‘Conor McGregor Put This Sport on the Map’- UFC Legend Quinton Jackson Says He Is a Fan of Conor McGregor

Published 08/18/2021, 4:10 AM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NV: UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor speaks to the media at the post fight press conference after his 13 second knockout victory over Jose Aldo in their featherweight championship fight during the UFC 194 event inside MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Brandon Magnus/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


Former UFC light-heavyweight champion, Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson recently appeared at The MMA Hour show for a chat with Ariel Helwani. ‘Rampage’, a legend of MMA, shared his take on the sport’s biggest superstar ever, Conor McGregor.

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Earlier, MMA was nowhere near the level of other mainstream sports in terms of popularity. But, in the recent past, the sport has earned a newfound fan base. And it’s tough to deny that McGregor deserves an enormous chunk of credit for that. From his impeccable mic skills to some of the memorable performances inside the Octagon, the Irish fighter has been always attracting eyeballs in whatever he does.

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Oh man, Conor McGregor put this sport on the map. You know, there’s no denying that we’re most definitely out there. People are aware of us, you know, Conor McGregor brought like casual fans and get them interested in the sport. But I don’t know if those people are tuning into other fighters or stuff like that, but a lot more people are talking about our sport right now though,” said Jackson.

Quinton Jackson doesn’t agree with everything Conor McGregor does

McGregor is a polarizing figure, like none else. His trash talk sometimes crosses the limits and might appear over the top. Also, ‘Rampage’ addressed the troubles ‘The Notorious’ gets into outside the Octagon.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JANUARY 17: Conor McGregor of Ireland poses on the scale during the UFC 246 weigh-in at Park Theater at Park MGM on January 17, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)

Yeah, I don’t agree with everything Conor says. But I think he’s great for the sport. But you know, at the end of the day, he’s an entertainer, so I don’t I don’t take anything he said like offensive or anything like that in my book Conor can do and say whatever he wants,” said Jackson.

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As McGregor has been involved in several unwanted situations in recent years, ‘Rampage’ wants the Irishman to get a hold of his actions.

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But I’m a fan of Conor McGregor because what he’s done for the sport, I just want you to chill out from beating the old man and sh*t like that. You know that? That ain’t right,” Jackson concluded.

What do you make of ‘Rampage’ Jackson’s words about McGregor? Let us know.

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Apratim Banerjee

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Apratim Banerjee is an MMA author for EssentiallySports and has been writing professionally for almost a year. Before his current gig, Apratim worked as a UFC writer for Sportskeeda. A long-time MMA fan, Apratim has developed a critical eye for the sport that has helped him transfer his vast knowledge to his copies and give hardcore and casual readers a detailed insight into the fights and fighters.

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