Exclusive: Frank Mir Believes Conor McGregor’s Ego Will Drive Him Back To Fighting: ‘He’s Gonna Want That Back’

Frank Mir thinks Conor McGregor's need to be the center of attention will lead to another UFC fight.

Frank Mir
Frank Mir (Left) and Conor McGregor (Right)(Images via Instagram @TheFrankMir and @TheNotoriousMMA)

Frank Mir explained why he believes Conor McGregor will fight again. 

McGregor last fought in July 2021, losing against Dustin Poirier for the second consecutive time after a severe leg injury prematurely ended the UFC 264 main event. The former two-division UFC champion endured a treacherous recovery process before returning to training earlier this year. 

‘The Notorious’ continues to call out opponents for his next fight. The only problem is he’s yet to rejoin the USADA testing pool, leading to fans questioning if his comeback aspirations are legitimate. 

During an exclusive interview with MiddleEasy, Mir had this to say when asked if he thinks McGregor will fight again: 

“I think yes because he still wants to be in the limelight. I think Conor has seen now that MMA fans have a short memory. You’re three years out of the sport, you’re ancient history…I think, you know, he’s young enough at 35, I think he is about 35, and obviously still capable of getting in there and fighting. Now with the injuries and the layoffs, the time off he’s had, he’s seen not being the center of attention, not being the two-division champ. He’s seeing not being the talk of the town.”

Mir continued by saying: 

“He’s had the sport will pass him you by, I don’t care how great you are. I think that it’s not gonna be a financial decision. I think his ego, what made him become Conor McGregor in the first place, that drive to be the center of attention, to be the man, he’s gonna want that back. The only way he’s gonna realize to get that back is, no matter what you tweet, this and that, there’s nothing like being the main event of a fight.”

Since defeating Eddie Alvarez in 2016, McGregor has lost three of his last four fights. He was expected to be matched up against Michael Chandler after coaching The Ultimate Fighter Season 31, but the former two-division UFC champion could be changing his mind. 

McGregor recently called out Justin Gaethje after the latter’s win against Dustin Poirier in the UFC 291 main event. 

Frank Mir uses his personal experiences to relate to Conor McGregor

Frank Mir was once one of the biggest superstars in the UFC. The former heavyweight world champion hasn’t stepped in the Octagon in over seven years, which feels like an eternity in the MMA world. During the same interview with MiddleEasy, Mir had this to say about how some of the new fans don’t know who he is:

“There’s people now, I can walk around, and they don’t know who I am, MMA fans. [They say], oh, I watch UFC, who are you?”

Mir was referencing fans forgetting about him as a comparison for what Conor McGregor could be going through. The 44-year-old former UFC champion might have an opportunity to introduce himself to newer fans, as he plans to fight again alongside his daughter, Bella Mir, who is a rising prospect.

Published on August 2, 2023 at 3:40 am
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