CONOR McGREGOR has been sent a blunt warning about his UFC return fight against Michael Chandler.
The Irishman has not fought since July 2021 when he broke his leg against Dustin Poirier.
But he is due to face Chandler, 37, in his anticipated comeback bout despite no date yet being revealed.
And with over two years out of the octagon, UFC lightweight Rafael Fiziev claimed McGregor is past his best.
Fiziev, 30, told MMA Fighting: “Michael and I have the same problem, because he also has to control his emotions in the fight.
“He has to control it. I think if he starts to control emotions, following the game plan only, he’ll beat Conor, because Conor, he lost the focus.
“He’s not the Conor from six years ago, five years ago. It’s not [the same] Conor.
“He just has to stay smart, have to stay calm, and I think Michael can win this fight easily just because [Conor] lost the focus.
“I think if he [gets out of] one round, after, [Chandler will win]. It’s a very interesting fight.”
Following McGregor’s absence from the octagon, he is currently out of the UFC’s all year round United States Anti-Doping Agency testing.
To return, he must complete six months of USADA tests unless he is given a special exemption.
So it remains unclear on whether McGregor, 35, will be free to fight without returning the mandatory testing.
But Fiziev questioned why the former two-division champion has not yet been tested by USADA.
He said: “It’s still this crazy situation because, How is USADA not testing him? He’s lightweight fighter and you don’t test him.
“It’s crazy why he can’t do it like that but everybody [else] can, but it doesn’t matter. It doesn’t matter.
“But I think he deserves all this s*** around him, because he’s a superstar, man. If you or me [become a star] like him, I think we can we can do the bull**** the same.
“He’s superstar level, that’s why he’s doing this bull****. But I don’t say if I [become] the superstar, I [would do] the same, because I like [there] to be justice.
“I don’t want to say [it’s] not justice [with McGregor], but yeah, he does it because he’s a superstar.”