Few fighters in history have led their MMA careers as skillfully as Georges St-Pierre.
So when the former UFC two-division champion examines how Conor McGregor handled the final chapter of his own career and the decisions McGregor made, St-Pierre can’t help but hope McGregor changes his mind. cap off of his desire to face Dustin Poirier for the fourth time whenever the Irishman is allowed to return from the leg injury he suffered at UFC 264.
“I think if he comes back, if I’m Conor McGregor – or maybe not Conor because he’s a very proud fighter – if I’m his manager, I don’t want my client to come back to fight the same guy for the fourth time, ”St-Pierre said in Wednesday’s episode MMA time. “Because now it looks like Dustin has his number. “
McGregor has lost to Poirier twice in the past eight months. He suffered a second-round knockout loss to Poirier in January at UFC 257 before sustaining a horrific fractured leg in the first round of the pair’s rubber game in July at UFC 264. Despite that , McGregor insisted on challenging Poirier again as soon as he is healthy, possibly in 2022.
St-Pierre thinks this is a terrible idea. The 40-year-old Hall of Fame noted that Poirier was already ‘recovering’ from McGregor at the start of UFC 264 main event, and that McGregor would likely be better served to look elsewhere for his comeback fight .
“Maybe he needs to take another fight,” St-Pierre said.
“I think he should come back and maybe fight Nate Diaz or someone else who has a different style than Dustin Poirier, because styles make fights and I have a feeling now Dustin Poirier probably has his number right now. “
While McGregor’s rise to the UFC from 2013 to 2016 remains a magical race, the Irishman has now lost three of his last four fights and has not taken a victory over a relevant contender since his 2016 victory over Eddie Alvarez. And St-Pierre wonders if McGregor’s many activities outside of McGregor’s cage have led to his skills as an athlete withering away.
“Conor has been out for a long time,” St-Pierre said. “He has to go back there to spend more time in the octagon to find himself, his way of moving and his abilities. It seems that he lost some of his abilities due to his inactivity.