McGregor is aiming to face UFC champion Kamaru Uman, but Tyson, the boxing legend believes that McGregor should fight a warm-up bout.
Mike Tyson has warned Conor McGregor, he will “get hurt”In his UFC return fight, regardless of who his opponent is.
McGregor is currently in the final stages in his recovery from the broken tibia that he sustained in their fight for the trilogy last July. McGregor will be having a CT scan done on his leg shortly. However, he is expected to be able now to use the leg in training.
The two-weight champion hasn’t won in UFC in more than two decades. In fact, McGregor lost back-toback fights to Poirier in 2021. McGregor has challenged Kamaru USman to fight for a welterweight title in his quest to add a third one.
Tyson joined others who encouraged McGregor to fight a warm-up bout in his return. He believes that no matter who McGregor fights, there is always the chance of him getting hurt. “Even if he wins, he’s gonna get hurt in the next fight and he can’t fight the next fight [after that],” Tyson said on The Fight Card podcast.
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“You get your experience down, three more fights, you feel good. The last two guys are really qualified opponents, now you go back out there. I’m a strong believer that after a defeat you should do a couple of fights to get your feet wet. Conor, I think you should build your confidence up and go do what you do, win excitingly.”
McGregor, who has previously held the featherweight and lightweight belts, has dismissed a return at 155lb after bulking up to 190lb during his recovery. His requested fight against Usman is unlikely to take place next, as ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ is pencilled in to defend his belt against Leon Edwards.
Former UFC champion Henry Cejudo, who was speaking with Tyson on the podcast, suggested McGregor should fight the declining Tony Ferguson in his return, who was knocked out with a brutal front kick from Michael Chandler at UFC 274 last month.
Tyson isn’t so sure, replying: “Well, that’s a tough fight. He’s a warrior, regardless if he loses, He makes exciting fights. It’s hard to beat that guy. No big-time guy, let him get three fights and build his confidence back up. Every fight the opponent goes to a higher level.”
McGregor was called out by many fighters prior to his return. Jorge Masvidal is the latest fighter who tried to lure McGregor into a fight. McGregor will be facing Chandler at 170lb, even though Chandler has not fought in this weight class in over a decade.