Dana White Believes Conor Mcgregor Is Most Underrated Fighter In Terms Of Fighting Ability In UFC
Former two division champion Cono McGregor hasn’t competed inside the Octagon since claiming the lightweight title at UFC 205, after defeating Eddie Alvarez where he became the UFC’s first fighter to hold titles in two-weight divisions simultaneous.
‘The Notorious’ was stripped of the 155lbs crown back in April due to inactivity which was later won by Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 223.
Mcgregor who is making a long-awaited UFC return at UFC 229 and will challenge Khabib Nurmagomedov for a lightweight title. According to UFC president Dana White, this fight has a potential to be the biggest in the history of promotion as well in terms of financial projection. No doubt Mcgregor is the biggest PPV draw star in UFC following Georges St -Pierre and WWE star Brock Lesnar.
If Irishman comes out victorious, he will regain the lightweight title for the second time. According to Dana White, Mcgregor has already achieved the highs of his career people still underestimate his star power and think Irishman book for such kind of fights due of his trash talking persona not for his fighting abilities.
White said People are not giving Mcgregor due respect as a fighter.
“It’s funny to say this because of how popular he is and what a huge star he is. But I think Conor McGregor is one of the most underrated fighters in the UFC,” White said on UFC Unfiltered (Via Bloody Elbow).
“Every time Conor McGregor comes out to fight somebody new and it’s a wrestler or it’s whatever. This is the fight that Conor is going to lose. He said that he would knock out Jose Aldo the way he did it. He said he would do it in the first round.”
White also points out any time Mcgregor comes out to fight a wrestler he is being grilled for his skills that he can’t win, but he did in the past. At UFC 187, McGregor took mixed martial arts by storm, after knocking out Chad Mendes in the second round to claim the interim title back in 2015. The same thing goes for Eddie Alvarez fight at UFC 205, both time Irishman made history.
White continued by stating, “A lot of people picked him to lose to Eddie Alvarez because of Eddie Alvarez’s style and wrestling. Look how he looked there. Leading up to the fight when he fought Chad Mendes. Chad Mendes is a wrestler, everybody believed that he would do that.
Then after [Conor] won everybody said that Chad Mendes didn’t have enough time to train for it. The list goes on and on.”
Mcgregor opened as the betting underdog for his UFC 229 return against Khabib Nurmagomedov, but that may not last long as we still have two months for this fight to go down and things possible could change.
UFC 229 is set to take place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on Oct. 6.
Who do you think will come out on top between Mcgregor and Khabib? Do you think Irishman will make an upset like he did in the past beating the wrestlers?