UFC President Dana White has showered McGregor with a lot of praise in the past, but now White is saying that McGregor is one of the biggest stars in all of combat sports.
“Conor McGregor isn’t the biggest star in the sport – Conor McGregor is one of the biggest stars in the history of combat sports, period,” White told MMA Junkie. “When you mention Conor McGregor’s name, you’re talking (Mike) Tyson, ‘Sugar’ Ray Leonard, (Floyd) Mayweather – he’s on that list. He has some of the biggest, and the biggest pay-per-view of all-time. Anybody who wants to speak negatively about this fight or think that this fight is whateve: $10.6 million gate and trending off the charts for pay-per-view. I don’t even listen to this crap anymore.”
White, in the past, has also called McGregor his Muhammad Ali and Mike Tyson while also championing McGregor in The Money Fight against Floyd Mayweather.
McGregor may be one of combat sports biggest stars, but the fighter hasn’t picked up a victory in over three years. Cerrone isn’t in a much better position himself, as “Cowboy” enters UFC 246 while riding a two fight losing streak.
UFC 246 takes place on Saturday, January 18 from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada with Conor McGregor and Donald Cerrone headlining. Fightful is providing live coverage of the event, with a post-show podcast to follow.