When it comes to trash talking in and outside of the octagon, Conor McGregor’s name has to be near the top of everyone’s list. His ability to make non-MMA fans want to watch him win or lose in the cage is a talent that very few fighters have, but McGregor doesn’t want to be compared to the likes of Chael Sonnen and Muhammad Ali.
During his open workout this week, McGregor expressed his thoughts on being compared to trash talkers of the past. “Look, every contest, they compare me to somebody new,” McGregor said. “I’ve been compared to Chael on many occasions, the Brazilians compare me to Chael. The Americans are trying to compare me to Muhammad Ali. I’ve been compared to Nick Diaz, I’ve been compared to Anderson Silva, I’ve been compared to everybody in the fight game. But I am just me.”
McGregor truly is one of a kind and he believes that human nature has played a part in his rise to popularity in the UFC. “This just human nature. People look to relate you to somebody that they know, that they are familiar with. It’s just human nature, people do that, but time will tell that I am not any of them. I am me, and the next young kid that’s on his way up , he will be compared to me. This is human nature, but I am not Chael.”
Conor McGregor is set to challenge Jose Aldo for his UFC Featherweight Championship at “UFC 189” this summer. Who do you think will walk out of the octagon with their hands raised?
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