Former Bellator middleweight champion Alexander Shlemenko is confident that UFC main star Conor McGregor is too early to be discounted after his early defeat in the trilogy with Dustin Poirier at UFC 264, but at the same time advises “Notorius” to no longer fight the mentally stable American.
“I disagree that Conor is not what he used to be. Poirier is an inconvenient fighter for him, a brass guy. He, as they say, can take the soul out of you. Look, Poirier took the soul from Justin Gaethje. Poirier, in fact, broke him purely in spirit.
McGregor defeated many even before the fight, humiliating them at press conferences, infuriating them. They just didn’t believe in themselves, and Dustin is not such a fighter. With Poirier, I would not advise him to go out anymore. It will not work with him.
Many may say: “What kind of McGregor? He’s over, he has one victory in five years,” but look who he fought with. Conor is able to beat and defeat those whom he can mentally devour. Maybe his topic stopped working because these tricks are repeated at press conferences. People like it, they are being conducted, but, perhaps, it no longer works, “said Alexander Shlemenko in an interview with Alexander Lyutikov.