Conor McGregor is ‘back to when he fought Jose Aldo but a heavier weight’, reveals Stephen Thompson – as ex-UFC star warns Michael Chandler he faces a ‘scary’ prospect who has ‘gone back to his roots’ ahead of their future fight
- McGregor and Chandler are set to face off after filming ‘The Ultimate Fighter’
- Thompson has worked with McGregor on the show to help coach students
- The Irishman hasn’t fought since breaking his leg against Dustin Poirier in 2021
Conor McGregor has changed his fighting style after ‘listening to the fans’, according to Stephen Thompson.
McGregor is set for a return to the octagon in a bout against Michael Chandler when the two finish coaching on reality tv series ‘The Ultimate Fighter’.
Though the fight has been dubbed a mismatch by many, McGregor has been training ahead of the eventual fight.
During ‘The Ultimate Fighter’, McGregor has brought in former UFC star Stephen Thompson to help train his students, with the ex-welterweight champion discussing McGregor’s form.
McGregor, who hasn’t fought in the UFC since losing to Dustin Poirier in 2021, has reverted back to a more strike-focused approach rather than a boxing-heavy method, according to Thompson.
Conor McGregor is said to have changed his fighting style after listening to the fans
McGregor is set to have his comeback fight against Michael Chandler (right) after the two finish filming ‘The Ultimate Fighter’
Stephen Thompson (right) has been working with McGregor on the reality TV show
Thompson told Submission Radio: ‘Man, for one, for somebody to come off an injury like that, this guy, his mindset was like it didn’t even happen.
‘And he’s getting back to his roots. He’s never taken in karate in his life, but he’s trained with a lot of karate fighters and that’s kind of where he got that movement from.
‘For instance, when he fought Jose Aldo, his movement, his wide stance, his speed was on point.
‘He’s back to that at a heavier weight, which is scary. I think he’s listened to the fans. His last two fights with Poirier was kind of in that boxer mentality.
‘He’s got to get back to his roots of movement, and that’s what we’re going to see from Conor the next time he steps out there.’
McGregor hasn’t fought since breaking his leg against Dustin Poirier in July 2021
McGregor was also dubbed a ‘great coach’ by Thompson for his work on ‘The Ultimate Fighter.
‘He cares a lot about his guys’, said the 40-year-old. ‘He’s a great coach.
‘And that’s fun to watch and see, because me coming from that, that’s what I do for a living.
‘And to be able to see Conor kind of share that… I’ve seen a lot of guys teach, and you realise real quick that they don’t care about it.’
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