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Chael Sonnen argues that Conor McGregor would not must be ‘hungry’ to return to his finest


Chael Sonnen has steered that Conor McGregor doesn’t want ‘motivation’ or ‘starvation’ to search out success contained in the octagon.

A lot has been manufactured from Conor McGregor’s most up-to-date struggle, a second-round TKO loss in his rematch towards Dustin Poirier at UFC 257 (January 2021).

McGregor had dominantly defeated Poirier through first-round TKO of their first struggle at UFC 178 (September 2014). He was anticipated to decisively beat The Diamond within the rematch as effectively.

Not solely did the Irishman find yourself dropping, however he additionally suffered the very first KO/TKO lack of his MMA profession. On that notice, many within the fight sports activities world have chimed in with their respective speculation about what led to McGregor’s defeat.

Some imagine {that a} lack of motivation might’ve performed a task, whereas others declare that maybe the inactivity over the previous few years damage Conor McGregor.

In a current episode of Past the Struggle, MMA legend Chael Sonnen defined that Conor McGregor doesn’t must be hungry to succeed. The American Gangster famous that what McGregor wants is ‘self-discipline’.

“Conor tweeted that ‘Double expertise work. I didn’t take a break day, not even a Sunday, once I was coaching to turn out to be the UFC 145-pound champion’. He mentioned I’ll take the identical strategy for my subsequent struggle. Finish quote. Okay. So, what Conor’s speaking about there, whether or not he understands it or not, he’s speaking about self-discipline over motivation. He’s speaking about self-discipline over starvation. And the query comes, ‘Are you able to do it?’ If you’re not hungry and you aren’t motivated, are you able to do it? I don’t just like the phrase starvation. I don’t just like the phrase motivated. I don’t prefer it when coaches inform the athlete that you could – after which fill within the clean on one thing that’s a human emotion that they can’t simply produce.”

“Being motivated is a good time of life as a result of now you’re nonetheless having enjoyable, you’re having fun with it, you’re motivated. However you possibly can’t management that. Should you might, you’d be motivated on daily basis. You may’t management it. It comes and it goes. So what do you do? Nicely, you then gotta be a lifetime of self-discipline. And no one will ever reach something if they don’t seem to be disciplined. And self-discipline is focus; that’s the place psychological toughness is available in. You need to be disciplined. That is what I’m going to do, whether or not I need to do it or not,” mentioned Chael Sonnen.

Moreover, Chael Sonnen defined that Conor McGregor needed to be extra disciplined to make the 145-pound weight restrict throughout his time within the Featherweight division.

The MMA legend additionally identified that McGregor himself had confirmed he didn’t take the no-days-off strategy to coach for his fights within the Light-weight division. Sonnen mentioned that this lower in self-discipline adversely affected Conor McGregor.

Chael Sonnen believes Conor McGregor is probably going to return to his previous technique

Conor McGregor (left); Dustin Poirier (right)
Conor McGregor (left); Dustin Poirier (proper)

The MMA legend additionally steered that we might see Conor McGregor return to the technique that has labored for him previously.

“Tom Hogan had this up within the Westland weight room – I’ll always remember it – However all it merely mentioned is ‘No person ever acquired higher understanding on the times that they felt prefer it’. That was your complete quote. And I noticed it each single day of my life. I don’t want one other quote. That’s true – No person ever acquired higher understanding on the times that they really feel like. If that’s true, so what Conor McGregor is speaking about is, ‘I’ve recognized what labored for me previously, and I must exit and duplicate it’,” mentioned Chael Sonnen.

Chael Sonnen indicated that opposite to well-liked opinion, preventing is just not 20 % bodily and 80 % psychological. In accordance with the MMA legend, it’s fairly the other.

He expects The Infamous One to focus extra on the bodily side of coaching relatively than the psychological aspect of it.

“Individuals prefer to say that the game is 80 % psychological and 20 % bodily. However we spend 80 % of the time on the bodily and solely 20 % on the psychological. It’s not true. It’s 80 % bodily and it’s 20 % psychological. That’s the reality,” mentioned Sonnen. (*H/T Sportskeeda for the transcription)

Presently, Conor McGregor is about to face Dustin Poirier of their trilogy struggle at UFC 264 (July tenth, 2021). The winner of the bout might struggle for the UFC Light-weight title later this yr.

Which fighter do you see rising victorious within the Conor McGregor vs. Dustin Poirier trilogy struggle? Pontificate within the feedback.

Printed 08 Apr 2021, 06:37 IST