Conor McGregor had probably the lowest point of his UFC career to date last Saturday night after tapping out to Nate Diaz.
The Irishman, who had been trash-talking his American counterpart every day in the leadup to the fight, was forced to submit after a lazy takedown attempt resulted in some vicious strikes and finally a rear-naked choke from Diaz to finish the bout.
It was McGregor's first loss in the UFC and a definite blow to his ego, which was there for all to see in his post-fight interviews. However, the 27-year-old has been tipped to make a big comeback inside the octagon, by none other than boxing legend Mike Tyson.
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Doing Too Much
Speaking in an interview with Jim Rome of CBS Sports about UFC, Ronda Rousey, McGregor and more, Tyson stated that he truly thought that McGregor had made a mistake in going up too many weight classes at one time and paid the price for it.
"My personal opinion, I think he went up too fast in weight, and I think he fought the wrong guy in that weight," Tyson told Rome.
McGregor went from winning a UFC Championship at 145lbs to originally fighting Rafael dos Anjos at 160. When Dos Anjos had to pull out because of a broken foot, McGregor decided to fight Diaz at 170, a definite step too far.
However, that doesn't mean things are all doom and gloom for the Irishman. 'Iron Mike' went on to add that he fully believed McGregor can make a real comeback from this if he does just one thing - learns from these mistakes.
"It's just something that happens in fighting, and we should all learn from our mistakes."
"That's what fighting is all about, learning from our mistakes, improving our mistakes, and improving ourselves," Tyson went on to add. "Not giving up."
Getting back in the Octagon
Tyson knows what it's like to be at the top of the mountain with everyone else below you and have it all taken away. Whilst McGregor vs Diaz will never be on the same level as Tyson's KO loss to Buster Douglas in 1990, it still represents that exact same confidence-shattering moment where a superstar went from the best in the world to a mere mortal in the eyes of the public.
McGregor just needs to get back on the horse and in the octagon as soon as possible, to show everyone he's still a threat. And when he does, he'll have one very prominent name backing him all the way.