Conor McGregor needs to “harden himself up as a man”, says former rival Eddie Alvarez.
The Notorious is not living up to his name at the moment, having won once in the last three years from two fights since his defeat against Khabib Nurmagomedov.
That came against Dustin Poirier at the start of the year, getting knocked out in the second round and throwing his UFC career into doubt.
With the count standing at a win for each of them, though, a trilogy bout looks to be on the cards for the Irishman.
But Alvarez, who lost his UFC Lightweight Championship belt to McGregor in 2016, has fired a warning to the 32-year-old.
Speaking toFanatics View, the 37-year-old said: “When you have $100 million in the bank, it’s the opposite of fighting.
“Fighting is having to deal with adversity every day, being told no. Having to wake up.
“Doing things that you don’t necessarily want to do, and that requires discipline and it hardens you, and you become a good fighter as a byproduct of all these things that happened throughout your life.
“And the idea of having $100 million in the bank, where everyone tells you yes, you get to make your own schedule and you get to wake up when you want, it’s the opposite of having to be a fighter, it actually softens you.
“I feel like for Conor to come back, he needs to harden himself as a man. In order to do that, he needs to get rid of all those things, maybe go away.
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“Get out of that world and become hardened again over time.”
McGregor has amassed his wealth both in and out of the Octagon, with the growth of his Proper Twelve whisky brand, with bottles selling in the UK at £22 each.
And this has seen The Notorious spend it on some big-ticket items such as boats and a £2m mansion.
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