McGregor Makes Time 100 List

Over the past couple years Conor McGregor has not only brought the UFC to the next level of mainstream recognition, he has also transcended the sport and become an international star. The Irish champion received one of his most prestigious accolades yet this week, when he was named one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People.

The list, which was released on Thursday, includes a short passage explaining the significance of each of the 100 people listed. McGregor’s passage was written by none other than actor and former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, who praised McGregor both as an athlete and as a larger-than-life personality.

“From the first time I met Conor,” Schwarzenegger wrote. “I knew he wasn’t the type of star you could box into one category. Since I’ve gotten to know him, I can tell you that what you see on the screen — the now familiar face of mixed martial arts — just scratches the surface. The Dublin native is razor-sharp, disciplined and charismatic. His energy is absolutely contagious, to the point where you almost start shouting in an Irish accent after 30 seconds of hearing that world-famous mouth.

“Conor has a fire in his belly that can’t be quenched with championship belts. There are no brakes that can stop his engine.”

McGregor followed up a 2015 campaign in which he became a champion with an even bigger, more record-breaking year. He suffered his first UFC loss in March, but set pay-per-view records in the process, records that he’d break in August with a redemptive victory over Nate Diaz. Then in November he made history, headlining the first UFC event at Madison Square Garden and becoming the first fighter to ever hold two UFC titles simultaneously.

The only other UFC fighter to make the Time 100 list was Ronda Rousey, who was recognized in 2016 with a passage written by Tina Fey.

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