Conor McGregor’s next combat option was discussed in “Triple Take” – MMA Sports

August 20, 2016; Las Vegas, Nevada, USA; Nate Diaz (red gloves) will face Conor McGregor (blue gloves) during UFC 202 at T-Mobile Arena. Required Credits: Joshua Dahl-USA TODAY Sports

This may sound crude, but I have to call it as I see – today’s McGregor in 2021 isn’t the top five lightweight.

Once at the top of the MMA world, holding both UFC lightweight and featherweight titles, McGregor experienced a noticeable dip in MMA games. The division has also improved significantly since he became the champion in 2016. I don’t think Irish can hang on top tiers in categories such as Poirier, Gaethje and Chandler.

McGregor is a phenomenal talent, but inactivity kills his game (as most fighters do).

He fought 13 times in four years and two months to become the UFC champion. After a phenomenal feat in November 2016, McGregor played only three times in MMA at the same time (4 years and 2 months). McGregor needs to be active to be sharp. Martial arts stars need tune-up fights badly, which is rare in the UFC.

The closest thing he can reach to tune up is a trilogy match against Nate Diaz. Stockton’s natives are still very skilled, don’t get me wrong, but he’s not the top five fighter today. It’s a difficult battle to revisit, but it’s close as we can reach the McGregor tune-up battle.

McGregor is by no means a bad fighter and can still be a source of championship. You can’t rule it out yet. But he needs to sharpen the game through his activities, and the clock is ticking. At the age of 32, he still has time to turn the corner, but the UFC needs to act now and create a “McGregor Season” in 2021.

The best place to start it is to play a trilogy match against Diaz and cap one of MMA’s biggest and most lucrative rivals.

– MMA Sports

Conor McGregor’s next combat option was discussed in “Triple Take” Conor McGregor’s next combat option was discussed in “Triple Take”

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