Former UFC fighter Mark Weir says McGregor can come back from Poirier loss

Former UFC fighter Mark Weir believes Conor McGregor is capable of bouncing back from his loss to Dustin Poirier last weekend.

At UFC 264, with the world watching, McGregor came out like a house on fire against his rival Poirier in their trilogy bout. However, after a gruelling first round that “The Diamond” managed to gain control of, McGregor stepped back on his leg and broke it with just seconds remaining until the bell rang.

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The fight was called off as a result of a doctor stoppage, but based on the interaction between the two men during the post-fight interviews, we’d say this rivalry is far from over.

Weir, who was one of the first English names to emerge in the UFC back in the early noughties, has backed McGregor to come back from this during a recent interview with Sky Sports.

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“I do believe Conor McGregor has the ability and the ability to knock anyone out. And I don’t think he’s going to lose that yet at that age. A lot of people hit their prime in their early 30s anyway,” Weir said.

“But with the layoff, he didn’t really have a warm-up fight. People reckon the Donald Cerrone fight was a warm-up fight, but that wasn’t a good warm-up fight. He needs someone of a high level, to push him.

“If he comes back, I think he needs a couple of warm-up fights, start getting that form back – if he’s really hungry to prove a point – and then come back for that rematch.”

There are plenty of reasons to believe Conor McGregor can’t reach the pinnacle in MMA again but if anyone is going to do it, “The Notorious” could be the one to shock the system.

Poirier, on the other hand, will now focus on going after Charles Oliveira and the UFC lightweight title before the end of the year.

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