Tyson Fury has backed up Conor McGregor's excuse for losing to Dustin Poirier at UFC 257.
The Irishman went into the fight as favourite despite the recent activity of Poirier, but ended up unconscious after a string of punches following a barrage of leg kicks.
Although he was humble in defeat, the 32-year-old was aware that his lack of recent action inside the octagon was his downfall, and that has been backed up by Fury.
After Fury won the WBA, IBF, WBO, IBO, and The Ring heavyweight titles by beating Wladimir Klitschko back in November of 2015, he would only return against Sefer Seferi almost three years later.
“He’s bang on right,” Fury said in a chat with Gareth A Davies.
“Conor McGregor fought in 2016, then he had two years out of the ring, and then he fought Khabib.
“And then he had another two years out of the ring, and then he fought Cerrone. And then he had another year out of the ring, and then he fought this guy, Poirier.
“Inactivity kills the cat. No doubt about it.
“When one man’s been active in fighting and sparring and in camps, and one man’s been on the couch, it’s no good.
“You lose your timing, you lose your distance, you lose it all. It’s all got to be gained back within camps and within fighting.
“If you had three fights on the bounce and you’ve never been in the ring for three years, the third one you’d be better, ten times better than you were the first time around.”
McGregor had said after his defeat: “Of course, I need activity you guys, come on.
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“You don’t get away with being inactive in this business and that’s the way it is. I’ll take my licks. I’m gutted, I’m gutted. I put so much work in.
“Well done Dustin, good man. It’s a tough one to swallow. I put in a lot of work, I’m proud of my work.
“I’d like to have represented my team a bit better, but we’ll get to go again and that’s it.”
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