CONOR McGREGOR has been urged to snub Mike Tyson's "risky" advice for his return to the UFC.
Boxing legend Tyson recently called for the UFC's poster boy to take a couple of tune-up fights before mixing it with the lightweight division's big boys.
But former middleweight champion Michael Bisping reckons an over-cautionary approach could end up backfiring if The Notorious were to lose to someone outside the top five.
The Count said on his YouTube channel: “The circumstances with McGregor right now, it’s a risky one.
"Tyson said have two or three fights before you go into a big fight like that. "There’s risk and there is reward.
"There’s no guarantees in the fight game and if he loses to [someone outside of the top five], then it’s even worse if he was to go in against the champ, Charles Oliveira.
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"[If] you go up against the champ Charles Oliveira [first], you get beat, oh well, so what? No big deal.
"Everybody’s losing to him right now. Charles Oliveira is the man.
“However, if [McGregor] loses to someone ranked down the pecking order, ranked six, seven, something like that, now it’s a very different conversation that’s taking place."
McGregor, 33, is currently on a two-fight skid following back-to-back defeats to former interim lightweight champion Dustin Poirier.
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The Irishman snapped his left leg in his rubber match with The Diamond last July but appears to be on course to return to the octagon later this year.
McGregor has set his sights on a summer return, but UFC president Dana White expects him to be back in action in the autumn at the earliest.
The veteran promoter told SunSport: "We're looking at early fall, if everything goes right."
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The fall timeline is contingent on doctors giving McGregor the all-clear to resume full mixed martial arts training
White added: "If his leg heals right and he gets the clearance to really start training, then possibly early fall."
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