Podcaster and UFC commentator Joe Rogan has suggested Conor McGregor towards difficult Kamaru Usman for the welterweight title upon his comeback, suggesting that the Irishman ought to take a warm-up battle first.
Former featherweight and light-weight UFC champion McGregor has fought at welterweight 3 times within the promotion, and he has expressed a need to problem Usman in his subsequent bout.
McGregor is recovering from a damaged leg that he sustained in his final battle – the second of two losses to Dustin Poirier in 2021 – whereas Usman is anticipated to defend the welterweight belt towards Leon Edwards this summer time.
In any case, McGregor has made his intentions clear as he appears to be like to turn out to be the UFC’s first ever three-weight champion.
“If Conor desires essentially the most likelihood of success, I’d say battle a man who’s a bit beneath championship degree,” Rogan stated on the Hotboxin’ with Mike Tyson podcast.
“Perhaps [fight] a man on the come-up who Conor has a bonus over, however it’s nonetheless a aggressive battle. Give him a take a look at, however don’t put him in there immediately with Usman.
“I feel, actually, when boxers come again from a protracted lay-off they usually come again from a loss, one factor that boxers try this’s sensible is that they have a tune-up battle.
“I feel there’s a cause why they’ve been utilizing tune-up fights without end, like astute managers. They know you’ve bought to knock the mud off and also you’ll be higher within the subsequent efficiency, [rather than] to leap proper right into a Dustin Poirier or proper into Michael Chandler – like proper into a man who’s the elite of the elite.”
McGregor, 33, had not competed within the UFC for 2 years earlier than he challenged the unbeaten Khabib Nurmagomedov for the light-weight title in October 2018, in a battle that the Irishman misplaced through submission.
McGregor’s subsequent outing got here in January 2020, when he stopped Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone in 40 seconds.
“Infamous” was then out of the Octagon for 12 months and was knocked out – for the primary time in his profession – when he confronted Dustin Poirier in his comeback contest. The pair fought once more in July, with McGregor dropping through TKO after breaking his leg.
“I feel what Conor must do is what Conor desires to do,” Rogan added. “If Conor thinks he can go up and battle Usman and make a giant payday, attempt to turn out to be a three-division champion, he ought to try this. He ought to do no matter he desires to do.
“But when I used to be like a supervisor to him, and I stated, ‘What’s the very best path to success?’ The perfect path to success is just like the ‘Cowboy’ battle. No disrespect to ‘Cowboy’, however that battle turned out to be type of like a warm-up battle.”
No fighter in UFC historical past has held titles in three weight lessons.
McGregor grew to become the primary to carry belts in two UFC divisions concurrently when he beat Eddie Alvarez in 2016, including the light-weight gold to the featherweight title that he had gained from Jose Aldo in 2015.