Katie Taylor doesn’t believe that Conor McGregor is celebrated as much as he should be in Ireland, and has called him the Muhammad Ali of the UFC
Conor McGregor has been seen to be a big supporter of Katie Taylor in the past, frequently showing his respect and support for her and Taylor was sure to repay the kindness when speaking about McGregor to Ariel Helwani on The MMA Hour.
“My relationship with Conor is fantastic. we have messaged each other on a regular basis and I messaged him after the Dustin Poirier fight just to offer him some words of encouragement really.
“He’s already been a fantastic support to me but I think he’s just someone who’s actually transcended the sport. He, for me, is the Muhammad Ali of the UFC.”
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As well as appreciating McGregor’s calibre as a fighter, Taylor also admitted that she didn’t think he was appreciated enough for his accomplishments.
“He’s just a fantastic athlete and a great businessman as well. But what he has done for the sport, and the UFC, has been incredible and I don’t think he’s celebrated as much as he should be here in Ireland.
“I think he is an absolute global superstar and just a phenomenal athlete. He’s always been a complete gentleman towards me.”
Helwani then asked why Taylor didn’t think McGregor was receiving the same support that she was, to which, Taylor responded that antics outside of the octagon played a big part.
“I think he’s had a few controversial moments outside of the cage, as well, that people didn’t appreciate but I’m looking at him as just a phenomenal athlete and someone who I genuinely think has transcended the sport. Someone who’s become bigger than the sport, nearly.
“Every time he does fight it’s an absolutely huge event. He still gets the highest number of pay-per-view figures, he’s still the highest-paid athlete in the UFC. I just look at him as an outstanding athlete.”