There’s no question that Conor McGregor’s aggressive approach and vaunted striking skills have contributed to his meteoric rise in the UFC. But really, if not for his abilities on the mic and gift for trash talking, “Notorious”wouldn’t be the superstar that he is. After all, pretty much every time McGregor gives an interview, the media is provided with a gift basket full of memorable quotes and headliners.
Recently UFC boss man Dana White spoke with Yahoo Sports, and while discussing McGregor, he had this to say about the interim featherweight champ.
“I know it’s sacrilege to compare anybody to Muhammad Ali in anything in the fight business,” White said. “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.
“But think about it: When you think of the mental game, and the fight that comes before the fight, you think of Conor McGregor and Muhammad Ali.”
It’s definitely a fair comparison, although, some might argue that Ali’s mental warfare wasn’t as aggressive as McGregor’s. Although, it was a different era. White also noted that it’s “too early to tell” if McGregor is one of the greatest ever, in terms of his in cage accomplishments, but argued a win over Jose Aldo would be a step in that “direction.”
Of course, this is a huge, huge reason why Saturday’s bout between Aldo and McGregor is expected to be so massive. If McGregor takes out Aldo, then he’s walked the walk and has validated the hype. If he loses, and does so badly, then a storm of questions, insults and memes are likely headed McGregor’s way…