Stephen Thompson On Conor McGregor’s Legacy: ‘He’s Going To Be Remembered Like Muhammad Ali’

Stephen Thompson has likened the contributions of Conor McGregor in combat sports to that of Muhammad Ali.

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  • Stephen Thompson raved about Conor McGregor’s legacy
  • The UFC welterweight doesn’t think McGregor stand a chance against Kamaru Usman

Undeniably, Conor McGregor has become the biggest name in all MMA. This is the same exact reason why even some of his UFC contemporaries such as welterweight fighter Stephen Thompson give him props for what he’s done for the sport.

“Like Muhammad Ali”

Over the years, many have ranted, but many have also gushed about McGregor as well. In a recent episode of his own podcast “What’s Up Everybody,” Thompson came up with a controversial way of describing the legacy of “The Notorious.” 

According to “Wonderboy,” the UFC currently houses a couple of hype trains such as Khamzat Chimaev and Paddy Pimblett but it won’t match that of the former UFC champ-champ. For Thompson, McGregor’s MMA legacy will last forever just like Muhammad Ali’s in boxing.

“You look at these guys coming up like Khamzat Chimaev and Paddy ‘The Baddy’, they don’t have the hype around them like McGregor does,” Thompson speaking on his podcast. “Conor has just changed the game forever. I mean, he’s going down in UFC history for everything. Being champ-champ, being highest paid of all time, the biggest star ever in UFC history. He’s going to be remembered forever, like Muhammad Ali.”

Usman will obliterate McGregor

Initially, McGregor was touted to jump straight to lightweight title contention against Charles Oliveira. However, things took a huge turn when “Mystic Mac” recently announced that he wants to be the first three-weight champion and it would mean dethroning welterweight champion Kamaru Usman.

As per Thompson, McGregor may be looking jacked and all but Usman will beat the daylights out of him.

“[McGregor’s] going to get demolished [by Usman],” Thompson predicetd. “[It’s]going to be a big fight, a big payday but you’re going to get demolished. Dude, I love you Conor but you put on the weight like that and you’re fighting a dude at 170 [pounds]. I mean you got to try and put some weight on to become a real 170 [pounder]. I mean, look at Kamaru, look at the biceps and shoulders on that guy.”

“[And] he’s got both attributes, he’s got cardio for days and he’s one of the top wrestlers in the welterweight division,” he continued.

McGregor is edging closer to his highly-anticipated return. He hasn’t tasted victory for more than two years and it will be interesting to see how the Irish MMA superstar will bounce back.

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