Mike Tyson Galvanizes Conor McGregor With a Spirited Speech in Joe Rogan’s Presence

Published 04/21/2022, 9:15 AM EDT

Conor McGregor’s comeback is around the corner. The Irish fighter is recovering from a serious injury that saw him go under the knife. For his return, ‘The Notorious’ suggested a fight against Kamaru Usman would make sense. However, Mike Tyson and Joe Rogan differ from the Irishman.

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In a rare collaboration, veteran UFC commentator Joe Rogan joined the boxing legend, ‘Iron Mike‘. During their conversation, the combat sports legends talked about the former UFC dual champion and his poor run inside the Octagon and what would be a suitable return matchup.

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Mike Tyson wants Conor McGregor to do it the right way

Conor McGregor has had many layoffs in the UFC. Consequently, he has a few return fights; his opponents were Khabib Nurmagomedov and Dustin Poirier at lightweight and Donald Cerrone at welterweight. McGregor always went after the best fighters at lightweight and lost both times. Thus, Tyson advised McGregor.

NEWPORT BEACH, CALIFORNIA – DECEMBER 05: Mike Tyson attends the Mike Tyson Cares & We 2 Matter Fundraiser on December 05, 2021 in Newport Beach, California. (Photo by Phillip Faraone/Getty Images)

Tyson asserted, “If you’re gonna do, let’s do it right, let’s get a tune-up. Let’s do it right… If you’re fighting to win, let’s get a tune-up.”

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This came after the JRE podcast host proposed McGregor should avoid the top fighters in the UFC for his return bout and gave an explanation for the same.

Joe Rogan on Conor McGregor’s UFC return

Rogan pointed out that McGregor’s bad run was because of him fighting the absolute best fighters after long layoffs.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JULY 10: Conor McGregor of Ireland is interviewed by Joe Rogan after his TKO loss due to injury against Dustin Poirier in their welterweight fight during the UFC 264 event at T-Mobile Arena on July 10, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

In addition, he put forward how boxing always sees fighters take tune-up fights, and it benefits them.

“If I was like a manager to him… I would say fight a guy, who is a little below championship level, maybe a guy on the come-up. Who like Conor has an advantage over, but it’s still a competitive fight. Give him a test, but don’t put him in there, like right away with Usman.”

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In boxing, a tune-up fight has been around for years. However, the risk factor in MMA makes it harder. Even a fighter outside top-15 on a given day can shut the lights off a contender in the division.

Thus, it’s tough to imagine Conor McGregor fighting someone like Daniel Rodriguez, who is a dangerous fight for anybody yet not a ranked fighter in the welterweight division.

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Whom should Conor McGregor fight in his return fight? What do you think of Joe Rogan and Mike Tyson’s comment about Conor McGregor leveling down in competition? Share your thought in the comments.

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Deepak Kumar

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Deepak Kumar is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. His love for MMA comes from the chaos and violence the fight game brings to the table. A BJJ aspirant, Deepak began following the sport as a casual fan when Ronda Rousey was finishing her opponents in seconds.

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