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“Canelo’s Gonna Stop You in the 1st”: Conor McGregor Handed Brutal Reality Check by Former UFC Champ After Back and Forth on Social Media

Published 05/29/2023, 1:22 PM EDT

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Although MMA enthusiasts around the world are eagerly hoping to witness the return of Conor McGregor to the octagon this year, the question remains whether it will be as triumphant as every other fight fan desires. Numerous obstacles have jeopardized the Irishman’s grand comeback, some stemming from his own shenanigans and others thanks to USADA. However, there has been a recent delightful update from the anti-doping agency, as they announced that ‘The Notorious’ may soon enter the testing pool, turning the wait into positive hopes of an octagon return.

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However, former UFC flyweight champion and bantamweight champion Henry Cejudo has placed his doubts about McGregor’s return. Like two titans clashing, McGregor and ‘Triple C’ engaged in a verbal war following the latter’s recent defeat against Aljamain Sterling at UFC 288.


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Now, shifting the focus back to McGregor, he has made his case known, discussing the rumored Canelo Alvarez fight that he called out for. Moreover, Cejudo also placed his questions on whether he still possesses the competitive spirit to take on Michael Chandler later this year.

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Henry Cejudo took to his Instagram to share his thoughts on the Irishman’s highly anticipated return, infusing his commentary with being responsive to the Irishman’s mockery. Shedding light on Conor McGregor’s potential to make a lasting impact upon his comeback, ‘Triple C’ also provided his prediction if the hypothetical match with Canelo Alvarez were to materialize.


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His caption read, “I can give it, but I can also take it @thenotoriousmma 😂😂😂 I wish people picked on me a little more! This is an important time in McGregor’s career. How seriously is he taking Michael Chandler? Is he willing to step inside the squared circle with Canelo Alvarez? Is he taking the fight game seriously, or is this all ego? Soon, we’ll find out, but right now McGregor is all talk. He needs to put the work in ASAP, or he’s in trouble.”


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Moreover, discussing the matter in the clip, Cejudo stated the outcome of McGregor squaring off against ‘Canelito’ in the boxing ring. He stated, “Canelo’s gonna stop you in the 1st or second round. Like, he’s gonna make an example of you.”

Delving deeper into McGregor’s return, Cejudo offered insightful thoughts while raising questions about the former double champ’s willingness to compete.


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Does ‘The Notorious’ still got that fire in him?

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Like a detective investigating a mystery, the bantamweight star analyzed McGregor’s mindset, wondering if the fire that once burned within him still remained or if it had waned over time.

“I still know that he does have that chip on his shoulder and he still wants to compete at the highest level. But is it still in him biomechanically? His mind may want to. But is his body still willing to give that push?”, questioned the 36-year-old Cejudo.


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Rumors circulate that Conor McGregor will face his TUF 31 opposition coach, Michael Chandler, by the end of this year, setting the stage for a clash of titans. McGregor’s return will undergo a rigorous test, pushing him to his limits. What are your thoughts on Conor McGregor’s return? Do you think he can make an impact upon his comeback? Let us know in the comments below.

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Mayur Soni

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Mayur Soni is a UFC writer at EssentiallySports. His journey as an MMA fan started with Conor McGregor’s historic 13-second knockout of Jose Aldo in 2015, which sparked his love for the sport. Since then, he has closely followed the sport and gained an in-depth understanding of its nuances, which reflects in his insightful and analytical writing.

Edited By: Anuj Jacob