McGregor makes his return from another lengthy absence against Donald Cerrone on Saturday night in Las Vegas, with a staggering 38 months having passed since the Irishman’s last win in the octagon.
Cyborg, who recently swapped the UFC for rival promotion Bellator, has been encouraged by McGregor’s comments during fight week, but urged the two-weight champion not to underestimate Cerrone.
‘Cerrone has been fighting for a long time and has so much experience,’ Cyborg told Metro.co.uk ahead of fight night.
‘He fights all the time, a real fighter. Conor, though, looks really focused. We have the same management and his attitude motivates me in my training.
‘In every interview he seems really focused again. I think he’ll do his best this time. I wish the best for both fighters.
‘McGregor just has to avoid all the negative things around him and focus on fighting.’
McGregor has already admitted the last few years of his life have been a rollercoaster and a period where competitive fighting and MMA has taken a backseat.
The 31-year-old described his last camp for his clash with Khabib Nurmagomedov as ‘horrendous’ and revealed he drank all the way through his last fight week.
Cyborg has been one the stand-out fighters in the rise of women’s MMA in the last decade and offered some words of wisdom to McGregor, as he targets becoming a UFC champion again.
She said: ‘It happens a lot [that fighters get wrapped up in fame].
‘This is one of the biggest things you have to learn in fighting.
‘You have to get through it and learn that fame might change your life but not you.
‘You have to stay focused and keep your family around you, because that’s what is real.
‘You can’t let the negative things affect you and change you. It’s hard, but you have to control that.’
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UFC 246 Odds
Conor McGregor 3/10
Donald Cerrone 5/2
Conor McGregor by KO 1/2