Dana White explains why Conor McGregor is UFC’s biggest star and what separates him from the other MMA stars.
The UFC has had many stars in the past. However, Dana White believes that there has been none like Comor McGregor before. He acknowledged the others for being huge in the sport but claimed that the Irishman had long eclipsed them.
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The UFC president was a guest on Eddie Hearn’s Talk the Talk. he discussed how stars like Georges St-Pierre, Anderson Silva, and Ronda Rousey opened up new avenues. However, it was McGregor who brought the UFC to the world.
Dana White explains why Conor McGregor is UFC’s biggest star
“The way that it works in the UFC, these guys that become these big stars become partners,” White said (transcript via The Mac Life). “They become partners in the pay-per-view and selling the pay-per-view, and that’s how we all make money. … From the Chuck Liddell’s to the Anderson Silva’s to the Georges St-Pierre’s to the Jon Jones, Ronda Rousey. They all brought something different to the table…
“Whether it was Georges St-Pierre building the Canadian market for us,” White added. “Whether it was Anderson Silva in Brazil. Ronda Rousey bringing in women that would never watch the UFC in a million years.
“The difference between all of them and Conor McGregor, is Conor McGregor took us global. Everybody on Earth loved Conor McGregor and Conor McGregor opened up territories that had never been that interested in us before. Maybe we had a small fanbase there, but he blew the whole country up. He’s the first guy that truly was a global star.”
McGregor returned to action this year after going into a hiatus after his loss to undefeated UFC lightweight champ Khabib Nurmagomedov in 2018. He collided with Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone in the main event of UFC 246 and earned a TKO victory in just 40 seconds.
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