Conor McGregor Reveals His Ambition to Have Highlights Like Roy Jones Jr. and Mike Tyson

Published 01/22/2021, 11:10 AM EST


UFC star Conor McGregor has praised boxing icons Muhammad Ali, Mike Tyson, and Roy Jones Jr, as he envisioned to produce several highlight reels in his fighting career, similar to the combat veterans.

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McGregor will return to action against Dustin Poirier at the headliner of UFC 257, and he is confident of bagging the win. Being one of the richest superstars of the sport, McGregor now wants to fight for iconic moments because that’s what he claims to live forever.

As per ‘The Notorious’ one he still watches Tyson and Ali’s highlights, explaining the importance of such moments in a fighter’s career.

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In the press conference for UFC 257, Conor McGregor said, “All the money, all the belts, all everything that comes and that goes. You know what lives on? Highlights.

“A fighter’s highlight, you look at Roy Jones Jr’s highlights, Mike Tyson’s highlights. I still look at them today, Ali’s highlights. I want my highlight reel to be like a movie.”

Conor McGregor already has plenty of such moments in his career. Starting from his 13 seconds KO over Jose Alo in featherweight to knockout out Donald Cerrone within 40 seconds at welterweight, the Irishman has seen several grand moments.

However, McGregor wants to be remembered for greatness, and being a fan of Ali and Tyson, he will have to land more wins to attain a similar honor.

If McGregor vanquishes Poirier in their upcoming clash, it will resurrect his dominance at 155 lbs. So, he might be aiming for another movie-like victory for himself at this stage.

Conor McGregor and his love for the fighting legends

McGregor has always derived inspiration from legends, likely Muhammad Ali and Bruce Lee. He has often tried to imitate them on social media posts. From re-creating Ali’s iconic underwater picture to Bruce Lee’s moves, McGregor has done it all.

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He also recreated a similar style to Ali after bagging a lucrative paycheck from fighting Floyd Mayweather. McGregor posed with all the money, re-creating Ali’s picture in fashion.

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So, it makes sense when the UFC star wants to put a similar aura in his MMA career. Do you think Conor McGregor will be a bigger superstar than Ali and Tyson?

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Raj Sarkar

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A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. He combined his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports and has a combined 2000 plus bylines in MMA and boxing over the last two years.

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