GSP is widely considered to be one of the greatest mixed martial artists to have stepped foot into the octagon and rightfully so. The former UFC Welterweight and Middleweight Champion has done it all in the sport and is still ready to lace up his boots, if the fight is right.
Recently during an interview on Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show, GSP talked about McGregor’s loss to Dustin Poirier at UFC 257. GSP talked about McGregor’s boxing stance and how it could have played a role in his defeat against Poirier.
When you’re in a boxing stance, very often your leg or your stance is wider and a lot of your weight is put on the lead leg, which makes you very vulnerable for those leg kicks. That could have been a big factor.
He then went on to talk about McGregor’s behavior and how it might be more of a problem for him than his skills as a fighter. RUSH said that money could bring complacent security to an athlete and he has experienced this himself.
He went on to say that if an athlete wants to keep performing, they need to get out of this weird monetary comfort zone. The former UFC Welterweight Champion said that the Notorious One should not be the boss of his training camp and let his coaches guide him through the camp, even though he might not like that.
GSP warned McGregor by saying that if he doesn’t manage to get out of his comfort zone, his downfall as a fighter is imminent.
When I made my first million, of course my life has changed. I had more security and I didn’t feel that I was fighting for the same reason that I was in the beginning in terms of security. When I was poor in the beginning, I was on the edge. I knew if I lost I would have been dead and my life would be a mess. When you get money, these things change. However, to keep performing, you need to get out of your comfort zone.
You cannot stay in your comfort zone during a training camp because you’re trying to recreate the same element that you will face for a fight. When you’re gonna fight, you won’t be in your comfort zone, so it is imperative that Conor, if you want to get back on the road of success, he needs to get out of his comfort zone. He needs not to be the boss of his training camp. He needs his coaches to tell him now you’re gonna spar this guy, you’re gonna go there, do this. Even if it doesn’t please him, he needs to go through that.
Because if you stay in your comfort zone, the only thing that can happen is you will go down. You need to do that.
A third fight between McGregor and Poirier is inevitable at this point and UFC head honcho Dana White would not want to miss on a box-office record breaker like that. It will be interesting to see if McGregor listens to GSP’s advice and changes up his game a little bit for another outing against Poirier.
You can watch the full video of GSP discussing McGregor’s loss at UFC 257 here:
Thank you to MMA Mania for the quotes.