UFC star Demetrious Johnson was full of praise for Conor McGregor ahead of the Irishman’s fight with Dustin Poirier this coming weekend.
The current UFC Flyweight Champion likened ‘The Notorious’ to legends such as Mike Tyson and Muhammad Ali.
“I really, truly appreciate Conor McGregor’s style — his fighting style and the way he talks,” Johnson said on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour. “The reason why is because he reminds me of a young Mike Tyson, a young Muhammad Ali, the way he talks.
“Like, I look at him and I don’t see him talking trash. I look at him and I see him talking (about) what he sees, where he’s like: ‘dude, I’m way faster, I move way better than you do, you’re slow, I’m going to hit you hard’ — which, I believe all these things that he says are true. Like, I believe that his fighting style is good, he understands fighting, and not taking anything away from Dustin Poirier — Dustin Poirier is a huge test — I can appreciate somebody who can talk that stuff and he’ll go in there and he’ll back it up.”
Johnson was curious though to see what would happen should McGregor lose this fight.
“If he loses then, you know, they’ll look around like, ‘Well, we had a good run, Conor. Let’s see what you got to say again.’
“So I’m more intrigued by that fight because I think that fight has more stakes going into it, because it’s like, one, I’m pretty sure if Conor wins it, then he can be fighting ‘old man Swanson,’ as he called him, Cub Swanson next. And then, who knows, he could be fighting Chad Mendes or Jose Aldo for the title after those two fight. We’ll see.”
There is huge praise being heaped on Conor McGregor; being compared to Muhammad Ali or Mike Tyson, both legends in the boxing World. McGregor can keep this sort of praise coming his way by starting with a win over Dustin Poirier on Saturday night in Las Vegas.
Rob Lyons, Pundit Arena.