Conor McGregor's career in the UFC has taken an interesting turn of late, after his retirement tweet then subsequent Facebook post that he wasn't retiring.
The Irishman refused to leave his training camp in Iceland for a press conference in Las Vegas and was withdrawn from the UFC 200 card, being replaced by a rematch between Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier for the Light Heavyweight Championship.
And then there was a further snub for McGregor, as Robbie Lawler vs. Tyron Woodley for the Welterweight title has been reported as the potential main event for UFC 201. Now, with McGregor locked in some sort of battle with the UFC, Tito Ortiz has stepped in to have his say.
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Ortiz was a guest on Chael Sonnen's podcast recently and implored McGregor to learn from the mistakes that he made during his career.
The Hall of Famer discussed his own history of fighting Dana White and the UFC and revealed his thoughts about The Notorious One's decision to do similarly.
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"I don't know, it's just one of those things," Ortiz said. "I made some bad decisions with the UFC, with Dana and I've been talked bad about from them from Dana, and I look back on it and wish I would have done things a lot different."
"I just, I hope Conor makes the right decisions, and at the same time, but makes the decision for his future."
Ortiz was probably the most difficult fighter that Dana White and the UFC ever had to deal with. The Huntington Beach Bad Boy would always clash with White over what he felt was disrespect regarding pay and appreciation within the company.
According to Ortiz, McGregor should sit out for a year and then come back to the UFC octagon.
"He's only 28. Let him sit out for a little bit. Let him see how much money the other fighters can make the UFC," Tito believes. "Which they can. The UFC, they are the star. They're gonna make the money. They'll keep bringing more and more fighters in.
"Conor's going to miss out on a year or two and then he'll have to cave in and ask what Dana and Lorenzo [Fertitta] want him to do..."
Ortiz seems to be of the opinion that battling with the UFC is a dumb task for McGregor to undertake as they have more money and resources than the Irishman, which seems like a smart viewpoint.
But, McGregor is undoubtedly a star and one has to ask if the UFC would cut off their nose to spite their face. We'll have to wait and see what happens.