Ireland’s Conor McGregor, who now holds the UFC featherweight and lightweight titles, is a bona fide superstar. His tremendous blend of bravado and talent have helped him break dozens of UFC records and surpass other names like Ronda Rousey, Brock Lesnar, Jon Jones, Georges St-Pierre and others to become the biggest star the sport of MMA has ever produced.
The latest examples of McGregor’s transcendent fame occurred on the fields of the National Football League, where several football stars were seen doing McGregor’s famous “billionaire strut,” also referred to as the “billy strut” or “power walk.” Though it was admittedly WWE president Vince McMahon who created this strut, McGregor can undeniably be credited with its mainstream popularity.
The first NFL star to bust out the billionaire strut seems to have been Miami Dolphins linebacker Kiko Alonso.
— Kiko Alonso (@elbravo_47) November 14, 2016
Another NFL star to channel McGregor with the billionaire strut was Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant, who did so after the Cowboys extended their lead over The Washington Redskins on Thanksgiving.
— Mike Allardyce (@mikedyce) November 25, 2016
A third NFL star to do his best McGregor impression was Pat McAfee, a punter for the Indianapolis Colts, who busted out the strut to celebrate a 35-yard pass during the Colts’ thanksgiving showdown with the Pittsburgh Steelers (which they would ultimately lose 28-7).
Needless to say, McGregor-mania has seeped into the NFL – a clear testament to just how big a star the Irishman has become.
When we last saw McGregor in action, he added the lightweight belt to his crowded mantle by knocking out Eddie Alvarez. Prior to that history-making win, he went 1-1 across two unforgettable welterweight battles with Nate Diaz. These battles were preceded by a 13-second knockout of featherweight champ Jose Aldo, which earned McGregor his first UFC title.
Having knocked out Alvarez, McGregor now plans to take some time off to father his first child with longtime girlfriend Dee Devlin. When he returns, he’s likely to take on one of two top lightweight contenders in Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson, though bouts with Tyron Woodley, Nate Diaz, and Jose Aldo are also possible.
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