Conor McGregor is now in the company of some of the world’s most famous athletes according to his placement in ESPN’s World Fame 100 list.
The list, which can be viewed in full here, is compiled using a formula based off of search-engine results, endorsements, and social media following.
With only global superstars such as Cristiano Ronaldo, LeBron James, Lionel Messi, and Neymar ahead of him, it’s pretty clear that the former UFC dual-weight champion’s status has shot into the stratosphere.
Some other notable placings in the list were Roger Federer #6, Tiger Woods #10, Paul Pogba #12, Khabib Nurmagomedov #15, Serena Williams #17, and Rory McIlroy #25.
As of right now, there is quite a bit of uncertainty around the future of the Irishman – something that was exacerbated by his recent run-in with the law in Miami, but even still, it does appear as though the biggest star in the sport of mixed martial arts will return to the octagon in 2019.
Not much is known about the ongoing negotiations but with speculation linking him to a showdown with the legendary Donald Cerrone, do not be surprised if all becomes clearer over the course of the coming weeks.
In many ways, the sheer chaos that surrounded the pairing of McGregor and lightweight champ Khabib Nurmagomedov was what saw it smash the sport’s pay-per-view record with 2.4 million buys – but there’s every reason to believe that his next contest, whenever it is signed, could give UFC 229 a run for its money.
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena