Urijah Faber has urged pal Conor McGregor to stay along with his ardour of preventing, no matter whether or not or not he loses to Dustin Poirier once more at UFC 264.
The Irishman’s plan for a season of profitable fights in 2021 was wrecked in emphatic style below the intense lights of Struggle Island when Poirier knocked him out at UFC 257.
Having not fought since UFC 246, McGregor hoped to construct momentum earlier than a possible rematch with bitter rival Khabib Nurmagomedov and even one other light-weight title shot.
But ‘The Diamond’ exacted revenge on Abu Dhabi for the trauma of UFC 178 when he himself was stopped by McGregor after they had been simply featherweight contenders.
Since profitable the title at 155lbs again in 2016, McGregor has received only one combat within the Octagon – the aforementioned win again in January 2020 in opposition to Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone.
The lengthy intervals of inactivity have clearly hampered ‘The Infamous’ and he has additionally endured a number of run-ins with the authorities, together with assaulting an aged man in a Dublin pub in August 2019.
Faber labored alongside McGregor after they had been rival coaches and filming The Final Fighter again in 2015 and he was but to win a world title or make the kind of cash he’s able to drawing in now.
But the ‘California Child’ believes that fireplace nonetheless burns shiny and that power should be harnessed into his craft.
“I don’t assume it may be,” Faber informed talkSPORT.com. “To be sincere, a man like Conor, except he actually loses himself in enterprise or one other ardour, what else is he going to do?
“Possibly go make motion pictures? As a result of he’s going to be one of many greatest stars on the planet and we have now seen individuals in his place try this.
“The man is a fighter, so if he loses it’s going to in all probability be one other combat. When you’ve got sufficient cash…
“I might see him entering into hassle, to be sincere with you. I believe he wants to remain preventing as a result of that’s his ardour.”
McGregor has technically retired thrice already in his profession, but the lure of preventing has all the time proved too sturdy.
And Faber, who made a comeback of his personal in 2019, believes even a second consecutive defeat to Poirier won’t be sufficient to maintain McGregor down.
“I simply can’t see Conor being retired for the remainder of his life,” Faber added. “That’s form of a recipe for catastrophe.
“The cash is there, he’s going to have the ability to rent individuals to make that cash develop and do his half to advertise companies and what not.
“However I believe he’ll proceed to combat. I keep in mind after I retired in 2016, he despatched me a message and mentioned, ‘It’s not the time but and it’s best to nonetheless be preventing.’
“Till is now not your ardour, then you definately give up. However why would you give up if anyone beat you? That’s no option to stay life.
“I believe he retains preventing.”