Leon Edwards says Conor McGregor has given more than he’s taken in MMA: “He’s great for the sport”

By Harry Kettle - February 2, 2024

UFC welterweight champion Leon Edwards has given his thoughts on Conor McGregor’s legacy in mixed martial arts.

Conor McGregor

Over the course of the last decade or so, Conor McGregor has firmly established himself as the biggest star in the history of MMA. He has won championships, and he has sold millions of pay-per-views; he has become quite the entrepreneur outside of the cage.

Of course, in addition to that, he’s also had his fair share of legal troubles.

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In the eyes of many, that has taken away from his overall legacy quite a bit. However, in a recent interview, the aforementioned Leon Edwards had a different point of view.

Edwards praises McGregor

“I think he’s great for the sport,” Edwards said on the “Up Front With Simon Jordan” podcast. “He has definitely brought the sport forward to the casual fans. He is one of those guys that you either like him or you don’t like him, but he is who he is. What he’s achieved in the sport, you can’t take away from him.

“He did become the first ever two-division world champion. So even though he talks all that sh*t, he is actually a good fighter, as well, behind it. He definitely helped the sport. He didn’t take nothing away from it, he definitely gave more in terms of pushing it into the mainstream.”

“I’m not an admirer of his,” Edwards said. “I’m judging him from the competitive part of it, the self-promotion part of it. His personal life is his own business. I couldn’t give two sh*ts about his personal life. It’s more about what he’s achieved in the game, his self-promotion part of it. To each their own. He’s not my mate.”

Quotes via MMA Junkie

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