CONOR MCGREGOR may need to change camps in order to avoid going stagnant, according to UFC icon Georges St-Pierre.
The Canadian told ESPN that it's 'imperative' McGregor isn't leading his own training camps.
He said: "It is imperative that Conor, if he wants to get back on the road of success, gets out of his comfort zone.
"He needs not to be the boss of his training camp. He needs coaches to tell him, 'Now you're gonna spar this guy, you're gonna go there, do this'.
"Even if it doesn't please him, he needs to go through that."
It's always been a point of pride for McGregor, 32, that he has risen from obscurity to superstardom with the same SBG team by his side.
His coach John Kavanagh, who in fairness to him was pivotal in keeping The Notorious from packing in MMA in his early days, has spoken before about how McGregor has a big say in how training is organised.
He told The Mac Life in 2020: “With Conor’s fight IQ, Conor’s understanding of the game, really this training camp is about all of us getting out of his way.
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"Provide him with an environment where he can have different looks, different feels and support him where he wants the training camp to go, in intensities and listening to him where he has days where he wants to push hard and days where he wants to slow down.
"It’s not so much about us coaches sitting there on a game plan and filling Conor in.
"Conor knows more about fighting than the rest of us put together."
While the very honest appraisal of their training camps has some logic to it, the admission that McGregor knows far more about fighting than the rest of them did raise a few eyebrows at the time.
It didn't become much of a talking point afterwards as the former two-weight world champion easily ran through Donald Cerrone.
But after his step up in competition against Dustin Poirier backfired so spectacularly, plenty of commentators have suggested a change of scenery could do his game the world of good.
His decline was particularly evident given that he lost to someone he destroyed in under two minutes back in 2014.
The role reversal, as well as McGregor being completely caught out by Poirier's calf kick-heavy gameplan, didn't reflect well on him, Kavanagh, Owen Roddy and co.
It's not being wise after the fact either as BT analyst Dan Hardy highlighted before the bout how The Diamond's best bet was to incorporate a lot of those kicks early on.
If McGregor is to insist on basing himself out of SBG, the best thing his team can do might be to convince him to bring in some outside voices to challenge him on how he prepares for his rubber fight versus Poirier.
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