Fans Agree With Chael Sonnen Saying ‘Conor McGregor’s Championship Race Is Over’
Chael Sonnen recently claimed that Conor McGregor is past the point of making another run for UFC gold. “The American Gangster” also believes that McGregor himself is unaware that his title run is over.
A majority of fans apparently agree with Sonnen on the matter. Fans think “The American Gangster” is just pointing out facts even though they may be hard to swallow. @chadm86 wrote:
“Hard and Cold Facts”
Others felt the Dubliner’s title race was over when he lost to Khabib Nurmagomedov in 2018. @nyslyr91 wrote:
“It’s over since after khabib”
Some fans, however, refuse to count out Conor McGregor and think the Irishman may just be a few wins away from being relevant in the title picture again.
One fan in particular noted that uncrowned lightweight champion Charles Oliveira and recently dethroned light heavyweight champion Glover Texeira didn’t look likely to win UFC gold a few years ago. aljos_bodguard_x2 wrote:
“I can’t count it. If we had said 5 years ago that the glove championship race was still alive, everyone would have called me crazy, same for olivera”
Conor McGregor’s manager claims the Irishman ‘trained like crazy’
At one point, Beneil Dariush feared that Conor McGregor might jump the queue for a lightweight title. Even former lightweight champion Charles Oliveira was openly looking for a money fight against McGregor, and UFC President Dana White didn’t entirely dismiss the idea. Meanwhile, ‘The Notorious’ also hinted at a move up to welterweight to challenge then-champion Kamaru Usman.
However, the images of lightweight and welterweight titles have changed significantly since then. While ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ was recently dethroned by Edwards, Oliveira is set to fight Islam Makhachev for the vacant title after being stripped of his title due to a controversial weight loss.
Meanwhile, Conor McGregor hasn’t hinted at a potential return date and also said his broken leg hasn’t fully recovered yet. However, McGregor’s manager Tim Simpson claims the Dubliner trains “like crazy” twice a day, even while vacationing in Europe on his superyacht. Simpson said in an interview with MMA Junkie:
“The leg is still healing. I think there is still a bit of a way to go, but he trains like crazy twice a day, every day. He has his whole team there : Team McGregor Fast, all his health and fitness guys, physio, boxing, training. He’s going hard. He’s been training super hard. He’s in amazing shape – just the final tweaks for put that leg back where it belongs.
Watch Simpson’s interview with MMA Junkie below: