Conor McGregor warned he won’t get a ‘lamb to slaughter’ for his UFC comeback

McGregor was advised to have a warm-up bout on his UFC return later this year, but the Irishman was warned there were no easy opponents for him

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Conor McGregor has been warned that there are no opponents worthy of a warm-up fight after his UFC return.

McGregor is looking to book his first fight since a horrific broken leg against Dustin Poirier last July. The Irishman recently fought for the first time since his injury and has claimed a title fight against welterweight champion Kamaru Usman later this year.

The former two-weight champion has lost and has lost three of his last four fights recommended to have a warm-up fight before challenging the welterweight or lightweight elite. But MMA analyst Chael Sonnen believes there are no easy opponents for McGregor to fight on his return.

“[The opponent in a tune-up fight] is a lamb that comes to the slaughter and he absolutely understands it and everyone knows it,” Sonnen said called. “Within the UFC, that person doesn’t exist. Can we get Conor someone from the top ten? No, that’s silly.

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“He’s going to be a main event, he’s going to be on pay-per-view, we’re going to have someone in the top 10. Who is it at 155 pounds that you think would be the vote fight? Once you realize that person doesn’t exist, there’s no guarantee they’ll go out and get a good job.

“You don’t bring in an outsider who’s never been here, they do that in boxing. You don’t come to the UFC to learn how to fight, you’ve proven well that you know how to fight.”

Many saw McGregor’s 2020 fight against Donald Cerrone as a warm-up for the Irishman as he returned from the cage after a year to knock out “Cowboy” in just 40 seconds.

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Sonnen believes McGregor is on “borrowed” time as any fight in the UFC could be his last. McGregor is unlikely to get his desired opponent in Usman as he is next scheduled to defend his belt against top contender Leon Edwards.

“Shall we raise him to 170 pounds and play the same game? Which person feels according to these criteria? When you’re dealing with Conor, you have to assume that every single fight is his last,” Sonnen continued.

“He’s at this point in his career, I don’t know what that number is. I think if we asked Conor himself he’d give us a number, he’d guess like everyone does, but I think you’d be surprised.”

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