Tito Ortiz has urged Conor McGregor not to make the same mistakes as he did by clashing with the UFC over fight promotion.
McGregor recently retired from UFC, albeit very briefly, after clashing with president Dana White over promotional commitments.
The Irishman argued the media commitments would affect his training regime, but former light heavyweight champion Ortiz, who had his own power struggle with the organisation over a decade ago, had a word of warning for ‘Notorious’.
“I made some bad decisions with the UFC, with Dana, and I’ve been talked bad by Dana. I look back on it and wish I would have done things a lot different,” he said on Chael Sonnen’s You’re Welcome podcast.
“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. Which they can. The UFC, they are the star. They’re gonna make the money.
“They’ll keep bringing more and more fighters in and 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 want him to do.”
And the 41-year-old believes McGregor needs to be wary about missing too many of his peak years, when he could make the most money.
“We’re fighters. We go out there and we’ll open a window of opportunity and they’re only open for so long, and we have to take advantage of that time right then,” he added.
“When I did it, I was 30, 31 years old maybe it was a little too late than I should have did it but I did it right. I was okay with the money that I got, the money that I made. So hopefully, Conor makes the right decision.
“The window is really, really small. I think the best decision is doing what Lorenzo and Dana want him to do.”