson.” “Maybe a guy on the come-up, who Conor has an advantage over, but it’s still a competitive fight. Give him a test, but don’t put him there with Usman just yet.
The UFC commentator and popular podcast host thinks McGregor should treat his comeback the same way he did when he returned from a long hiatus in January 2020. McGregor faced Donald Cerrone at the ‘UFC 246, needing only 40 seconds to put it out with strikes.
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“I think, honestly, when boxers come back from a long layoff and they come back from a loss, one thing that boxers do is smart is they have a tune-up fight. “, said Rogan. “I think there’s a reason they’ve always used tune-up fights as shrewd managers. They know you have to knock the dust down and you’ll be better at the next performance. To jump straight into a Dustin Poirier or straight into, name him, Michael Chandler, like straight into a guy who is the elite of the elite.
“I think what Conor needs to do is what Conor wants to do. If Conor thinks he can come up and fight Usman and make a big payday, try to become a three division champion, he should do it. He should do what he wants to do, but if I was like a manager to him, and said what’s the best path to success, the best path to success is like “Cowboy” fighting. of respect to “Cowboy,” but this fight turned out to be a bit of a warm-up fight.
McGregor has not competed in a TKO loss to Dustin Poirier at UFC 264 last July, where the fight was called off after he broke his leg late in the first round. The former UFC two-division champion has repeatedly said he wants to return to 170lbs, but UFC President Dana White has said he may not return until the fall.
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