McGregor should have 'tune-up' on return from leg break, says Cormier

Conor McGregor should have ‘tune-up fight’ against someone ‘who might not be dangerous enough to beat him’ when he returns from broken leg, claims Daniel Cormier

  • Conor McGregor has only won one fight in the UFC in the previous five years 
  • Irishman lost twice last year against Dustin Poirier, breaking his leg in trilogy 
  • Daniel Cormier thinks Dana White and Co need to give McGregor a ‘tune-up’ 

Conor McGregor needs a ‘tune-up’ fight when he returns to action following his broken leg last year, according to Daniel Cormier. 

The Irishman lost twice last year against Dustin Poirier, breaking his leg in their trilogy bout, meaning he has won just once in the octagon since beating Eddie Alvarez in 2016. 

Cormier told the RC and DC podcast: ‘I tap in on the tune-up fight. Honestly, we’ve seen Conor in a tune-up fight before, when he fought Cowboy Cerrone. That was about as tune-up a fight as it can be. 

Conor McGregor has been out of action since his leg break against Dustin Poirier last July

Former heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier thinks McGregor needs a ‘tune-up fight’

‘I understand that people don’t like saying that Cowboy is a tune-up but at this point in his career, it was a tune-up fight. It lasted forty seconds but it sold a million pay-per-view buys.’ 

It would make business sense for the UFC to hand McGregor a winnable fight as it would then tee up a huge showdown, perhaps even for a belt. 

A trilogy encounter with Nate Diaz is one option, although his old rival recently distanced himself from such a bout. 

Cormier continued: ‘It doesn’t hurt to put Conor in there with someone who has a name, but may not be as dangerous to beat him right now. 

‘I absolutely tap in on Conor needing a tune-up. It just has to be the right name for that tune-up fight for the company to still sell a boatload of pay-per-views, and Conor to look good to warrant that next fight that is massive.’

At the time McGregor fought Cerrone, many considered it a soft option when the likes of Justin Gaethje were available. 

But it proved to be a huge commercial success and raised the Dubliner back to the forefront with a blistering performance and finish. 

He has bulked up since breaking his leg so a clash at welterweight could also be on the cards and Dana White recently said he expects McGregor to be back in action by autumn. 

Whether it is Nate Diaz or a different opponent, it will be fascinating to see which direction the UFC go with their premier pay-per-view star.  

Nate Diaz has been touted as a possible opponent but the American says he is not interested

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