Conor McGregor was "looking for the door" in his defeat against Dustin Poirier at UFC 257 because he has lost his "edge".
That's according to former UFC fighter Chael Sonnen, who believes the Irishman wanted a way out of the fight after the first three minutes.
McGregor is gearing up for a trilogy bout with Poirier at UFC 264 next month, having suffered the first knockout defeat of his career when they met for a second time on January 24.
After making a bright start on Fight Island, a series of brutal leg kicks destabilised him in the second round of their rematch, allowing the American to whip in a ferocious attack and close the show.
But ahead of the trilogy on July 10, Sonnen has controversially accused McGregor of "looking to get out of that fight".
"There's a certain edge that certain fighters have," the ex-UFC light heavyweight and middleweight title challenger said on his YouTube channel.
"There's a certain anger and hostility that they bring to the ring.
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"It's the very reason that they coined the phrase 'a rich man can't fight', because he's generally not angry, he's generally having a pretty good day, he doesn't have that edge.
"It's very relevant whether Conor finds it or not, because the Conor vs Poirier fight wasn't what you guys saw and the fans wouldn't understand this but every fighter did.
"That fight was over three minutes in, Conor was looking for the door, he just couldn't find it, but he was looking to get out of that fight.
"The reason every fighter can recognise it is that we have all done it, and we're all ashamed of it, but there's a look that a fighter has."
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McGregor is confident of avenging his previous loss when he meets Poirier for a third time, writing on social media earlier this month: “July 10th I will do this absolutely flawlessly. We have these clowns sussed and fully!
“They wanna play a game of tactics? No problem, see you in there. You’ve awoken a beast. A beast with the backing of a much higher power. Say your prayers.”
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