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Shannon Sharpe and Stephen A. Smith Believes McGregor Is Done

Shannon Sharpe and Stephen A. Smith deliberated about Conor McGregor’s future in the UFC on their talk show, Skip and Shannon: Undisputed and First Take.

Sharpe talked alongside Skip Bayless on their show Undisputed about where McGregor’s career stands after his third fight against Dustin Poirier. He said although McGregor can draw millions of fans to watch his fights, his fighting skills and tactics haven’t improved.

“Tell me one thing Conor McGregor has gotten better at besides marketing,” Sharpe said. “He can sell fights… but they take him down much easier and keep him down much easier.”

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Sharpe then refers to Conor McGregor’s fight against Khabib Nurmagomedov where McGregor lost the match by a fourth-round submission at UFC 229 in October 2018. In Saturday’s fight against Dustin Poirier, McGregor couldn’t hold on to a chokehold and suffered massive hits, elbows to his head for the last two minutes of the first round.

Stephen A. Smith spoke with Max Kellerman on their show First Take and revealed how they also believe Conor McGregor’s UFC career has reached its end.

“I think Conor McGregor is done and I think he is primarily done due to that injury,” Smith said.

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Stephen A. Smith agreed with Max Kellerman’s comments about how other UFC fighters are constantly improving their tactics in the octagon over the years while McGregor has been fighting significantly fewer fights since 2018. But was McGregor’s career really done because of this one injury?

Alex Chick said six months ago, “Conor Is Done And Needs To Retire From The UFC” after his previous fight against Dustin Poirier. In their second fight, Poirer beat McGregor with a 2nd round TKO loss in UFC 257.

Shannon Sharpe had a different take from Stephen A. Smith on McGregor’s third fight against Poirier. He believed Poirier would have beat him regardless of his injury.

“I hope they do fight again because I think he took the easy way out because the doctor stoppage actually saved him from a real ass whipping,” Sharpe said.

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The projection of McGregor’s UFC career is spiraling down. After losing three of his last four fights and now underwent surgery to fix a fractured left tibia and fibula, he can’t easily go back to the prime of his career. He will probably fight Dustin Poirier again in a year from now. While McGregor has to focus on healing and strengthening his leg, Poirier will find other tactics to end McGregor quicker. Even if people believe McGregor should retire to save himself from embarrassment, he’s not going to throw in the towel until he wins another fight.

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