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Midnight Mania! Coach Henry Cejudo advises McGregor to chase ‘winnable’ fight versus Ferguson

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Even the most diehard Conor McGregor fight would likely admit that times have been tough inside the Octagon for the Irishman. He’s won just a single fight in the last five years, and his last two showdowns opposite Dustin Poirier ended in a knockout loss and broken leg, the latter of which is still keeping McGregor on the sidelines.

Fortunately, coach Henry Cejudo is here to save “The Notorious.” Cejudo claims to be in the process of returning from retirement (Dana White disagrees), but he still has enough time to frequently critique McGregor’s mitt work videos on Twitter. His previous coaching tips have earned him some prickly responses from his fellow former double champ, but Cejudo is still offering advice.

Namely, he thinks McGregor should fight Tony Ferguson next.

“For Conor McGregor, I like the Tony Ferguson fight for him. I think that fight is winnable for Conor. He cannot be taking these high-level competitions, he’s gonna get hurt,” Cejudo said on The Triple C & The Schmo show (via Cole Shelton). “He’s gonna continue to keep getting hurt, you know what I’m saying? I think, he goes up with Tony, and then maybe, of course, he’s a cash cow, give him whoever he wants at 55 or 70, but I think he needs to get his feet wet. At least f—king win, man. Win a damn fight. I critique Conor McGregor’s videos and I tend to make a freaking living off that. It’s crazy because there’s a lot of flaws that he has. As good as he was in the past, there’s still a lot of flaws that he has that he’s still not fixing. So I’m still not sold on that chump.”

Ferguson hasn’t been doing so hot lately, either. His 12-fight win streak ended brutally vs. Justin Gaethje in May 2020, and since then, he’s coughed up another three decisive defeats. With “El Cucuy” struggling and prior beef between the two Lightweights, perhaps this fall is the perfect time for that match up?


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