Stephen A. Smith Warns McGregor Against Fighting Makhachev

Stephen. A. Smith has warned Conor McGregor from fighting Islam Makhachev

McGregor makes his comeback against Michael Chandler at UFC 303 on June 29. It’s his first fight since losing to Dustin Poirier at UFC 264 in 2021, where he broke his leg. Three defeats out of his last four UFC fights have suggested McGregor is no longer the same fighter.

One of those defeats came against Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 229 in 2018. Khabib secured a win after submitting McGregor in round four. Makhachev had Khabib in his training camp and in his corner for the Dustin Poirier fight at UFC 302. Makhachev submitted Poirier in the last round to retain his UFC Lightweight Title. Given Khabib’s and Islam’s grappling similarities, Smith warned McGregor about taking that fight. 

“I was in Vegas for the Conor McGregor-Khabib Nurmagomedov fight. It was one of the greatest events I’ve ever attended in my life, it was unreal. But what we learned in that fight is that Conor McGregor has no business being in the Octagon against a grappler, which is what Makhachev is. This brother right here is something special and he’s not going to try and strike against Conor McGregor,” Stephen A. Smith said 

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