Tyson Fury is in agreement with Conor McGregor that the inactivity proved costly in his defeat to Dustin Poirier and the Gypsy King is backing the UFC star to bounce back, now he has dusted off the cobwebs. McGregor was stunned by The Diamond on Fight Island, Abu Dhabi last month in the highly anticipated lightweight rematch and was beaten by technical knockout in Round 2.
The Irish megastar fought just once throughout 2020 and was in the octagon a mere 40 seconds following his first-round demolition of Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone 13 months ago.
While McGregor was keen to take nothing away from Poirier’s ruthless performance and vast improvement since their first meeting, he conceded after the fight that his inactivity got the better of him.
His friend and unified heavyweight boxing world champion Fury has now predicted that McGregor will come back stronger, citing that inactivity was a hinderance in his latest defeat.
“Most definitely, yes,” he told ESPN, when asked whether McGregor will be back. “Because he’s been there in the ring now.
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“He’s been active, He’s had that training camp and he’s going to have another training camp. So a bit more activity.
“I think he’ll get focused and do what he’s got to do in the ring. When it’s the make-or-break fight, which this one will be, this will be the icing on the cake.
“If he loses this one, then where does he go from there? But if he wins it, he’s back up there.
“I think he thrives under pressure like that. Provided he gets a good training camp, he should do okay.”
McGregor felt the full force of Poirier’s leg kicks throughout the contest before the American pounced to stop him with a brutal combination.
“You know, it’s hard to overcome inactivity over long periods of time, the leg kicks were good, the leg was dead,” McGregor said after the clash.
“I just wasn’t as comfortable as I needed to be. It’s the inactivity and that’s it, Dustin is some fighter.
“You’re in here and you put in the time, I will dust it off and come back and that’s what I will do.
“Of course, I need activity guys come on. You don’t get away with being inactive in this business and that’s the way it is.”
A third fight now looks to be on the cards and McGregor has already set his sights on proving the doubters wrong.
He recently said: “One apiece now with a trilogy bout for all the marbles! Wow! Exciting!
“Not a trilogy I was expecting, nor the tactical affair I was anticipating, but I’d be lying if I said this wasn’t meant to be.
“This is exactly how this was always meant to be! Buzzing!!”