White: McGregor Is My Ali/Tyson
Recently on a FOX News feature on the UFC President, Dana White would speak fondly of his organization’s biggest star, Conor McGregor.
McGregor, who will fight for the first time inside the Octagon for the first time since 2016, in October for his UFC 229 showdown with Khabib Nurmagomedov.
When asked by Harvey Levin about his relationship with former double champion, White claimed that… “he’s my [Muhammad] Ali. He’s my [Mike] Tyson.”
“He burst onto the scene and I knew the minute I sat down and had dinner with him that this kid was going to be a star. I didn’t know if he’d be able to fight and I didn’t know if he’d be able to win a title, but I knew he was going to be a star.”
White made these comparisons before, going back to a 2015 interview where White would compare McGregor to Ali.
”To compare anybody to Ali is kind of stupid because of all the other great things that were associated with him from a social movement and everything else,” White admitted at the time. “But Conor has just got that sparkle, that thing to him. Wherever he goes — whether we put him on TV, whether he’s doing an interview, whether he’s around a group of people — he just is the center of attention. He’s got that special quality, and for a guy that’s fought in the UFC four times to have the interest of GQ Magazine, Men’s Health, ESPN? He’s got it.”
”He is the greatest mental warfare fighter I have ever met. “Ever. The best. He doesn’t just f**k with the guys he’s going to fight. He f**ks with everybody. I know it’s sacrilege to compare anybody to Muhammad Ali in anything in the fight business. You don’t ever want to be comparing people to Muhammad Ali, but he’s the only one who comes to mind when it comes to the mental warfare that Conor wages.”
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