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Mike Tyson has told Conor McGregor to "look inside himself" amid controversy regarding his career as the Irish star embarks on his UFC return.
McGregor hasn't fought since his devastating defeat to Khabib Nurmagomedov last October, yet he has made headlines but for all the wrong reasons.
He punched an old man in an Irish bar over an alleged whiskey dispute. The ex-UFC double champion has since expressed his regret with Tyson giving him advice ahead of his Octagon return.
"You know, Conor, has to look inside himself and say; what happened? Why am I the way I am? And how I do stop this from continuing to be?" He said when asked if he sympathises with McGregor on Ariel Helwani's MMA Show.
"I think he's an awesome guy," the boxing icon added about the 31-year-old.
Some giggle off that Cherry Pick Kush :joy: pic.twitter.com/ZXh8TR8IU9
- Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) November 5, 2018
It's not the first time McGregor has received some words of encouragement from Tyson.
Back in August, the 53-year-old said: "Absolutely (he can bounce back from this), he's a wonderful person. He's a really kind man. He's going to get good karma for that... I believe that."
On a second chance, Tyson added: "He earned it."
McGregor's hoping to return to the UFC as soon as possible and he's got his eyes on a bunch of fighters including old rival Nurmagomedov not to mention Dustin Poirier, Jose Aldo and Nate Diaz.
"I want my world title back, I want that redemption... the camp was incorrect," he said in revealing interview with ESPN.
"Knowing the commitment I had in that camp and the performance I put in... he ran away in that first round, he [Nurmagomedov] didn't throw a punch, he shot for the legs before he threw a punch.
"I should have been talking to Herb [Dean, referee]; he said he was taking to me, but there wasn't a whisper out of him until he had me in that dominant position.
"We only ended up in that dominant position because I was walking around being disrespectful because he was running around the cage.
"I switched off in the middle section and he go that lucky shot. Even after he got that lucky shot - although it was a good shot - I bounced back up and engaged and what did he do, he shot again.
"I'm not going to wait around, if Dustin does it, it's dustin, if it's Nate [Diaz], Nate, if it's Jorge [Masvidal], Jorge... Tony Ferguson, Justin [Gaethje], [Max] Holloway, the [Jose] Aldo rematch."
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