McGregor Ridicules Ilia Topuria’s Star Power

Conor McGregor mocked UFC Featherweight Champion Ilia Topuria’s star power. 

Topuria upset the odds, beating Alexander Volkanovski at UFC 298 to get the belt. Topuria’s profile increased exponentially, getting spotted at Real Madrid’s Santiago Bernabeu Stadium. He was also seen with soccer superstar Lionel Messi. Topuria revealed his desire to become the highest-paid athlete next year, following in the footsteps of McGregor. The Notorious, however, has not been impressed by what he has seen. He likened Topuria to Artem Lobov, who is currently suing McGregor over alleged money owed from selling his former Proper 12 Irish whiskey.

“He’s talking about, he’s going to be the highest-paid athlete in 2025. It’s 2024. It’s actually now. The 2025 highest-paid athlete list begins right now. The list came out only recent and that means he’s going to have to rake in about $200, $300 million. Don’t be silly, lad. It just reminded me of Artem Lobov. Just a stupid little fool,” McGregor said 

Topuria has been criticized for his inactivity. Since winning the belt, he has been linked with the McGregor fight, the Volkanovski rematch and a bout with Max Holloway. McGregor is unlikely to fight Topuria due to the weight class. McGregor will fight at Michael Chandler at 170 pounds, while Topuria could only move up to 145, making it unlikely.

The Volkanovski rematch has not been agreed, leaving Holloway as the leading contender. Holloway secured his best win, stopping Justin Gaethje at UFC 300 to win the BMF Belt. McGregor picked Holloway to beat Topuria. 

“Holloway, too light, too fast. I think Holloway picks him apart. If they fight. Holloway has done it, he has that featherweight title. He’s had it for a long time. He’s now the ‘BMF.’ Topuria, for me, is a non-champion in my opinion. He might have a strap but it’s a meaningless strap, in my opinion, as he holds it. I don’t see any attraction to it. What’s he Georgian? Spanish? What is he? I don’t even know where he is. I don’t get the buzz with him. There is no buzz with him. He needs to keep fighting. Topuria needs to keep fighting,” McGregor stated 

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