06 Jan 2016
McGregor should learn from the mistakes of Rousey

After landing his first film role Conor McGregor must be wary of the pitfalls of superstardom that so brutally cost his UFC co-star, Ronda Rousey. 


McGregor will follow in the steps of the former women’s bantamweight champion after his burgeoning fame has earned him a role alongside Hollywood star Vin Diesel in the new XXX movie. 


Rousey found herself in this position a couple of years ago when she was cast for the blockbuster, The Expendables 3, alongside action heroes such as Stallone, Schwarzenegger and Statham. 


Then last year she attempted to juggle fighting and acting by starring Furious 7 and Entourage while attempting to defend her belt three times.


Something that professionals in either profession will tell you is that their jobs are all consuming and they require complete focus and concentration in order to carry out properly.  


While we cannot know for sure, it is fair to argue that Rousey lost to Holly Holm because she sacrificed her fight career to pursue a more lucrative one in film. 


We do not know how much time she spent on set and how much this detracted from her training but undoubtedly it will have served as a distraction. 


And in the 51 days since she will surely have spent time wondering how that fight could have alternatively ended had she spent 100% of her time focussed on her opponent. 


The misery of Rousey should act as a warning to McGregor.


In his ascension to the top of the game he has been fixated on combat and despite his brash persona the Irishman has in many ways remained grounded - particularly in the sense that he has kept faith in his original team, the team that helped get him where he is today. 


Additionally he is still coached by the man who essentially forced him to focus on fighting as a teenager: John Kavanagh. And he is still with his long-time girlfriend: Dee Devlin.  


These are the factors which should ensure he does not suffer the same fate as Rousey.