The praise keeps on coming for the UFC’s brightest star Conor McGregor, with UFC President Dana White saying The Notorious is “bigger than any of the fighters we’ve ever had.”
Speaking to Ariel Helwani on FOX Sports, White spoke about McGregor being the real deal and that his meteoric rise was unheard of in the UFC and sport in general.
“Conor McGregor is the real deal – he is legit. He is a force that I have never seen ever.”
White, speaking passionately after McGregor’s first round stoppage of #5 ranked Dustin Poirier, argued that McGregor is even bigger than past champions Brock Lesnar and Georges St-Pierre.
“Bigger than Brock Lesnar when he was here, bigger than any of the fighters we’ve ever had. Yes, (he’s bigger than Georges St-Pierre). I’ve never seen anything like this. You don’t see something like this, you don’t see somebody burst on to the scene and have such a massive impact.”
Confidence is something that McGregor has in abundance and White admitted that he felt the Irishman would struggle to back up his promise of a first-round stoppage against Poirier.
“Dustin Poirier is awesome and he’s one of the best in the world. I was saying before the fight “Why would Conor say ,’I’m going to finish the no.5 guy in the world in the first round.’ He’s setting himself up for failure. Well, goes to show you what I know.”
“What we saw is that Conor McGregor is real, he’s legit and holy sh*t . Wow!”
High praise from the most respected man in the UFC. No pressure then Conor.
Watch highlights from Conor McGregor’s famous victory here.
Richard Barrett, Pundit Arena.
H/T to MMA Fighting.