McGregor is gearing up to make his UFC return later this year and St-Pierre told the Irishman he has to go back to his roots if he wants to win his next fight.
Georges St-Pierre told Conor McGregor he had to get out of his comfort zone to make a successful comeback to the UFC.
McGregor is in the final stages of recovery from a broken tibia he suffered in his third fight against Dustin Poirier last July. The Irishman will soon undergo a CT scan on his compromised leg but expects he can now use it comfortably again.
‘Notorious’ has been winless in the UFC for two years, losing back-to-back fights to Poirier in 2021. McGregor, who is plotting a return to welterweight, worried fans ahead of his comeback after posting multiple videos of himself in drinking instead of working out.
St-Pierre, who is recognized as one of the greatest UFC fighters of all time, told McGregor he had to take the path that led him to become the first-ever two-weight champion of the promotion.
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Talk to sports bible on whether McGregor can go back to his old ways, St-Pierre said: “I think it’s possible, I think he can do it. It’s hard when your belly is full and you’re going to eat at the buffet. I think you have to take yourself out of his comfort zone and do a boot camp and go back to his old path.”
“He looks really big, he’s put on a lot of weight. That would be interesting,” he said of McGregor competing at welterweight. “I think [Kamaru] Usman is the best right now. However, that doesn’t mean that if you’re the best, you always win. It’s not the best fighter who wins the fight, it’s the fighter who fights the best on fight night so anything can happen.”
St-Pierre last fought in the UFC against Michael Bisping in 2017. Returning to the octagon after a four-year layoff, the former welterweight king became a two-weight champion by submitting Bisping to win the middleweight title.
McGregor, who previously held the featherweight and lightweight belts, hopes to once again break UFC history by becoming the first fighter to win belts in three weight classes. He called out Usman for his comeback fight, but ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ is set to defend his belt against Leon Edwards next.
Another potential McGregor opponent is Jorge Masvidal, who recently engaged in a spat with the Irishman on Twitter. ‘BMF’ champion Masvidal is certain that McGregor is either ‘too scared or too stupid’ to accept a fight with him.