Conor McGregor has been teasing his UFC welterweight return, but at least one top 170-pound fighter is warning him against the move.
Former title contender Gilbert Burns believes McGregor will be completely outgunned in weaponry, superiority and strength if he takes on the world’s best welterweight fighters.
“He’s not a welterweight, but if he wants to fight at welterweight, I’d love to kick Conor out of the shit,” Burns told MMA Fighting. “I don’t think he can take this hit. I don’t even talk about wrestling because it’s not fair. [I’d] just dump him and tear him apart, but the fight with Conor is a win-win for me. I will beat him and get a lot of crazy money.
“I don’t even call for this fight because it’s unfair. I think he’s 55 pounds [if] he’s at 170, he can’t take those punches. He can’t handle this fight.”
While McGregor has even pursued a title shot against reigning UFC champion Kamaru Usman in the past, Burns doesn’t understand how the Irish superstar can handle someone who is at the top of the rankings, much less the best fighter in the world.
McGregor currently has a 2-1 record at 170 pounds, but his two victories came against Nate Diaz and Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone, who have traditionally fought in the lightweight division for most of their careers.
Looking at the fighters who currently sit at the top welterweight positions in the UFC, Burns believes everyone will be a terrible opponent for McGregor if he truly decides to test himself in the division.
“If you’re talking about the top five in the world, everyone hits hard except Colby. [Covington] but anyone can fight,” Burns explained. “Colby knows how to fight. Colby and Conor are not funny because Colby would just outplay him. Kamaru [Usman], he can hit hard and he can fight. Khamzat [Chimaev], he can hit hard and he can fight. Leon Edwards, he can hit very hard, hit well and can fight. I hit hard and I can fight, so don’t say you’re a welterweight.
“You can’t deal with the top five guys in this division. You can fight a couple of guys at 170 pounds, but he’s not a welterweight. If he really thinks [he is]try five [fighters] in that division. I think it’s unfair. We would just destroy Conor.”
One welterweight who has asked to fight McGregor is Jorge Masvidal, but even he is skeptical that this fight will ever happen.
Of course, Burns also called for a fight with Masvidal, but he really just doesn’t see the UFC giving this fight to McGregor instead after he returns to the fight after breaking his leg in his last fight against Dustin Poirier in 2021. .
“I don’t think he’s going to [to fight] Masvidal. I think he’s going to fight Michael Chandler,” Burns said of McGregor. “That’s how I see it. That’s why I think I’ll fight Masvidal in September, October and then I believe that whenever Conor comes back, he comes back at 155 pounds. [pounds]. I don’t know why, but I think he’s fighting Michael Chandler.”
Burns, who counts Chandler as one of his main training partners at the Kill Cliff MMA tournament in Florida, would like to see his teammate take on McGregor, even if he’s not convinced the former UFC bi-division champion still has the the same desire as ever. It was.
In fact, Burns wonders if McGregor can ever reach the same heights that have landed him multiple UFC titles and also become the sport’s biggest draw ever again.
There’s no question that Infamous still has stellar power, but with a 1-3 record in his last four fights, Burns believes McGregor’s best days are behind him.
“This is a crazy fight. I think it will. Of course, my boyfriend Chandler will be fighting Conor all day, but I would like to see this fight. I think it’s going to be a crazy fight, but Michael has so much power, he’s so athletic, this guy is a beast.
“I think [Chandler] can knock out anyone in this division, especially Conor, who, although an athlete, is a celebrity. This guy works out sometimes, drinks sometimes, goes crazy, he doesn’t have the lifestyle to be in the top five in the division anymore. Much respect, this guy was twice champion, but he’s not the same guy anymore. I don’t think he has the discipline to be at the top of the division. He doesn’t have it anymore.”