Tyson Fury doesn’t believe Conor McGregor is making an excuse when he says ring rust played a factor in his UFC 257 defeat.
On January 23, McGregor shared the Octagon with Dustin Poirier in a rematch. McGregor won their first encounter back in September 2014 via first-round TKO but he couldn’t make lightning strike twice. In the rematch, McGregor was stopped in the second round via TKO.
McGregor said that a lack of activity impacted his performance and Fury is in agreement. Here’s what the WBC and The Ring Heavyweight Champion told Gareth A. Davies (via BoxingScene.com).
“He did [say inactivity was the reason for the loss], and he’s bang on right. Conor McGregor fought in 2016, then he had two years out and then he fought Khabib [in 2018]. Then he had another two years out, and then he fought Cerrone [in January 2020]. Then he had another year out, and then he fought this guy, Poirier. So inactivity kills the cat, no doubt about it.
“When one man’s been active – fighting, sparring and in camps – and one man’s been on the couch, it’s no good. You lose your timing, you lose your distance, you lose it all. You lose it all, it’s all gotta be gained back within camps and within fighting. If you had three fights on the bounce after you’d never been in the ring for three years, in the third one you’d be ten times better than the first.”
As Fury mentioned, McGregor has only had four MMA bouts in over four years. Since his history-making TKO win over Eddie Alvarez to become the first UFC “champ-champ” back in November 2016, McGregor has gone 1-2 inside the Octagon. He has also gone 1-3 in combat sports since the Alvarez fight as he was stopped via 10th-round TKO in a boxing match against Floyd Mayweather.