UFC PUNDIT AND podcaster Joe Rogan believes that McGregor jumping into a fight with welterweight champion Kamaru Usman would not be a clever idea.
Speaking on Mike Tyson's podcast titled Hotboxin’ with Mike Tyson Rogan said
“If Conor wants the most chance of success, I would say fight a guy who is a little below championship level,” Rogan explained.
“Maybe a guy on the come-up who Conor has an advantage over, but it’s still a competitive fight. Give him a test, but don’t put him in there right away with Usman.”
The Crumlin native has not fought in the cage since breaking his leg against Dustin Poirier in July 2021. The Dubliner has been on the mend since then and feels now that he is ready to fight for the first time since the injury.
He’s lost the last three out of four fights and has been advised now to choose his next opponent carefully
Rogan has advised the 32-year-old to fight a tune-up fight before going for the higher-level fighters.
“I think, honestly, when boxers come back from a long layoff and they come back from a loss, one thing that boxers do that’s smart is they have a tune-up fight,” Rogan added
“I think there’s a reason why they’ve been using tune-up fights forever, like astute managers.
They know you’ve got to knock the dust off and you’ll be better in the next performance, [rather than] to jump right into a Dustin Poirier or right into — name it — Michael Chandler, like right into a guy who’s the elite of the elite.”
The podcaster did admit that it is up to the Dubliner in regard to what's next in his career
“I think what Conor needs to do is what Conor wants to do", he said
“If Conor thinks he can go up and fight Usman and make a big payday, try to become a three-division champion, he should do that. He should do whatever he wants to do.
“But if I was like a manager to him, and I said, ‘What’s the best path to success?’ The best path to success is like the ‘Cowboy’ fight.
No disrespect to ‘Cowboy,’ but that fight turned out to be kind of like a warm-up fight.”